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PBS Members Affairs / Treasurers Notes
September 16, 2023, 04:01:47 PM
We've had a bit of a glitch with PayPal.

They stepped recording the BX or SX number when transmitting payments.

 I would  ask everyone to add the number of payments in the note section.

I'm getting receipts with a designation of Item # 1 or item # 2.

It makes it difficult to credit the proper SX/BX number.

Thanks and looking forward to the growing season.

Treasurer, PBS
Current Photographs / Sept. photos
September 12, 2023, 03:53:35 PM
Colchicums.  Label long gone
Current Photographs / june 2023 photos
June 03, 2023, 11:12:18 AM
Haemanthus humilis
Clivia "Vico Yellow"
We have a new pest in town.  An introduced one form China purportedly  via a load of stones from China.

This one attacks most plants we grow.  Favorite is the weedy Tree of Heaven, Ailanthus altissima

Images attached of the egg cases, first instar pest and newly developed trap that uses a pheromone lure to attract them into a container for disposal. I've seen them on Peonies, Grapes, apples, Pears and  Quince.

Images of a trap recently developed using a pheromone lure based on Methyl salicylate, wintergreen.
General Discussion / Spotted Lantern fly
May 23, 2023, 03:30:25 AM
A bit of background on insect pests.
Most are blind or have limited vision.
They generally find mates and food via scent using the antennae atop their heads.

The lures work by tricking them into thinking their approaching food or a mate.
It so happens that the chemical lure ( pheromone) for this particular pest is a common substance many folks may have in the bathroom medicine cabinet.
Methyl salicylate, or better known as wintergreen.
 If you do purchase the lure you will smell wintergreen.
 I purchased the pheromone lures from

Traps came from

There's two different ones.  One has a removable jar to empty and replace. 
 The other is a plastic bag that doesn't allow for emptying and replacing.

PBS Members Affairs / Bulb Garden Vol. 20 # 3
April 17, 2023, 03:57:39 AM
The next Bulb Garden is in the mail to all members of record as of March 31, 2023.

If you do not receive on and are a paid member contact me privately at Arnold140{at}

There is also an expiration date on the label indicating when your membership expires.

Current Photographs / April photos
April 03, 2023, 10:07:09 AM
Tulipa Bifloriformis
Current Photographs / March photos
March 07, 2023, 07:54:03 AM
Ferraria crispa
Gladiolus tristis w/o dark in throat
Gladiolus hybrid
General Plants and Gardening / Gethyllis article
March 02, 2023, 04:20:21 AM
Here's a link to an article on Gethyllis by Paul Cumbleton from UK that is worthy of greater exposure.
PBS Members Affairs / Renewals
March 01, 2023, 05:44:57 AM
I have printed all the labels for  members who haven't renewed for 2023  and will be mailing over the next couple of days.

If you want to renew now is the time..If you do not want to renew you can email me and save the postage for the Society by letting me know at:

Thanks for you continued support.

Treasurer, PBS
Current Photographs / February photos
February 01, 2023, 01:14:05 PM
Blooming today.

Lachenalia sp. unknown

Ferraria sp. unknown

Cyrtanthus obliquus coloring up
General Off-Topic / Renewal of membership
January 29, 2023, 11:45:11 AM
We will be sending out reminder post cards regarding membership renewal.

You can save the Society some funds and me some time by renewing prior to mid-Feburary when I generally start this process.

Due are $20.00 for US members and $25.00 for overseas and Canada, Mexico.

Thanks for all the years of support.

Treasurer, PBS

General Discussion / Habranthus pedunculosus
January 14, 2023, 12:13:59 PM
 A member living in Louisiana has written to me looking for Habranthus pedunculosus (syn. Habranthus juncifolius) which he obtained originally from Thad Howard years ago.  He lost most of his plants in a freeze and is looking to get another to produce some seed.

Anyone with this plant willing to share seeds or bulbs  please let me know.
Current Photographs / January photos
January 09, 2023, 08:08:43 AM
Here's an example of color change in a Lachenalia callista.  Same plant
General Discussion / Bulb Garden
January 05, 2023, 08:25:04 AM
The next Bulb Garden Vol. 20 No. 2 has been mailed.

If you do not receive it and are a paid member as of 2022 please contact me privately at

Current Photographs / November
November 02, 2022, 09:27:52 AM
 Scilla madeirensis

Lachenalia pygmaea
 Scilla madeirensis.2022.1.jpg Scilla madeirensis.2022.jpg  Lachenalia ensifolia.2022.1.jpg Lachenalia ensifolia.2022.jpg
Current Photographs / Strumaria truncata
October 28, 2022, 12:38:56 PM
Strumaria truncata.2022.1.jpg Strumaria truncata.2022.2.jpg Strumaria truncata.2022.3.jpg 

Always an early bloom.  No scent to my nose.
PBS Members Affairs / Catch up time
October 19, 2022, 09:39:06 AM
Dear PBS Members

As many of you know we have increased the level of member services the last year to include many more BX and SX offerings.

Our two relatively new Board of director members, Jan and Bridget have done a great job and deserve much credit.

It's a thankless job at times but the rewards  are seen when hard to find seeds and bulbs land in our mail boxes.

I am writing to remind all of those who have enjoyed the distributions.

Please play catch up and pay those outstanding payments and at the same time you can renew your membership for 2023.

Due paid now will qualify for a full 2023 membership

This will avoid the need to send out all those post card reminders.

Hope the coming season is full of flowers for everyone.

If you aren't sure about past payments please write me at:


Treasurer, PBS
General Off-Topic / Gladioli of South Africa USA Only
October 13, 2022, 06:44:45 PM
I have mailed all the books that have been pre-ordered in the US.

If you paid and didn't get on let me know.

We will have  four extra copies if no one reaches out with a problem.

If you're interested please send $35.00 to PayPal or email me that you want one and are sending a check.

I will take first come first serve on payments and email reservations  for books with checks on the way. 

PayPal to Arnold


c/o Arnold Trachtenberg
140 Lakeview Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

General Plants and Gardening / Ipomoea quamoclit
October 11, 2022, 07:15:51 AM
 From a Friend looking for some seeds:

I'm searching in this time for seeds of Ipomoea quamoclit ...I try it since many years but until now without success
Some seed sellers offer it ...but they are always wrong named
Here is the true plant ( Ipomoea quamoclit ):
That's the hybrid ( it is easy to get – Ipomoea x multifida runs also under Ipomoea x sloteri ) ...this plant I have