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The publisher of THE AMARYLLIDACEAE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA, is closing down in May. 

We have been offered  a bulk purchase for our membership.
I'm writing to gauge the interest on the part of our membership.
I estimate the price delivered to USA addresses only at $85-90 delivered.
Once we get a estimate I can get a better idea of the exact price.
There is a bit of a savings on shipping for larger number of books.
You can write me privately at with your interest.

Here's a description of the book.

Author: Graham Duncan, Barbara Jeppe, Leigh Voigt

Barbara Jeppe, botanical artist extraordinaire, began work on the paintings in July 1971 and for the next 28 years she collected and painted over 200 species of Amaryllidaceae. After her death in 1999, her daughter, Leigh Voigt, a versatile and highly acclaimed artist herself, picked up where her mother left off and painted most of the subsequently described species. This thorough easy-to-use guide is the first book dedicated entirely to the 18 genera in the family Amaryllidaceae in southern Africa. Apart from the over 240 exceptional watercolor plates there are detailed distribution maps and magnificent photographs showing plants in typical habitat conditions. There is an index, glossary and bibliography. The text has been written by one of the most knowledgeable horticulturists and botanists in the field, the inimitable Graham Duncan, who has written many books and articles on bulbs. The comprehensive text includes a full description of each species, a short history of the discovery of each plant, nomenclature, medical and other uses, various aspects of cultivation, pollination, locality preference and affinities with similar species. There is a separate chapter on the cultivation of the species in the summer and winter rainfall areas in southern Africa and also in the northern hemisphere. This eagerly awaited book will be an asset to every botanical book lover's library.
PBS Members Affairs / Bulbs available
March 09, 2024, 08:32:39 AM
The Pacific Bulb Society is proud to announce an addition to our data base of bulb related material.

The publication Bulbs which was produced by the International Bulb Society in the early 2000's is now available on our site.

See here:

Bulbs | Pacific Bulb Society

Anyone have any of the issues missing can let me know and we will scan them and add to the archive.

PBS Members Affairs / Hebertia available
March 01, 2024, 05:44:58 AM
With the hard work of Michael and Paul at Gardener's Pride Botanical's,  they have allowed the PBS to link to their site where copies of the publication of the International Bulb Society are available.

They are continuing the project of scanning all of the old volumes.

They can be found here on the PBS site which will lead you to their site.

The Archive | Pacific Bulb Society

Thanks to Paul and Michael.

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.