Hardy Bulbs. Was: [pbs] Grass Aloes

J.E. Shields jshields@indy.net
Sat, 27 Nov 2004 05:36:20 PST
Sheri and all,

Micro-environment seems to make a huge difference with marginally hardy 
bulbs.  I mulch my Crinum bulbs that overwinter outdoors in the 
ground.  Gladiolus survive in one spot but not in another.  In a row of 
bulbs of a single clone of Nerine bowdenii, 2/3 die and the rest hang 
on.  It is a bit mysterious.

I am trying to get some of my Crinums tested in other gardens besides mine 
around here.  I should have a better idea of their hardiness as time goes on.

Jim Shields

At 08:11 AM 11/27/2004 -0500, you wrote:

>Jim and all -
>I second the vote on the hardy aloes! I have not trialed any of them yet. I
>was able to move in August to an acre and a half of land with a house and a
>huge barn that I am going to turn into a botanical garden.
>I did try a Crinium lily and set it up in a raised bed right against the
>foundation of my greenhouse last winter and it did not make it.
>I am very interested in learning about some of the different plants and
>bulbs that have been trialed in zone 5 and successfully over wintered.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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