Favorite Pink Bulbs-TOW

Lee Poulsen wpoulsen@pacbell.net
Wed, 11 Aug 2004 13:25:16 PDT
I happen to love vibrant colors as much as I do pastels, so my favorite 
shades of pink are either the vibrant/intense almost magenta pinks or 
the smooth-as-cream cotton candy pink shades. I'm going to break Mary 
Sue's rule and list more than five:

Rhodohypoxis baurii. Although I would love to see masses of these 
blooming in the Drakensberg (the one time I was there was late winter, 
and I was probably in the wrong part of them), they still look great 
smothering a pot in intense pink

Amaryllis belladonna, especially the ones that have other related 
genuses in their ancestry.  Although the plain species is now in full 
bloom all over the place here, mine in pots are just now sending up 

Lycoris sprengeri, also just now sending up scapes in my pots. While I 
agree with Jane about pink forms of normally blue flowers, a normally 
pink flower with edges of electric blue is very striking to me.

Since I'm not a species purist: intense pink Hippeastrum commercial 

Watsonia 'Opal'. A hard to find cultivar that is a nearly pearlescent 
shade of pink.

Dierama pulcherrimum. Big arching fountains of this in Golden Gate Park 
in San Francisco.

Zephyranthes 'Labuffarosea' (xCooperanthes 'Labufaroseus' according to 
T. Howard). A good one of these has the best shade of pink of all the 
Zephyranthes, IMO.

I *love* pink cup (W-P and Y-P) Narcissus cultivars.

Veltheimia bracteata, both the species and the rosealba cultivars.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

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