Blue Blooms forum: 'Blue Stars' aka Triteleia 'Stars of Spring' .. Blue Flowering Spring Bulbs

 
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 3, 2015 8:03 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Hello Everyone!

I'm also a lover of blue .. everything, including flowers! My home is in Australia, in an area of Northern NSW known as the 'New England Area' along the Great Dividing Range, not far from the QLD border.

But, as we are approx. 3,000ft above sea level, we do not .. or rarely .. have humity & our Summers are usually dry-ish & can be quite warm (upto 40'c on odd occassions) but 'normally' around mid 30'c's.
Winters are usually quite cold & it's common to get down to -8/-9/-10'c during the night & stay around 4'c-7'c during the daytime. This winter it snowed here for the 1st time in some 12yrs. but we always get frosts.
Spring & Autumn temps are almost interchangeable here, except that everything grows in Spring & we have many gorgeous Autumn colours with introduced trees etc.

Gardening can be a challenge for year round colour .. most of the 'green thumbs' in town manage though!
Here's a pic or 2 of the first 'blue' bulbs for this Spring! I love these Triteleia 'Stars of Spring' .. and they also come in white. :) Spot the 'ring-in' ?

Growing around the base of a Crab Apple tree:

Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/6e50c8

Growing in a pot:


Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/d0439d
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ImageSharon
Sep 3, 2015 8:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Fleur! Welcome to Blue Gardens.

That is a truly lovely blue bloom, don't you just love them? I don't think I've ever seen Triteleia but what a beauty.

So does this mean it's nearing Summer there? We have a member who frequents our Blue Gardens Chat thread, her daughter and family live in Australia and she and her husband just returned from a visit there. She's in the process of sharing pictures now, so I'm going to invite you to join us there. It's a lively thread and not all about plants, but plants are a big part of all our lives. If you read awhile and feel so inclined, just join right in. Nobody is a stranger for very long and we'd love to have you with us.

Here's the link: http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/82066/

The thread's long but of course you don't have to read every single word, you can join right in anywhere, anytime. So happy you're here.
ImageArleneB
Sep 3, 2015 9:18 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Fleur, what beautiful spring blooms. I don't think I have ever seen them before either. I particularly like the blue stripe going down the center of the petal. Hope to see you over at the very chatty Blue Gardens chat! Welcome.
ImageMoonhowl
Sep 3, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Hi Fleur and welcome from me also. I tip my hat to you.

Lovely Triplet lilies.. It won't be long until Spring is in full bloom. for you. Slowly but surely I am learning to convert temps and measures from metric. The grandsons delight in "teaching Grandma". If my lessons are correct, you would be in the same plant hardiness zone as Sharon, z6-7 about, so Sharon you could have pretty blues in Spring.

. My daughter married a fellow from Townsville, QLD and they and their two sons live in Brisbane/Northgate. You mentioned the New England area, are you near the Moonbi Range? My son-in-law Peter pointed them out to me on our flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 2007. We try to see as much as possible on each trip as both Husband Jim and I think Australia is a beautiful and fascinating country.

I join Sharon in hoping you will join us.

Kind Regards, Moon (Jean)
What I don't know is why books are written.
Image9kittymom
Sep 3, 2015 9:58 PM CST
Name: Susan Coker
Bartlesville, Oklahoma,zone 6a
Welcome to Blue Gardens, I mostly read other's posts, but occasionally chime in with a silly story.

Glad to see you. I tip my hat to you.
ImageElena
Sep 3, 2015 11:52 PM CST
Name: Elena
Middle Tennessee
Welcome Fleu. I am like Susan and mostly just read the posts and chime in occasionally. You will love it here as the folks are so friendly and helpful in so many ways. We share our thoughts and our pictures plus you can find someone here who knows something about almost everything.
I have a small bit of Australia right here in Tennessee. It is my son-in-law who is from Melbourne and we just love him dearly, especially love to hear him talk. I hope he never loses that charming accent. He says we Tennesseans are the ones with the accents. Big Grin
Imagevic
Sep 4, 2015 2:56 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Welcome Fleur!

What beautiful blooms Lovey dubby

Looking forward to you joining us on Blue Gardens Thumbs up

Our daughter lived in Australia for a year in the 80's. I treasure her photo's and stories. Lovey dubby
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 2:59 AM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Thank you everyone for your cheery & bright welcomes! I'm sure to chime in occassionally & probably in the wrong forums .. still finding my way around here & also ATP ..
It seems that Australia is part of many people's lives in so many different ways .. and isn't it great that sites & groups bring us all so much closer! I think I can reply to individual comments thru the 'quote' link, is that correct?

Found some other blue flowers & took some pics this afternoon .. so off to post them now!
Oh, forgot to mention .. those lovely little Triteleia can be left to naturalize in large plantings & as they grow very close together, they can be used IN the lawn & die down later in the season & can then be mowed over until the next year.
Several houses in our town have them growing like that .. and I haven't taken a photo! Sad
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Imageirisarian
Sep 4, 2015 9:36 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Welcome & great fun to see blue flowers. Ours are disappearing of course on the way to official autumn & not many blue ones this time of year.
ImageSharon
Sep 4, 2015 9:43 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
See, what did I tell you, Fleur, we have such a lovely group of folks.
So glad you are joining us!

I call you 'Fleur' because my flying fingers don't stop after the u. They just seem to have to add that 'r'. Smiling
ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:04 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

[quote="Sharon"]Hi Fleur! Welcome to Blue Gardens.

Thankyou Sharon!

Maybe Triteleia is known as s'thing else? in the USA, I'm not sure .. it's the botanical name & very popular here even in mail order sources.
We are 'just in' Spring now, as from 1st September .. we are lucky in this areas to have 4 distinct seasons, as coastal Aust. has just two .. hot n cold! Big Yellow Grin

I'll be sure to join the group thru the link, thankyou! Group hug
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:13 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

ArleneB wrote:Fleur, what beautiful spring blooms. I don't think I have ever seen them before either. I particularly like the blue stripe going down the center of the petal. Hope to see you over at the very chatty Blue Gardens chat! Welcome.


Thankyou! The blue stripe can look very pronounced in photos, esp. when the sun is behind them. Looking forward to the group chats!
A pic of a single bloom, stripe included. Big Yellow Grin Thumb of 2015-09-04/FleuDeLis/ead6be
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Moonhowl wrote:Hi Fleur and welcome from me also. I tip my hat to you.

Lovely Triplet lilies.. It won't be long until Spring is in full bloom. for you. Slowly but surely I am learning to convert temps and measures from metric. The grandsons delight in "teaching Grandma". If my lessons are correct, you would be in the same plant hardiness zone as Sharon, z6-7 about, so Sharon you could have pretty blues in Spring.

. My daughter married a fellow from Townsville, QLD and they and their two sons live in Brisbane/Northgate. You mentioned the New England area, are you near the Moonbi Range? My son-in-law Peter pointed them out to me on our flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 2007. We try to see as much as possible on each trip as both Husband Jim and I think Australia is a beautiful and fascinating country.

I join Sharon in hoping you will join us.

Kind Regards, Moon (Jean)


Ty, Jean! Yes, Spring has sprung here .. thank goodness for that .. Winter was dreadful this year. :(
Oh, I can do Imperial no worries .. never could get the full grasp of metric when we changed ..
2 of my step-sons live about 3-4hrs south of Townsville, but I've never been up that far .. too hot for me! I did a short 'stint' of living in Briz but , wow, was I glad to move back to the bush here!
The Moonbi Ranges are part of the larger Great Dividing Range & are about 3hrs (300klms) south of here .. all down-hill to Tamworth .. and fantastic bush country.
See you in the chat forum! :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:26 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

9kittymom wrote:Welcome to Blue Gardens, I mostly read other's posts, but occasionally chime in with a silly story.

Glad to see you. I tip my hat to you.


Hi & thankyou! I love a good story .. it was the one by Sharon that caught my eye & I joined! See you in chat etc! :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Elena wrote:Welcome Fleu. I am like Susan and mostly just read the posts and chime in occasionally. You will love it here as the folks are so friendly and helpful in so many ways. We share our thoughts and our pictures plus you can find someone here who knows something about almost everything.
I have a small bit of Australia right here in Tennessee. It is my son-in-law who is from Melbourne and we just love him dearly, especially love to hear him talk. I hope he never loses that charming accent. He says we Tennesseans are the ones with the accents. Big Grin


Hi, Elena & thank you! Oh, everyone should have a bit of Australia! Big Yellow Grin Gee, I get that 'accent' when I go to NZ to visit hubby's family .. but they have the accent, not me! lol See you in chat forum .. pity we don't have Skye attached some how so we could hear each others accents! lol
ps. everyone, my real name is Dianne. :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:38 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

vic wrote:Welcome Fleur!

What beautiful blooms Lovey dubby

Looking forward to you joining us on Blue Gardens Thumbs up

Our daughter lived in Australia for a year in the 80's. I treasure her photo's and stories. Lovey dubby


Hi & thankyou Vic! I'll try to add as many 'blue flower' photos as I can .. ah, another little Aussie connection! Maybe able to add some Aussie stories in chat! :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:41 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

irisarian wrote:Welcome & great fun to see blue flowers. Ours are disappearing of course on the way to official autumn & not many blue ones this time of year.


Hi & thankyou! I'll add some blue iris, as I see you must like iris by your name! Might cheer e'one up adding flower pics from this end while yours go back to sleep! :)
See you in chat, too! :)
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ImageFleuDeLis
Sep 4, 2015 4:43 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

Sharon wrote:See, what did I tell you, Fleur, we have such a lovely group of folks.
So glad you are joining us!

I call you 'Fleur' because my flying fingers don't stop after the u. They just seem to have to add that 'r'. Smiling


Hi, Sharon .. maybe I should add the 'r' .. or everyone could just call me Dianne! :) Just don't forget the 2 'n's' lol
So glad that I joined you all! Group hug
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ImageMoonhowl
Sep 4, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA
In the eyes of a child you will see
Hi Dianne Smiling

We have Triteleia here, some folks know it as Brodiaea or Queen Fabiola, others call them Triplet lilies, and still others as Shooting Stars...


http://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Tritelei...


Thanks for the info on Moonbi I tip my hat to you.
What I don't know is why books are written.
ImageSharon
Sep 4, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I knew the 'Dianne' from ATP but I was waiting for your permission before using it here. Smiling

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