Sunday, February 6, 2011

First Flowers of the Year

Paid another visit to the greenhouse on this Super Bowl Sunday. Being a huge Packers fan, I needed something to calm the nerves, so a visit to the greenhouse was the perfect remedy. I was happy to see germination in just about every pot of seeds I had sown this fall/winter. Also, the first flowers have opened up. First is the open-pollinated oreophila x willisii shown in the previous post. It has some interesting lobes on a few of the petals. Not sure if this is a genetic thing, or just due to environmental factors:
The other flowers to have opened up are 'Doreen's Colossus', a flava x oreophila hybrid:
I crossed the 2 plants, using 'Doreen's Colossus' as the pollen donor on the open-pollinated oreophila x willisii.
My last order of business for the day was discarding 1-year-old seedlings that were deceased, which turned out to be more than I had thought. I'd say roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the pots had dead plants in them. Here is a pic of the empty pots following the mass burial:
There are still a lot of seedlings left, so I am not too upset, although I did lose 100% of several crosses that had potential. On the bright side, this frees up some space, and pots, which are in short supply.
There should be several more flowers open by next weekend. I will have to invest in some paintbrushes.


  1. Even though I'm in Southern California your greenhouse plants are at least a couple of weeks ahead of my outdoor ones. Pretty exciting time of year with all the potential crosses. My brain has been buzzing with all the crosses I'll be making this year. And funny about your comment about how dead plants mean room for living ones. It's perverse, but I'm so cramped with plants I feel exactly the same way!