Once again I have lapsed in my posts to the blog. I have many valid excuses which I won't list here, but I hope to get back to posting. This is a very exciting time of year when you grow members of the Family Amaryllidaceae, and the recent blooming of Traubia modesta nudged me to post. I obtained seeds of this extremely rare species several years ago. He had rescued some bulbs that were in the way of road building. It is an extremely rare species from northern Chile and I was thrilled to obtain a few seeds. Each year a few thread like leaves emerged, and that was that. This year I saw a tiny bud opening its flower. I almost missed it, it is modest indeed, measuring only about 4cm high with flowers less than 1cm across. One scape emerged, and I carefully pollinated the flowers and have two little pods developing that are speckled with pink.
One day I will have bulbs to share.