Bulbs for the Holidays--TOW

Pat Colville Pat.Colville@jameshardie.com
Fri, 26 Dec 2003 14:36:36 PST
In bloom for Christmas in Southern California is almost the same as Mary
Sue's selection:  Lachenalias, viridiflora and bulbifera plus a pretty
puffy white Massonia ecinata, a few cyclamen, a brilliant orange and
yellow knipofia,  numerous narcissus (paperwhites that were forced once
for indoors and then given a decent burial in various places where
nothing wants to grow), one cymbidium, many succulents, oxalis and one
very independent daylily that always blooms between Christmas and New
Pat Colville
Pasadena Calif 

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 9:04 AM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: [pbs] Bulbs for the Holidays--TOW

Dear All,

I suspect it could be a bit quiet this week, but for those of you who
looking at email here is our topic of the week. Please share stories or
few lines about any bulbs that you associate with holidays. It doesn't
to be Christmas or the New Year although those would certainly be
Since we are a group from all over the world with different climates,
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
coum in bloom (yea!), but usually January is more likely. I almost
have some Lachenalia in bloom. I always hope that Lachenalia bulbifera
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
may be more likely. Lachenalia rubida which is usually earlier for me
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

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