Peter Kaye peter_kaye2002@yahoo.co.uk
Thu, 05 Jun 2003 01:06:30 PDT
I have just joined and see that an introduction is suggested.
Having struggled with the English climate for the first 30 years of my life (I have less than cherished memories of various greenhouses and the efforts required to keep them ventilated AND warm), I finally called it quits and 'retired' to Cape Town.
The house into which I moved had a lush but heavily irrigated garden, and after spending a year and a half trying to decide which part to sacrifice to create an area for winter-growing geophytes, I decided that even Brugmansias have rights when they reach 30', and promptly bought a plot infested with disposable eucalyptus in which to create an entirely summer dry garden. I have accumulated various genera to stock this (pancratium, paramongaia, brunsvigia, amaryllis, canarina, vagaria, lilium, agapanthus, oxalis, moraea etc) and hope to eventually include fritillarias and calochortus. I would appreciate any suggestions as to 'must-have' plants for mediterranean climates.
My interests are mainly amongst the amaryllids, although I have had a longstanding weakness for Nivenias.....

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