Lycoris squamigera in a country garden

Jane McGary
Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:40:45 PDT
Jim's story about the Lycoris-filled garden reminds me of one I 
passed by in Chile 2 years ago, where the entire front garden was 
filled with a striped Hippeastrum in full bloom. No doubt this 
country gardener had received a gift bulb many years ago, and 
multiplied it in this favorable climate. I've also noticed native 
species of Rhodophiala planted as ornamentals in rural Chile -- one 
of the few native species one sees used this way, despite the noble 
efforts of Drs. Riedemann and Aldunate and their "Flora Native de 
Valor Ornamental" series.

A project I intend to see to when I've retired is going to some old 
Oregon gardens of which I have the addresses from back issues of the 
Rock Garden Quarterly, to find out if the collections described there 
40 or so years ago still exist even in remnants. One is a violet 
collection, and another is snowdrops.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA
At 02:55 PM 8/9/2009, you wrote:
>At about this time last year I stumbled upon a small country garden full of
>Lycoris squamigera. A knock on the door of the house did not bring an
>answer, and I was reluctant to enter the garden without permission. It was
>very tempting, especially since the garden was unfenced and very welcoming.

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