Native Bulbs for the Prairies of Dallas

Lee Poulsen
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:55:38 PDT
Chris Wiesinger wrote:
> Thank you for your help.  And...if anyone missed it...I am still in the red
> cabin farming bulbs in Texas, but I'm now married!  So, Rebecca and I are in
> the cabin (traveling right now though) farming away.
> Sincerely,
> Chris
> Chris Wiesinger

Hey, I was hoping Chris would join this list! I can't find any previous 
message from him on PBS, but I believe he should submit his nursery 
information to Mike Mace for inclusion on the PBS bulb sources list. 
Chris is the proprietor of The Southern Bulb Co., and since I grew up in 
Texas, I have a soft spot for any bulb people who offer bulbs that will 
grow and/or thrive in Texas, such as Chris's nursery or Patty Allen's 
nursery. Of the three large southern U.S. states with such nice (and 
different from the rest of the U.S.) plant growing climates (Florida, 
Texas, and California), I have always felt like Texas has always been 
the most shortchanged of the three. The "common" statement I heard 
growing up was "Oh, that won't grow in Texas. The climate is too 
difficult here to grow much of anything." And yet people like Thad 
Howard, who discovered many new bulb species and wrote "Bulbs for Warm 
Climates", and Scott Ogden who wrote another great bulb book, "Garden 
Bulbs for the South", both live(d) in Texas. (Thad recently passed away.)

I've followed Chris's website/nursery almost since he started it, and 
have silently wished him well (and congrats on the marriage!). But I 
also really wished he could hook up with some of the very knowledgeable 
people on this list, or rather, learn a lot more about what he appears 
to spend most of his time doing by being on this list. And lo and 
behold, here he is. (BTW, is Patty's nursery on the list as well, Mike? 
Bayou City Bulbs) Welcome, Chris.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USA - USDA Zone 10a

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