HELP! Eremurus

Diane Whitehead
Sat, 25 Jan 2003 14:41:00 PST
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Eremurus bungei, a yellow one, now called E. stenophyllus, has 
flowered here a number of times, but doesn't last long. I had no 
success with any others I've tried.  I planted them a lot deeper than 
Arnold suggested - it's easy to dig in sandy soil. Their 
susceptibility to slug attack when they first emerge might explain 
why I had little success.

Every time I open Phillips and Rix' Bulbs, I look at the pictures of 
Eremurus olgae in the Elburz Mountains,and stenophyllus in the Hindu 
Kush, and wish I could visit the areas at bloom time.  Since the 
country in question is Afghanistan, I no longer have a desire to 
actually do this, but I'm glad the photographer, Christopher 
Grey-Wilson, went.

The pictures let me know how hopeless trying to grow them is for me. 
Look at them - blue sky all the way to the horizon, not a bush in 
sight, let alone a tree.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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