Favorite Pink Bulbs-TOW

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Thu, 12 Aug 2004 14:00:08 PDT
I had a surprisingly hard time coming up with just five favorite
pink-flowered geophytes. So my list runneth over:

1. Tulips, especially the members of the humilis/pulchellus group and the
members of the saxatilis/bakeri/cretica group 

2. Tulips, big hybrid tulips such as Pink Impression and some of the other
modern gigantic tulips in this color range - including the doubles and parrots

3. Habranthus brachyandrus for its handsome poise

4. Colchicum in general, but especially some of the old tessellated Zocher
hybrids which are now about a century old - and also the plant known for
years as Bulbocodium vernum

5. Hellonias bullata, which suggests a hardy Veltheimia

6. any fragrant pink Lilium

7. any of the pink-flowered garden hyacinths, single-flowered or double

8. Lycoris squamigera, so easy in our climate

9. Calopogon pulchellus, showy and easy 

10. Tigridia pavonia in pink

Did someone say five? And that list omits such old friends as garden glads
and dahlias. 

I've tried hard to work up an enthusiasm for pink daffodils. But I really
prefer the very oldest ones such as Mrs. Backhouse and Louise de Coligny
which still have some warmth in the pink color. Some of the "latest and
greatest" pinks strike me as being very cold. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where local gardens are in
the pink thanks to lots of impatiens.

At 06:25 PM 8/9/2004 -0700, you wrote:
>Dear All,
>We have been moving through the color spectrum and sharing every couple of 
>months which bulbs of a certain color are our favorites. Please tell us 
>which five pink bulbs are your favorites. Be sure and include where you 
>live in your address. I expect that with some pink "" ladies or boys 
>blooming or about to bloom some of them might make it on someone's list.
>We'll do purple another month and you can decide which category to put 
>those that are on the line. That latest Lilium of Jim McKenney's was really 
>pretty and I'm not sure what color he'd call it.
>Mary Sue
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