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The PBS List is an email discussion of bulbs, sponsored by the Pacific Bulb Society, for people around the world. Although bulbs (defined more broadly to include all geophytes) are the focus, we recognize that people who grow them probably grow other things too and will be talking about them from time to time. Everyone is welcome to take part, simply click on Subscribe and enter your details below.

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Scilla peruviana by Johannes-Ulrich Urban via pbs at Fri, 02 Dec 2022 11:00:26 PST
 Hello Brian, Scilla peruviana is a Portuguese native bulb and I have seen it in different places. The species is very variable and can be compact, almost dwa
Scilla peruvianna by Wylie Young via pbs at Tue, 29 Nov 2022 05:25:05 PST
I am further south than Brian, in the Açores, and even though there is more rain during the summer than in the past, not all of the bulbs bloom every year. They
Scilla peruviana by Jack & Val Myrick via pbs at Mon, 28 Nov 2022 13:02:42 PST
I grow Scilla peruviana at 2000’ in the Sierra Foothills in Northern California. Besides getting watered once a week, May through Oct., I pretty much neglect
Scilla peruviana by Brian Whyer via pbs at Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:47:51 PST
In the UK (SE in my Case) This species bulb grows very easily and increases each year with just a couple of summer months when it is not visible. If left in
Grab bag winners please read by Jan Jeddeloh via pbs at Sun, 27 Nov 2022 20:07:36 PST
Your grab bags will go out tomorrow. I had to had write the invoices because my printer is out of ink. The scrap of paper invoices tell you what to pay and to

Do I have to be a member of the Pacific Bulb Society to join the pbs list?

The pbs list is open to anyone who is interested in talking about growing bulbs.

How do I join the list?

What email address should I use to post to the list?

To post to the list send your email to The address you send it from must be the one you subscribed to the list.

I am getting too many messages? Is there any way I can get messages less often?

You can change your subscription to the digest. The digest bundles messages together and sends them out when they are a certain number or daily if there aren't very many. You can choose the digest when you subscribe if you subscribe online. You can later change to digest online. Click on the Change tab on this page. Or go to the information page listed above. On the bottom of the page there is a place for you to enter your email address if you want to unsubscribe, get a password reminder, or change your subscription options. You will need to enter the password given to you when you subscribe if you want to make changes. If you don't remember it, you can ask to have it be emailed to you. After you have the password, you can use it to make changes to your subscription options or to change your password to something you can remember.

I am going to be gone for awhile and don't want to come home to a lot of messages. Can I unsubscribe?

Instead of unsubscribing change to nomail using the same procedure outlined in the question above. When you return, change it back to regular mail or digest.

I tried to subscribe to the digest or to set my subscription to nomail and I can't figure out how to do it. What now?

As a last resort, contact one of the administrators and ask them to do it for you:
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I have a picture of a bulb I'd like the group to see? Can I send it as an attachment?

You may attach JPEG (.jpg, .jpe) photos to posts. Only post things for which you own the copyright. Your photos may be visible to everyone on the internet for all time. PBS may add posted photos to the PBS wiki. JPEG files are removed from messages and kept on the server, links to the JPEGs appear at the end of posted messages - under the text "scrubbed"

Are there any limitations on photos?

The maximum size of a message with attachments is 20MB, messages over 10MB will appear after moderation. Photos must be attached to messages. Since html emails are converted to plain text before being posted any inline images will not appear.

A message I sent to the group came through without any content? What happened?

Our program is set to remove html messages. Messages should be written in text or sent with a text copy that can be viewed after the html is removed. If you write only in formatted or styled text, your message cannot be viewed by the other members of the list.

I own a business that sells bulbs or seeds. Can I tell the others about what I have to sell?

Our host, does not allow commercial messages. Please do not use this list to publicize what you have to sell. If you are new, we encourage you to introduce yourself to the group and tell them about your business and give a link. If you have a new catalogue you can also tell the others and ask them to write you privately if they are interested in obtaining it. Please do not discuss specific items or give prices on this list. Please conduct business with members of the list privately.

I used to get messages and no longer get them. How do I find out what has happened?

The list may be going through a quiet time. You can always check the Archive to see if you are getting all of the messages:

If on checking the archives you find you are not getting the messages listed, there may be a problem with your server. First check your subscription however. If your mailbox has been full and a number of messages have been sent and returned to the list because they could not be delivered your subscription may have been disabled (set to nomail) and you will need to change it back.

I sent a message, but it never appeared? What happened?

There are several things that could have happened. Occasionally traffic is slow either through the list or your own server. You can check the archives to see if the message appears there. If it does, it is probably a problem with your server. Be patient as sometimes there are delays.
You could have posted from an address that is different than the one you used when you subscribed. Messages from non-members are held for approval and if you have done this, an administrator will write to you when he or she has a chance and ask you if you wish the message to be approved under the second address. Or you can post it again using the correct address.
Occasionally messages are held because there was a bcc (blind carbon copy) listed in the address field. The list does not allow messages with bcc in the address to be delivered. Rewrite your message and either leave out the bcc or change it to a cc (carbon copy.)

Is there a version of the list archive with the old style interface?

Yes, look here

Is my email address safe?

This is a hidden list, which means that the list of members is available only to the list administrator. But if you post to the list your email address can be discovered.

Guidelines for posting:
  1. Please sign your posts and include your location and climate information to help the rest of the group understand your information.
  2. You may attach JPEG (.jpg, .jpe) photos to posts. Only post things for which you own the copyright. Your photos may be visible to everyone on the internet for all time. PBS may add posted photos to the PBS wiki. The maximum size of a message with photos is 20MB, messages over 10MB will be moderated. Photos must be sent as message attachments; html emails are converted to plain text and any inline images will not appear.
  3. Please use a subject heading that describes your post and when responding to that post please use the same subject heading so people who search the archives can find all the information on one subject easily.
  4. If you change the subject, please change the subject heading as well.
  5. Include only enough information from the post you are replying to identify it. DO NOT INCLUDE THE ENTIRE MESSAGE. This is to keep our archives uncluttered and is also a courtesy to the members of the list, especially the digest subscribers.
  6. Post answers to questions raised to our list members to everyone as there will be many interested in your reply.
  7. Post messages that are of a private nature (such as thanks or information about swapping seed or bulbs) privately.
  8. Please refrain from posting your commercial offerings on our list.
  9. Remember whatever you post will be archived and available for others to read.
  10. To post to the list send your email to The address you send it from must be the one you subscribed to the list.

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