Bulbs for the Holidays--TOW

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Mon, 22 Dec 2003 09:03:42 PST
Dear All,

I suspect it could be a bit quiet this week, but for those of you who are 
looking at email here is our topic of the week. Please share stories or a 
few lines about any bulbs that you associate with holidays. It doesn't have 
to be Christmas or the New Year although those would certainly be welcome. 
Since we are a group from all over the world with different climates, the 
diversity (if people share) could be immense.

In California it is hit or miss with some plants whether they will bloom 
before January. For instance this year I'm going to have a lot of Cyclamen 
coum in bloom (yea!), but usually January is more likely. I almost always 
have some Lachenalia in bloom. I always hope that Lachenalia bulbifera will 
be open since it is red and green (the colors you see associated with 
Christmas in the United States.) Mine has fat buds, but looks like New Year 
may be more likely. Lachenalia rubida which is usually earlier for me was 
late this year so it will have to stand in. Lachenalia viridiflora is 
almost open and blooms almost every December.

Best wishes to all of you for the holidays and thanks for all the great 
information and pictures you have shared with all of us this year.

Mary Sue

PBS List Administrator, Wiki Worker, TOW Coordinator (Whew!)

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