Naked ladies cavorting in my yard

Mary Sue Ittner
Wed, 21 Aug 2002 11:08:11 PDT
Dear All,

I have two Amaryllis belladonna hybrids blooming now and two spikes are 
coming up in the gravel next to my driveway in a place my husband didn't 
want me to plant them as he was sure we'd walk on them. I think they are 
ones from Bill Welch that Jana Ulmer gave me. I visited her house in 
Sebastopol on Tuesday and she has a whole row of hybrids in bloom she got 
from him. None of her Hannibal bulbs from the dig before he died are 
blooming, nor are any of the ones I planted in my yard and my neighbor's 
that were products of the work of those who went and dug the ones Les 
thought were special.

I think the distinction Bill Welch made about the requirements of the 
hybrids versus the species is an important one. All the ones I see 
naturalized all over what we refer to as (California's) North Coast are the 
species. And they do very well obviously without summer water.

Mary Sue

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