PBS BX - experience

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Wed, 25 Apr 2007 07:06:40 PDT

Over the years I have donated many seeds and bulbs to the BX. It takes a 
lot of time to clean and sort and means that my house is not as tidy as I'd 
like with little cups of drying uncleaned seed everywhere. Every year I 
think that I'm not going to do it any more as it just takes too much time. 
It really makes my day if someone writes me a note of thanks when something 
does well for them so I think Jim's suggestion is a good one. My experience 
is that it is rare that people write me privately about what I have 
donated. Last year I donated quite a lot of "Mystery Bulbs",  bulbs that 
appeared in pots and I did not want to go to the trouble to figure out. I 
grow three or four deep pots of these every year and have fun with them as 
there is always months of bloom with different things coming on at 
different times. I wonder how they did for others. Was it worth my time or 
did they all die in the wrong climate?

At this point the main benefit I have from donating is that I have had such 
a large postage credit that it's been a long time since I had to pay for 
any of the items I've wanted from the BX.

The majority of our list members are not members of the Pacific Bulb 
Society so that is probably the reason they are not donating material as 
they would assume that they could not participate in the BX. Also I suspect 
we all are members of other groups that have seed exchanges and many people 
share their donations with more than one group.

Mary Sue

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