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PBS Members Affairs / Re: BX arrears
Yesterday at 02:17:50 PM
All the members who have participated in the recent bulb order from SA have been notified.

If you ordered and haven't received an email form me, please write me at

PBS Members Affairs / Re: BX arrears
July 23, 2024, 05:46:42 PM
The South African Co. order has arrived at Bridget's place safely after a long journey.

All the bulbs look in good shape.

We will accept payments prior to bulbs being shipped from her.

I will be emailing members who have participated in the order with amounts to be paid.

These amounts will include

Price of bulbs
Shipping via DHL from SA to Atlanta where the APHIS station is located
APHIS in Atlanta  to Bridget via UPS
Duty on bulb importation
Phyto documentation

Once payment is made bulbs will be posted to members.

A slip will be included with the cost of the postage from Bridget to the member.

We have prorated the additional costs based on the value of each members order.

Bulb will not be mailed until payment is received.

PBS Members Affairs / BX arrears
July 10, 2024, 07:15:14 AM
With the arrival of the very large South African Bulb Company order getting closer,   I'd like to ask all of our members to bring their past due amounts up to date.

BX 496 was recently mailed and it looks like all the packages have been delivered.

Our president and BX Director, Bridget will be very busy distributing the order.

Orders will be pre-paid.

Once the bulbs are safely in her grasp I will send out a bill notice to all those who have ordered.

Payments must be made prior to bulbs being shipped.

You will receive a slip for the amount due only for local postage from Bridget to your address of record.

If you aren't sure of any past due amounts please contact me at


Glad to hear your trying to keep the poisons out of our environment.

I use Neem, Spinosad and Pyganic for control of the Oriental Fruit moth, Spotted Lantern Fly and Lily beetles.

I've seen a couple of the lily beetles at the beginning of the season and one shot of Neem seems to have done the trick.

I follow the recommendations of the Cornell site which give you the best days to spray based on temperatures at your local airport.

They track the maturation of insects based on degree days.  With the OFM you must spray when the insect is in the larva stage as that's when it is most  susceptible to control.

Last year the SLF was a true pest but I think with  pheromone traps and judicious control the population seems to have decreased significantly.
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 24, 2024, 05:54:12 AM
Arisaema candidissimum
Current Photographs / June 2024
June 13, 2024, 08:26:13 AM
Cytanthus obliquus
Taccarum caudatum
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 10, 2024, 03:03:29 PM
Cyrtanthus obliquus coming along

I find that my Ferrarias dive down to 5-6 inches in a black plastic pot.  I imagine even in a barely heated greenhouse the black plastic warms up.  When I've repotted them the corms are located below the parent corm in little runners.
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 04, 2024, 07:11:47 AM
Sauromatum venosum

Amorphophallus henryi
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 02, 2024, 12:19:33 PM
Amorphophallus dunnii 

Large leaf 12-14 inches across.
Current Photographs / Re: June 2024
June 02, 2024, 11:10:02 AM

Sometimes they flower better with a tight root run.

I'd re-pot only with a small increase in diameter.
If you haven't done so already please send me privately  your preferred contact email address.

The shipment should be here in USA with 10 days to two weeks.

I will notify all those who participated about the amount due for bulbs, shipment to US, phyto documentation and transport form the receiving station in Atlanta to Bob Lauf in TN.

You will receive a note with the amount due when the bulbs are sent to you by Bridget, our BX Director.

Current Photographs / Re: May 2024
May 23, 2024, 04:07:09 AM
A mysterious appearance.

Ornithogalum magnum
Current Photographs / Re: May 2024
May 14, 2024, 07:12:40 PM
 Merwilla plumbea
Zephranthes drummondii
Current Photographs / Re: May 2024
May 11, 2024, 03:04:48 PM
Ledebouria ovalifolia
Ledebouria 'Huntsdrift'