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General Discussion / Re: Bulb sourcing
September 18, 2023, 02:34:08 PM

Most seed offered by SIGNA members is garden collected.

It is often hand pollinated and protected with a baggie.

General Discussion / Re: Plant labeling in hot climate
September 18, 2023, 02:30:21 PM
Hi all,

If you use your lead pencil on a wooden label [like a popsicle stick, but wider, there will be co brittle labels. I buy a 1/2 sheet of 1/4 " plywood and cut it into 3/8" strips, which I cut to 4" lengths.

After writing your label, a coat of marine spar varnish will make it outlast you.

Marc Falls City, OR  zone 8b
General Discussion / Re: Bulb sourcing
September 12, 2023, 08:02:25 PM
Quote from: ErinD on August 30, 2023, 10:50:34 AMHey! I'm trying to source some bulbs for a Middle Eastern collection for a botanical garden. I was wondering if anyone would be able to point me in the right direction. I'm looking for:

Lilium ledbourii
Narcissus tazetta
Scadoxus multiflorus
Iris albicans
Iris persica
Iris meda
Tulipa schrenkii (syn. Tulipa suaveolens)
Sternbergia lutea

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!! :)

For the Iris species tru SIGNA [Species Iris Group North America]
I don't grow the other things you are looking for so I can't help with those.
General Discussion / Re: Oxalis ID question
September 09, 2023, 06:52:13 PM

The most intuitive way to resolve this is to investigate whether someone  transposed a 9 for a 7.  See if 76013 matches your plant.

Quote from: CG100 on August 24, 2023, 01:38:15 PM
Quote from: MarcR on August 24, 2023, 06:33:46 AMI don't think any sane person wants to ban extraction!


If you are suggesting that they are all insane, I would dispute that - they are massively ill and under-informed and naive on a scale that defies belief. But not insane.   .....

Herein lies the difference between the legal definition and the colloquial definition of insanity.  In Colloquial usage, any irrational thought or belief may be thought of as insane; while such irrational thinking would certainly not be sufficient to have a person committed.
I don't think any sane person wants to ban extraction!  I think it is necessary to ban most combustion!


The post Pleistocene warming also left much of the world uninhabitable.

Most climatologists believe that carbon emissions are driving global warming now. I don't think that the ostrich has the best defensive strategy. 

Most snail baits do more damage to unintended victims than to snails and slugs.

Snakes and ducks especially Rouen or Kaki-Campbel] are excellent predators.  Beer traps ate effective.

A table with its legs in cookie tins 1/2 full of salt water will protect potted plants placed on it.

After making sure that a bed is slug/snail free surrounding it with a trough made of copper flashing filled with salt water or beer will protect the bed.
Where the ends of the trough meet, caulking or solder is needed.
If we don't transition away from carbon based fuels, 1/3 of the populated ares of our planet will be uninhabitable in 10 years.
Here in Oregon's Mid Willamette Valley, we are expecting 103 F (39.4 C) today.  In the 20 years I have lived here, I have never seen anything above the low 90s (32-34 C).  Since most deer resistant plants can take the heat; and all of my beds that are not deer resistant are deer fenced, I need only  drape shade cloth over the fencing.  It will be very nice if this translates to slightly warmer winters. I would be very happy with a change from zone 8b to 9a or even 9b. I certainly do not wish harm to anyone south of me.
Quote from: Ron Martinolich on August 01, 2023, 01:36:57 PMThere is a special white paint made for roofs, and aluminized shade cloth, both designed to reflect heat.
Paint would work very well in warm winter areas. In cold winter areas, one would want the reflective coating to be easily removable and restorable.
Quote from: Cyclanthera on July 30, 2023, 10:46:19 AM
Quote from: Judy Glattstein on June 30, 2023, 07:26:40 PMShould I ever buy a lottery ticket and win some sizeable sum of money I will fund research not on deer repellents but on deer attractants. lLet them learn to dine on multiflora roses, Japanese honeysuckle. And poison ivy.

When I lived with goats, we discovered that their milk was quite sweet when they foraged on poison oak.

Both Poison Ivy and Poison Oak are Sumacs [Anacardiaceae] hence closely related to the Cashew and Pistachio. Goats are usually immune to the allergens that effect us humans.
Large rolls of inexpensive polyethylene greenhouse covering, treated with a reflective coating, could be used to cover rooftops and windows with a significant cooling effect.
General Off-Topic / Re: It rained yesterday
July 28, 2023, 05:37:02 PM

I'm glad for your abundance!  I was striving for humor.... I guess I missed. >:(
The Sunset Western Garden Book Uses 23 climate zones instead of 10 for the Western  states [as far east as New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.].  Even with these refinements, I am able to consistently grow many things that Sunset suggests should fail.
Here in western Oregon, our hottest day so far was 89F (31.7C).
Even cool growing plants like Primulas were not very stressed.
I made an inexpensive evaporative cooler by placing rags that retain a lot of water between panels of chicken wire and using a fan to force air through it.