Scilla Natalensis

diana chapman
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Dear All:

There is (or used to be) a magnificent display of Scilla natalensis at the
Berkeley Botanical Garden in California.  This garden is near the San
Francisco bay, where winters are very mild, with only occasional frosts,
although about once every ten years there can be a significant freeze - bad
enough to kill citrus trees.  These bulbs seems to bloom very reliably in
spite of very mild winter temperatures.  Rainfall is about 20-25" (50-60cm)
each winter, and falls from October until about March.  Summers are totally
dry.  I am not sure if the bulbs are still there, since there was a total
renovation of this part of the garden about three years ago.  They grew on a
west-facing, moderately steep hill, fully exposed to the sun.


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