old homestead bulbs

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Wed, 10 Feb 2010 11:06:36 PST
I remember exploring some woodlands that had recently become a public park
near my house several years back and was excited by some mystery bulb.  I
thought it was a new (to me) native wildflower but it turned out to be
Ornithogalum umbellatum.  Which I've since learned can be a pest.  At any
rate, where these woods now stood must have once had a home.  And these were
the garden remnants.  Also growing nearby was a stand of Equisetum... and a
few scattered Arisaema triphyllum.  I've also found Camassia scilloides,
Delphinium tricorne, and lots of other native woodland gems throughout that
park.  My favorite discovery was a native Sisyrinchium species.

Of all these plants I think the Ornithogalum was the only true garden
remnant of the old homestead... and maybe the scouring rush.

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