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General Discussion / Re: Clivia interspecific hybrids
February 17, 2024, 09:40:04 AM
My C.nobilis seeds are also moving way slower than the miniata cultivars I'm used to growing.
General Discussion / Re: Lycoris sprengeri bulbs
February 17, 2024, 09:37:11 AM
Hi Chlorophylous, Aaron at EdensBlooms has Lycoris sprengeri for sale if you need more:

Thanks David!!!
Wow I didn't know about this plant... but it would be fantastic for my coastal CA garden if I can find some seeds to grow.... hint hint!
PBS Members Affairs / PBS Transitions to New Leadership
November 19, 2023, 08:56:24 PM
Dear Pacific Bulb Society Members,

We are sorry to let you know that Robin Hansen has stepped back from her position as PBS President, due to extenuating circumstances. Under her careful guidance, PBS has held its course—through a pandemic no less!—and is thriving. On behalf of the membership and the Board, I would like to thank and commend Robin for the time and energy she gave to the Society. In recognition of her service, the Board has extended Robin a lifetime membership. 

Robin had intended to complete her term through the end of this year, but with her recent resignation, Bridget Wosczyna (who was Vice President) acted as Interim President.

The Board held regular elections at their meeting this past weekend, and there were several changes to the Board and its Officers. 

Bridget has been elected President for a term of two years and will continue to manage the Bulb Exchange.

The Board made two other appointments at the meeting.

As Bridget's election to President left a vacancy in the Vice President office, Society member Mark Akimoff volunteered to join the Board and step into this role, and was affirmed at the meeting. Mark is a plantsman who runs Illahe Rare Plants, a nursery in Oregon. He is appreciative of the wisdom and knowledge he has gained from PBS over the years, and is excited to give back. Welcome Mark, and thank you!

Jan Jeddeloh advised us earlier this year that she would withdraw as Seed Exchange Manager at the end of 2023. In her stead we have appointed Lisa Zankowski, the proprietress of Shoal Creek Succulents in Illinois. Lisa has been a longtime follower of PBS and has a professional background and expertise with plants, seeds, and plant shipping. Welcome Lisa, and thank you! Jan will be working with Lisa to transfer the operation as smoothly as possible. Thank you Jan, for your efforts as Seed Exchange Manager!

Arnold Trachtenberg will continue to serve as Treasurer and I will continue as Secretary. Robin will continue to edit our journal, The Bulb Garden.

If you wish to follow Board proceedings, please keep an eye on the website, where we intend to begin to post the Minutes. Historically these have been published in The Bulb Garden, but we feel that the printed paper is better saved for primary content, while having the Minutes in a digital repository is a more organized approach.

Emil Friend
Current Photographs / Re: Hawmanthus Albiflos Rescue
April 16, 2023, 04:59:13 PM
Quote from: Mike Lowitz on November 14, 2022, 01:49:57 PMI Have some friends that had a landscape designer add haemanthus to their shade garden..,planted deep and amongst Azaelea and camellia they were not blooming and frankly in decline.  I shared with them we could easily correct, these are great bulbs for So.Cal.  In removing them to redo the beds I found they are very prolific. I was following roots for several feet with many offsets along the way. We found the original  invoice,  they had 3 beds with 7 bulbs per bed.  I removed 65 bulbs. Replanting now Iin 3 seperate areas around the house. 
Planting  the bulbs properly and in slightly raised fast draining mix has made all the difference. See below.

I've never seen a designer use this en masse but I like the idea for dry shade! 
Current Photographs / Re: Lachenalia quadricolor
April 16, 2023, 04:53:12 PM
Quote from: petershaw on April 05, 2023, 07:06:25 AMAs I was thinking about the post about invasive bulbs, this one was top on my mind... Is there anywhere someone would want to grow this plant because it's hard to grow there? Or because it's rare there?
I have seen it offered for sale in a catalog!
General Discussion / Re: Escaping - Nothing new
April 08, 2023, 05:10:22 PM
Quote from: petershaw on April 05, 2023, 07:04:38 AMWe're going to the UC Berkeley Botanic Garden soon along with a visit to Ruth Bancroft's garden in Walnut Creek. I first saw Ferraria there and want to see how it might be spreading.

I put a 4" pot of Ferraria into my dry garden in Oakland two years ago. The clump is now over a foot wide with a few bulbs coming up further out. Only one of the center, oldest bulbs flowered. Definitely something to keep an eye on and control spread. 

Quote from: David Pilling on April 06, 2023, 01:59:09 PMOxalis pes-caprae
is interesting for exhibiting heterostyly with three morphs, in other words there are three self non-pollinating versions of flowers. A bit like primroses have two (pin and thrum).

I've never knowingly seen this plant here in the North of England. I would like to have photos of the three morphs for the wiki - but maybe they are not that clear.

Are these three versions visually distinguishable? Is it a heritable trait, ie all clonal descendants will share it? This oxalis doesn't appear to reproduce from seed here in CA, probably due to pollination incompatibility, so I have a feeling that many populations of them here are genetically identical. We might have only one of the three style variants. 
Like many US west coast gardeners, I battle with the weedy Oxalis pes-caprae, known locally as sourgrass for its taste as a salad green (yes, oxalic acid is an antinutrient, don't eat too much). 

I've often wondered about the different ways this plant seems to gear up for summer dormancy. Sometimes it will grow bulblets along the narrow stem coming up from a deeply buried bulb. Other times, the stem will swell and become a storage organ itself. These two strategies will sometimes be found among plants growing right next to each other. 

I'm curious if anyone has insight what might trigger one reaction or the other! 

Photo below shows example of each case. From my garden in Oakland. 



Quote from: Diane Whitehead on March 14, 2023, 05:20:38 PMWhat are the green flowers?
A little weedy euphorbia that spreads itself around my garden without being TOO much of a nuisance. Don't plant a problem is one of my first mottos of gardening. This guy is walking the line.
I unapologetically love bulbs in the landscape for fragrance and flower power. The narcissus and freesias have been loving all the rain we've been getting and are blooming their cute little butts off. I also love having flowers indoors but refuse to buy them from florists so they become a special treat. My photography skills are less impressive than the blooms, but you'll get the idea. 
Current Photographs / Re: March photos
March 08, 2023, 10:14:04 AM
I've been having fun with cyclamen. First image--first bloom/bud from C. drydeniae from seeds from BX 476--thanks whomever donated that! Second are 'Tilebarn Nicholas' from seed shared with me from a Cyclamen Society distribution, some showing hints of that famous pink blush. Third image is the cyclamen district of my plant shelf including a bunch of Bowles Apollo also from CS. 
I started them in pots, and had decent germination but failed after that. The ones I put into the ground are doing ok--they're in part shade so they'll move a little slower than otherwise. I'd love to try again. My seed-propagation game has gotten much better!