My introducion

Wed, 05 Sep 2012 12:22:00 PDT
Hi you all,

I like to introduce myself.

I am a new member since nearly a year. My proffession is horticulture. I 
work in the Botanical Gardens of Bonn. The tropical greenhouses 
including the Amorphophallus collection -especial A.titanum (… )- is 
together with an mediterranean bulb collection my job.

Privatly my wife Jutta and I are gardening near Bonn on about 1500 m² 
garden by the house and another 1200 m² 10 minutes walk away. Both 
gardens are quite different. One has a small creek on two sides and is 
shady and wet. The other is a south facing slope, which is hot and dry. 
Both are zone 7. Beside the perinnial borders, a small alpine garden, 
some trees and shrubs, some vegetables and fruits, we have a bulb 
collection of about 800 different taxa. Main interesst is Narcissus, 
Crocus, Fritillaria, Colchicum, different Araceae, Hyacinthaceae from 
the Mediterranean area, and since we have a frostfree glasshouse 
Gladiolus from S- Africa as well as Oxalis, Colochortus, etc. At least 
everything with a bulb is wellcome!

My wife runs a small wholesale buiseness for rare plants. This developed 
by often having so many spare bulbs and plants and not knowing what to 
do with it. This should bring in some money to support the collection.

At leased we do travel as much as possible to see plants in the wild. In 
the last years we mostly went to mediterranean countrys. But more exotic 
contries like Georgia ( Caucasus), Mongolia, Kyrgistan were on the list 
as well as Kambodia, Borneo, and other tropic places. Still it is great 
fun working with plants.

As much as my time will allow I will try to support the forum.


Michael Neumann

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