AW: [pbs] Re: What follows bulbs

Hans und Babs Joschko
Mon, 16 Aug 2004 07:57:21 PDT
Hello all :
Here comes my recommendation for planting bulbs in borders :
I have found on my travels ( on the mediterranean country) the following
situation for habits of bulbplants - I saw often Peonys growing and on her
feets grows Anemone ,Crocus , Galanthus, Eranthis.... and so I have imitate
this situation on my garden and this works well,the peonys and also
Helleborus gives shadow on the summer and after cutting in fall cames the
Crocus , Galanthus and the other plants .
With best wishes from South - West -Germany

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Auftrag von Rodger Whitlock
Gesendet: Montag, 16. August 2004 16:31
Betreff: Re: [pbs] Re: What follows bulbs

On 14 Aug 04 at 15:33, Jane McGary wrote:

> What plants -- ornamental or edible -- do others sow over their bulb
> beds?

At the 1991 Western Winter Study weekend, Don Elick recommended that
bulbs not be overplanted with *anything*. In his opinion, over-
planting had two drawbacks: one, it shaded the soil, thus preventing
the bulbs from getting the warmth they need in summer to properly
ripen; and, two, no matter what you planted, it would compete with
the bulbs for nutrients, thereby weakening them.

The context was his experience with bulbs in Japan's cold, dry
winters and hot, wet summers.

To this day I remain uncertain if this is generally applicable
advice, or advice applicable only to similar climates. But as he is
(was?) a very successful grower of Mediterranean bulbs in a climate
not especially suited to them, I think his opinion is worth

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island
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