Spring Bulb Misc & hello

Robt R Pries rpries@sbcglobal.net
Mon, 28 Apr 2008 12:55:58 PDT
Nancy; Seeds of bulbs are often available through a
number of plant societies. The Pacific Bulb Society
which is the sponsor of this chat group offers seeds
through their seed & bulb exchange. Posts labeled BX
will appear from time to time. Members of the North
American Rock Garden Society recieve a seed exchange
with usually around six thousand selections many of
which are bulbs. The Species Iris group of North
America offers seed of Iris and other Iris family
relatives. It is amazing what is available within the
world of plant societies but these things don't get
advertized in the garden magazines. Welcome to the
group there are many great plantspeople here.

--- Nancy Ellis <ellis@onlinenw.com> wrote:

> Hello all-
> 	I'm new to this list and have not yet explored the
> archives  
> thoroughly so if I'm asking for info already posted,
> please forgive  
> my impatience to learn...
> 	I do not grow many Iris other than Siberians and
> Reticulatas and I.  
> unguicularis (spelling ?)  - oh, and some Tall
> Bearded that came w/  
> our property-  and thus I've no experience w/  Aril
> and Onco Iris but  
> have thought perhaps I'd one day try them.
> Now that I've read Rick's post (below) I've decided
> not to risk the  
> 'wet dishrag' - sigh-
>   is there a sort that would do well w/out special
> care in my  
> climate? Which is wet winter/ dry summer, Zone 8,
> sun/shade.
> 	And to introduce myself a bit: East Coast
> transplant here for 17  
> years with a main passion for Narcissus species and
> hybrids and a  
> love for bulbs in general. No professional
> horticultural or botanical  
> training although my love of plants did take me into
> part-time work  
> in a specialty nursery where the emphasis is on
> perennials/shrubs/ 
> vines. 99% of our plants are propagated by ourselves
> and after 5  
> years I've absorbed quite a bit of hands-on
> experience of the nursery  
> business. The bulbs we sell are not unusual. One
> owner grows special  
> things for his own enjoyment and of course I egg him
> on...mainly by  
> sowing all the seeds from all the bulbs. My own
> garden has suffered  
> sadly in the past year from neglect caused by a long
> bout of  
> tendinitis. I find container growing easier but will
> not give up on  
> planting Narcissus in the ground. I began making
> hybrid Narcissus  
> crosses about 5 yrs ago. I love all the species and
> have planted J&J  
> seeds several times. I wonder why it is that species
> bulbs are not  
> made more available to the gardening public- perhaps
> one of you has  
> the answer! (I do not mean wild collected; I mean
> garden/nursery grown)
> 	End of my short bio--
> Nancy Ellis
> ---summer watering is just not on my chore list but
> if the plant  
> demands it,  I'll consider it....
> Willamette Valley
> Dayton, Oregon
> On 28 Apr  08, at 9:21 AM, Clayton3120 wrote:
> LOL,
> Like you said, location, location, location.
> Arums  in my garden(Seattle) have  become a weed,
> even the selected  
> forms
> people pay big $$$$ for. They apparently like our
> wet climate with dry
> summers.
> As for Aril  and Onco Iris, they look like  a wet
> dishrag going thru  
> winter,
> and barely survive. It just gets too wet here.
> My greenhouse and tunnels  are overflowing with
> other goodies to be
> coddling these spring flash-in- the pan  beauties,
> so will admire the  
> photos
> you all send in.
> Happy Spring.
> Rick
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