June bulb news

Max Withers maxwithers@gmail.com
Wed, 18 Jun 2008 22:42:04 PDT
After I got over my jealousy of the rather extensive action in Jane's
garden, I noticed that I. viridiflora and D. ida-maia are blooming for her a
full month later than me (several hundred miles south). In fact, these two
so regularly bloom for me on May 15 (in the short time that I've had a
garden) that I had assumed that D. ida-maia was named for the Ides of May.
But I recently looked up Alphonso Woods's 1867 description of "Brevoortia
ida-maia" and confirmed that it was named after an Ida May, the daughter of
the stage driver from Yreka to Shasta City (ca. halfway between me and

Woods also noticed the coincidence; quoted briefly here:

In the unlikely event that any pbs member does not own Bulbs of North
America, I strongly recommend that they buy it from Jane immediately. I did
not object to the separation of the plates from the text -- I just wanted
more plates. (There are many, and they are good, I'm just a glutton).

Max Withers
Oakland CA

Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 11:54:13 -0700
From: Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net>
Subject: [pbs] June bulb news
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.....Even more unusual in color is Ixia viridiflora, which has managed a
stem of its glowing turquoise blooms despite a very cold winter (I suppose
it isn't an Ixia any more -- has it fallen to the advance of the Freesia

In the garden, the main bulb interest is currently provided by the taller
Ornithogalum species, the Brodiaea alliance (including Dichelostemma,
Triteleia, and Bloomeria)....

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