Landscaping with Bulbs--TOW

David Sneddon
Mon, 06 Oct 2003 16:43:31 PDT
First a quick introduction. My name is David Sneddon, I live on the Central Coast, a coastal region around Gosford city 80 Km North of Sydney, Australia. It's zone 9/10 subtropical here.
My primary interest with bulbs (and those used in landscaping my garden) are the bulbs for warm climates and especially the Amaryllids. I like Crinums, Nerines, Amaryllis belladonna, Hymenocallis, Gladdys, Kniphofias and many more which won't fit into a quick intro.
I also have as a front feature garden what I call my winter garden which is where my magnolia grows with lots of daffodils and freesia. This is framed with lavender and a leucospermum.
I got started into bulbs about 8 months ago when considering the plants to use around my new house, which is not big. I love cottage gardens so my first question was how can I use bulbs in a cottage style garden. These go great because everything can be crowded and run a little riot. Also salvia's and other perennials or annuals can cover up somewhat the flopping bulb leaves as they die back.
Outside of my garden I find the history, tradition and sociology with bulbs really facinating especially with respect to bulbs like Amaryllis Belladonna and Bidwells crosses etc, Hippeastrum species and so on. I enjoy driving around the Central Coast and Hunter Valley regions visiting old sites and talking with folk at market stalls.
I enjoy reading the PBS lists and especially the NERINE TOW (Hamish etc.) and articles by Les Hannibal.

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