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    That Huge - Enormous Bulb

    Mama Stella's...

    I tried to use a measuring tape, and then a baseball, but nothing showed the real size, so....

    Here is one of them in my hand!
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    Another view...

    This thing is HEAVY, and the hardest thing about digging them up is that you tend to cut them with a shovel because you don't realize how big they are.

    Still, these are in need of dividing, so I am trying to get my mind off of school for awhle, and tend to these beauties...
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    Sue,

    Did you ever figure out what the name of yours is? I do suspect that they are the same, but who knows? Marcelle, who is famous for hybridizing crinum is not that far away from the house where my grandmother lived for so many years.

    Just curious... It doesn't matter! This particular crinum will always be special to me.
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    Ann, I bought that one from a lady at a plant sale. It is at the farm and I don't have any idea what the name is. I have a new one at my house now that is pink. I bought it last year and it has multiplied already. I will post a picture when it blooms. I will also look up the name when I get a picture.
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    Well, obviously, I did not dig them all. In fact, I only dug up a few.

    These blooms surprised me today. There are 14 flower buds (that I can see so far).

    I guess that I will wait to divide the rest of them and let them bloom first.

    Pretty! Since I do not know the name, I call it "Mama Stella". That is what everyone called my grandmother (especially the grandchildren, but even unrelated adults called her that).
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    Soooo.... Pretty!

    Just like my Mama Stella always was...
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    Another scape...
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    And still another to open...

    (I haven't ventured to the back fence to see if those are blooming yet. They need to be moved because they are now in too much shade, but GEE! They don't seem to mind too much water or too much drought)

    Gotta love them!
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    Could the raspberry one be Ellen Bousanquet ?
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    It's a very good possibility, but I will probably never know for sure.

    Does anyone know if these bulbs get almost the size of a football?

    This one was a pass along to my grandmother, and she lived within a reasonable distance of Marcelle, the crinum hybridizer in Conroe, TX so it may very well NOT be a marketed bulb.

    It's really nice, isn't it?
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    Oh well, as the saying goes: a rose by any other name would smell as sweet !

    I found this link while searching for the hybridizer of EB(duh, his name was Bousanquet) but notice how this person indicates they got their bulbs in Katy Texas. She says 8" bulbs. Gee, yours are bigger than that.
    http://www.crinum.us/eb1.htm


    They are very pretty . Enjoy !
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Lexington is about half way between where Bob in Texas is (Austin) and my sister's ranch (near Bryan College Station), and probably an hour to hour and a half drive from my grandmother's house, so it is quite possible!

    Are some Crinum hardy in Kansas?
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    I do not think they are hardy in Kansas. I am sure that a nice microclimate pocket would sustain them , but in general, probably not hardy ;-(
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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    Cathy, Some might be hardy for you. There are some hardy in my zone 6. I have Powellii that has done well. It has only been in the ground for 2 years and has already developed an off shoot. When it multiplies more I will send you a bulb to try. There is a picture on the site you showed us.
    tennessee sue

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    Wow ! That would be awesome if they could grow here.
    "If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come"




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