bulbs that bring memories

John Bryan johnbryan@worldnet.att.net
Tue, 29 Jul 2003 14:35:46 PDT
Dear Fred:
Are you still growing lilies? Cheers, John E. Bryan (Formerly with OBF.)

boutin wrote:
> Bulbs and Memories,
> Thank you Judy for mentioning Elizabeth Lawrence.  That brings back the
> memory of my correspondence with Elizabeth Lawrence in the late 60's and
> early 70's about "found bulbs", particularly old narcissus cultivars.  I was
> collecting  cv's of tazettas in southern California and buying a few old
> narcissus cv's from listings in the  rural farm classified sales sheets that
> came out from states in the southeast.  Elizabeth was a help in putting
> names on some of these.  I still have a large pan of N. jonquilla which
> dates from this time.  It flourished and flowered well in southern
> California.  Grows well here in the foothills of the mid Sierra Nevada's,
> but hardly flowers.
> One of my clones of Ledebouria socialis came from the late Ed Carman of Los
> Gatos.  It certainly brings to mind the many happy hours of talking plants
> with Ed and snooping through his nursery of unusual plants.  And it's this
> dwarf form of the common "violet squill" which prompted my recent interest
> in the genus Ledebouria and in the variations of L. socialis.
> This squill brings to mind another bulb which my grandfather always grew and
> called sea squill, which would have been Urginea maritima, but I think was
> actually Ornithogalum caudatum, with all the bulbils offsets under the
> scales.  This fascinated me as a child.  Also in my grandparents garden was
> a long wide row of Hippeastrum 'Johnsonii'.  This old amaryllis was an
> unending source of bulbs for giving to friends and neighbors.  In later
> years this bulb came back to me from one of  the old neighbors.  I no longer
> grow it, but was happy to see it mentioned recently in the PBS.
> Fred Boutin
> 2400 ft. elev.
> zone 7
> Tuolumne, CA
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