Orange Flowered Bulb Question

Diane Whitehead
Mon, 15 Mar 2004 17:17:38 PST
In May, 1979 I was able to go to the Chelsea Flower Show (on 
maternity leave, which is why I remember the date), and one vase of 
daffodils in a display of hundreds rivetted my attention.  The centre 
was bright orange, which is common, but the outer petals were soft 
orange, which I had never seen before.  I remembered its name every 
fall as I cruised the bulb boxes, Ambergate. It was never for sale. I 
had assumed it was European, but eventually I found it was developed 
by Grant Mitsch near Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.  I visited his bulb 
fields during bloom season, but the new daffodils were pinks and 
reverse bicolours, and they no longer sold Ambergate.  After a decade 
or so, it finally became available among the Dutch bulbs, so I was 
able to grow it.

I buy as many crocosmia as I can find.  I brought a lot back from 
England, and have tried hybridizing them, but so far no seedling has 
equalled its parents.

My final orange is a lost-label kniphofia which keeps the 
hummingbirds happy from midsummer till at least Christmas.

If you ask again some year, Mary Sue, I might be able to name a 
favourite tulip.  Last year I put a deer fence around the vegetable 
garden, and planted tulips for the first time in a long while. 
They're starting to bloom, but no orange ones are open yet.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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