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Current Photographs / Re: April 2024
April 02, 2024, 05:22:33 PM
My wife and I went to Ruch Bancroft Garden, Tilden BG on Sunday and UC Berkeley BG on Monday.
What a show. This post is from the BBG.
I will post a few I could not identify (labels) in the unknown thread.The last Watsonia was really nice but could not find the name

Bulb mass color blue BBG.jpg

Bulb mass color yellow BBG.jpg
Babiana mass color BBG.jpg
Watsonia laccata BBG.jpg
Moraea ochroleuca BBG.jpg
Watsonia BBG.jpg
General Discussion / Re: Bulb EX Harvest Timing
March 27, 2024, 02:58:39 PM
I can relate to the lack of time between seasons. 
We spent 25 years in Eastern Washington with real distinct seasons, now in Santa Cruz, nope, I have an apple that still has last years foliage. 
General Discussion / Bulb EX Harvest Timing
March 27, 2024, 06:01:21 AM
I am newish here, so I am trying to wrap my head around the timing of the bulb exchanges and my "bulbs".

Can I assume this current one is for summer growers and the bulbs have been harvested and stored all winter?

Most of my collection are seed grown and I am trying to keep them growing for now to increase the bulb size. When they go dormant later this spring and early summer I will divide them, make a few selections and hope to share the rest.

When I divide my winter growers, should I paper bag them and store them in a cool location for some other exchange date?

I think my question is answered in my post but I am mentally and physically preparing for the huge job of dividing my seed pots.


Mystery Bulbs / Re: A beauty but not Geissorhiza
March 12, 2024, 06:25:07 AM
Thanks  Martin!

I had a hunch it was a Glad but that was about it

Current Photographs / Re: January 2024
January 16, 2024, 11:17:02 AM
Out of season hybrid lily....

I forced a bunch in my class for students to see how cuts are often grown (Oregon Bulb Company is way beyond).

Picked a few to take home and what do you know?

Current Photographs / Re: December 2023 photos
December 27, 2023, 03:23:58 PM
Here's a few happy bulb pots blooming at the end of December in Santa Cruz CA. 
Grown outside but moved into an unheated greenhouse to enjoy the flowers.

Massonia pustulata purpurea (not sure if this is really a named thing but came as such.)
Massonia pustulata purpurea group.jpg   Massonia pustulata purpurea.jpg

Lachenalia ensifolia "pink Form" (not a cultivar, just the name that came with the bulbs.)

Lachenalia ensifolia pink form 1.jpg

Lachenalia pusilla 

Lachenalia pusilla.jpg

Lachenalia calcicola (came with the seeds but wonder if thats really what it is since this is listed as endangered.)
Flower color and foliage superficially look like these

Lachenalia calcicola 2.jpg
General Plants and Gardening / Greenhouse heating
December 16, 2023, 06:43:10 AM
I dont mean to be a pain, but with winter coming or already here it seems the thread has evolved into anything but.

Is there someway to move all of the non-heating and energy conservation comments to another thread?

Always looking for new ideas on heating and retaining heat even in my "mild" climate and solar panels.


General Discussion / Re: Trying a few root crops
December 04, 2023, 07:18:06 AM
I have tried growing this 2X. First was a gift from a grower. I placed it in my pea gravel based aquaponic bed. Too sunny for sure but it grew pretty well. I tried to divide it and killed all of the offsets. 

I picked up another one from another grower. Its growing really nicely in a wicking bed made from a 30gal blue barrel cut in half. Its in shade as well.

I have been reluctant to harvest or divide after my first attempt but maybe I try it again after it flowers this late winter early spring.
I will try some leaves, also looks like my spouse can ferment some petioles.

Current Photographs / Re: Thanksgiving blooms
November 24, 2023, 06:44:35 AM
Very nice display, 

Current Photographs / Re: November 2023 photos
November 21, 2023, 12:33:11 PM
Very nice!

Mine are going by one of the many names Lachenalia pygmaea

Lachenalia pygmaea.jpg
General Plants and Gardening / Re: Gethyllis article
November 20, 2023, 01:29:51 PM
Interesting how different the media recommendations are for these plants. I guess I could use just about anything so long as I have good drainage... sounds familiar.

This is from Archie;

Now to the plants grown in pots. Remember I said that I am about to donate
seeds. They are easy from seed and very tough. I plant them in either pure
sand or a blend that has at least 50% sand, pumice, and my new favorite
minor elements decomposed granite and 3/8" granite. The decomposed granite
in small quantities holds moisture better than sand, but can hold too much
in large quantities. Pumice should not be more that 30%. They can tolerate
some organic matter and some regular dirt or compost in that mix, but I
generally haven't included any.

This from the Cactus and Succulent Review

I use a simple 50/50 mix of John Innes
No. 2 and grit – so very much the same kind of thing you may use for growing cacti.
General Plants and Gardening / Re: Gethyllis article
November 20, 2023, 07:16:38 AM

Thanks for posting this, I had just stumbled upon this genus.

If by chance you are looking to read this, you will be sent to the latest edition, which I read through 3x looking for the Gethyllis article.
You will need to go to the back issues tab.

FYI - Its Issue 36 March 2023
Wow, what a great response!!!

I also live in CA, in Santa Cruz Co,

I dont have a plunge bed or garden for that purpose, my spouse gets almost all the in-ground growing area of our small lot.  :)

I might have access to some deep tree pots.

thanks again Archie.

I am very excited to have received a few Gethyllis bulbs in the exchange and was reading about growing them in a deep pot with very sandy soil.

Very Sandy? Course I would imagine, add some compost as well? ratios?

G. ciliaris longituba and maybe linearis.