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Quote from: janemcgary on Yesterday at 01:30:57 PM"The problem is not the cost, but the fact that reliable, skilled (or teachable) garden assistants do not exist in this area"  Have you tried contacting  4-H or FFA chapters or a local magnet ag high school?
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Mystery Bulbs / Re: Tiny yellow stars
Last post by Fermi - Today at 04:15:10 AM
Possibly Nothoscordum ostenii though I think this has had a name change
cheers
fermi
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Mystery Bulbs / Re: Species epithet to Lachena...
Last post by Wun_Ho - Today at 01:25:50 AM
Thank you @Michael Mace and @Fermi. I agree it would be either L. aloides or L. bulbifera, with a greater chance that it is L. aloides. 

I looked up both species on the Atlas of Living Australia (ala.org.au). There is one record of L. bulbifera (1965) in Victoria, compared to 14 records of L. aloides. Interestingly, the closest record of L. aloides to my sighting was made in 2013 about 10 km away. 

Yes, it is likely to be a "garden escapee." I did not mention in my first post that the Lachenalia was growing among a clump of Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera in the conservation reserve, and it was clear that the watsonia was invading the  reserve from a neighbouring property. 

I will keep an eye on the plant, and repost a photo when it is in flower.
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Bulb and Seed Exchanges / Pop Up Crinum SX
Last post by Jan Jeddeloh - Yesterday at 08:31:07 PM
The SX recently received some fresh crinum (Crinum bulbispermum) seed from Cynthia W Mueller.  This seed has very short viability and tonight I found that some of the germinating radicles did not look good so I need to get this seed out pronto.  Cynthia describes the seed as "my best Cr. Macowani crosses".  She sent me a couple of pictures which I will post on the forum when I'm done with this email.  

These seeds are available first come, first served.  I don't know how many requests I will get but everyone will receive at least three seeds.  Depending on the number of requests you may get a lot more.  When I'm out of seed the exchange is done.  

Please send me your requests.  Make sure you include your mailing address.  It's really hard to send seed over the internet!  

Off to post the pictures on the forum.

Jan Jeddeloh
#5
I was watching a documentary about Kew this week, and thinking I'd quite like to be one of the circa 20 year old students who labor there. Do they pay for the privilege.

Jane - I'd like to go to your bulb growing school, but you know, 8000 miles away etc.
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General Plants and Gardening / Do you ever hate your garden?
Last post by janemcgary - Yesterday at 01:30:57 PM
After almost 40 years of bulbs in August, I do not love this. Out as early as I can, sifting sand and sorting bulbs until the heat is too much, pulling out the gravestones -- the labels put in ten years ago, when I made this raised bed -- is about 80% depressing. The other 20% is finding very good things still alive, and they are going into plunged pots so I don't risk losing track of them. I have big baskets of Spanish Narcissus and California themids, which I will try to palm off on innocent persons; they're through choking out everything but the Calochortus and Tulipa, which get down below them. My goal is half the "directly planted" half of the bulb house, a space 8x20 feet; the other half, which is mostly free of narcissus and themids, gets done next year if I survive. I just turned 75, and I would hate gardening a lot less if I could hire help. The problem is not the cost, but the fact that reliable, skilled (or teachable) garden assistants do not exist in this area. We have "landscapers" (guys with a pickup and some power tools) and "garden designers" (people who've read some books about it), but not the legendary "gardeners." Thanks for listening....
#7
General Discussion / Summer availability
Last post by illahe - Yesterday at 12:55:04 PM
Hi All,

Just a note to let folks know the summer bulb availability list is online now, we ship dormant bulbs all over the world. Some great new Erythronium introductions are available this year.  I have also expanded into alpine and rock garden plants for folks interested in those.

You can see the catalog at www.illaherareplants.com


Thanks,

Mark Akimoff
PBS member
Illahe Rare Plants
Salem, Oregon
#8
General Discussion / Re: Looking for Triteleia corm...
Last post by illahe - Yesterday at 12:52:20 PM
The new catalog of bulbs and alpine rock garden plants is online now, I have a few species of Triteleia available. You can see the catalog at www.illaherareplants.com

All the best, 

Mark Akimoff
PBS member
Salem, Oregon
#9
Mystery Bulbs / Re: Species epithet to Lachena...
Last post by Michael Mace - August 10, 2022, 10:41:00 PM
On second thought, L. bulbifera should bloom earlier in the year. So maybe it is aloides.
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Mystery Bulbs / Re: Species epithet to Lachena...
Last post by Michael Mace - August 10, 2022, 09:44:58 AM
I think it might also be L. bulbifera. It'll be easier to judge when the flowers are fully open.