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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
General Discussion / Gladioli of South AFrica
October 04, 2022, 03:54:05 AM
The final box of Gladioli books has arrived and I will be sending them out in the next few days.

I was posted from South Africa on Jan. 10, 2022 and sat in a warehouse until a ship was released from SA a couple of weeks ago.

Current Photographs / Hepl with repotting the bulbs
September 08, 2022, 02:34:36 PM
I've been repotting all the winter active bulbs outside to keep the marital bliss in my household.

I took a break for a bit of lunch and see I've gained an assistant.  Glad he's watching over the discarded potting soil so well.

His name is "Speck" for the tiny speck of color on his face.  He's one of two feral cats we feed and encourage to hang around.  Keeps the squirrels and others away from plants.
Current Photographs / August photos
August 03, 2022, 11:13:32 AM
Here's Stenomesson variegatum  Also known as Clinanthus vareigatum.

I noticed at the base of the  stamens which are fused into a ring with  green projections.  Beyond my knowledge of flower morphology.
Bulb and Seed Exchanges / BX/SX arrears
July 19, 2022, 03:29:28 PM
We have a couple of BX/SX in the pipeline.

We also have a fair number of outstanding payments due for past BX/SX's.

If you received seeds or bulbs it would be a good time to catch up on payments and not miss future offerings.

Current Photographs / July photos
July 04, 2022, 08:31:37 AM
Haemanthus humilis A very early blooming South African  bulb.
General Off-Topic / Wildlife June 2022
June 14, 2022, 06:58:55 PM
Wasp eating a small swallowtail caterpillar.
Current Photographs / February
February 05, 2022, 10:31:27 AM
Veltheimia bracteata.
Current Photographs / January photos
January 07, 2022, 06:26:04 AM
A bulbous plant.  But not a monocot.
Current Photographs / December photos
December 31, 2021, 01:34:53 PM
Here's a couple for the end of the year.

Happy New Year.
Current Photographs / September phtos
September 13, 2021, 09:35:42 AM
Flowering now in the greenhouse