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From: Al Wootten awootten at NRAO.EDU> on 2001.05.08 at 19:11:41(6388)
Thanks Craig for the updates...I only wish I were passing through Miami
sometime soon. I was lucky enough to pass by Raleigh this weekend past
on my way from recovering my son's college stuff back to home. Lucky because
it was open house at Plant Delights. Several A. konjac were in stately bloom
in the Juniper Level garden by the gazebo--a thoroughly delightful garden
I might add. I didn't think the smell bad at all, though my mother, traveling
with me, disagreed. Numerous Arisaemae dotted the woodland floor. In the
nursery I found out how well the name fits--each house held a new collection
of treasures. I picked up as many as I could carry--blooming A. sikokianum
and kiusianum Makino and several non-aroids. The real treasure, however,
was a Dracunculus vulgaris in bud. I worried for the remaining 7 hours
of the trip that it would bloom in the car and get me in real trouble with
my mother. Every little scent of a passing paper factory got us worried.
However, it is now safely in the garden where I only have to worry that
it will bloom while I am traveling this next week and asphyxiate my wife
and sons. I'm not sure how long the bloom lasts, but it appears a few
days from opening; perhaps I can pollinate it and get some seed...

Great show, Tony!

From: Paul Tyerman ptyerman at ozemail.com.au> on 2001.05.09 at 02:25:16(6394)

>and sons. I'm not sure how long the bloom lasts, but it appears a few
>days from opening; perhaps I can pollinate it and get some seed...

Every year I think that my Dracunculus are "just about to open" and they
wait at least another week. They seem to get to the point of looking like
they'll open and then wait for a week before doing it (perhaps they're just
a tease?).

So.... you may be home to see the flower open?


Paul Tyerman

From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2001.05.09 at 15:44:07(6401)

It's getting rather late in the Fetish Season for the upside down Antipodes.
I hope your Dracunculus will stop and you'll make them start doing it.

From: "Petra Schmidt" petra at plantdelights.com> on 2001.05.09 at 15:48:35(6403)
Dang...Al...you should've let us know you were on the property - it would
have been so nice to meet and for us to meet you...did you see the Arisaema
trial bed?
From: magrysbo at shu.edu on 2001.05.14 at 20:01:40(6440)
They're building up the stink...

Paul Tyerman @mobot.org on 05/08/2001 10:26:01 PM

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