2012 Images Added to the Edgewood Gardens Web Site

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Tue, 01 Jan 2013 16:47:01 PST
I missed the subtle British humor re. infectious enthusiasms at first pass!

Geophytes and cacti are good companions, but I'm not adding the 
latter to my bulb beds for the reason Matt Mattus mentioned:
"Do you have any problems with weeds?"

I think the only way to weed around a cactus is to use a long-nosed 
pliers or large tweezers. I recall my mother doing that with her 
cactus collection, which I hated as a child. For the bulb beds, I use 
a shellfish tool shaped like a long, narrow spoon, so the rounded 
edge doesn't damage the bulbs as I scoop out the hundreds of cress 
and Eccremocarpus seedlings. The latter, a Chilean climber, is very 
decorative on the screened sides of the bulb house, attracting 
hummingbirds, but I can't reach all the capsules to prevent its 
releasing its wind-dispersed seeds. Fortunately, the seedlings are 
not quite hardy in the open here. I think you could almost call it a 
geophyte -- it has an enlarged rhizome. I've also caused my own 
problems with weeds by planting a lot of dryland annuals in a 
graveled area next to the bulb house, as a way of utilizing a space 
that has to be left available for vehicle access to the back garden.

It looks from the photos like John Lonsdale is growing his Asphodelus 
acaulis near a building foundation? I haven't tried it in the open 
yet, but since being released from its mesh pot last spring it has 
grown fast and I should have a spare crown to play with next summer. 
This is a wonderful low plant producing many flowers of an unusual 
warm pink color in late winter. The foliage, though profuse, is not 
long or messy.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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