Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Ernie O'Byrne
Tue, 21 Jan 2003 15:27:48 PST
I have an interesting story about B. 'Queen Fabiola'. We had planted it about 5 years ago and it had increased from a few bulbs (probably about 25, as I recall) to about 6 million--really in the thousands--just seem like millions, and from a patch about 2' wide to a patch about 8' wide. We were really worried about it and didn't see how we might ever remove them all. Well, the voles did it for us!

The ground where they were looked as if it had been plowed and they found every last bulb! Not one came up the next year. It was a fairly mulchy soil that they were in and our native soil is a well-drained sandy loam, so it would have been pretty easy for them to plow through.

By the way, they had increased solely from seed because we had not cut the seedheads off. Perhaps Diane is neater and cuts hers off before they seed? Or maybe the voles are getting her seedlings?

Ernie O'Byrne
Northwest Garden Nursery
86813 Central Road
Eugene OR 97402-9284
Phone: 541 935-3915
FAX: 541 935-0863

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