bulbs in Med. climate

Shirley Meneice samclan@redshift.com
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 22:25:04 PST
Dear Lauw:  My email has been a shambles for a week.  Sorry I couldn't get to
you sooner to explain that these do well naturally with some watering and
absolutely NO heavy shade.  It is not hot here because we are on the coast and
receive lots of fog in the summer.  We may have a few days when it reaches
80-85 F.  Every 6 to 8 years we may get a few days in the 90 F. range, at
which point everyone complains, shops close and most of us head for the
beach.  The bulbs seem more tolerant than we who plant them.

    Best, Shirley Meneice

Lauw de Jager wrote:

> Dear Shirley,
> Thank you for sharing  this list of plants.  Some of them  are
> unexpected in your type of  climate.:
> Camassia quamash,  allium moly, Gladiolus x colvillei,, Tricyrtus hirta,
> Galanthus nivalis, Tigridia pavoni, Schizostylis coccinea
>  Do they  well naturally or  do you take particular  precaution such as
> watering or heavy shade?
> regards
> Lauw de Jager
> Shirley Meneice a *crit :
> >  For you who are interested in what grows in various Mediterranean
> > climates, I live in Pebble Beach, California, less than 100 meters from
> > the ocean on a slope facing sothwest toward the sea.  I am in Zone 9,
> > probably Zone 10 except for exceptional winters which occur about once a
> > decade.  I currently grow the following bulbs, listed in no particular
> > order.  These are outdoors in the ground. Ferraria crispa, Babiana
> > stricta and rubrocyanea, various Lilium, Habranthus tubispathus,
> > Muscari, Chasmanthes floribunda, Ixia maculata, Lapeirosia laxa,
> > Lachenalia mutabilis, Hippeastrum advenum, H. equestre, Hesperanthes,
> > Hermodactylus tuberosus, Canna, Camassia quamash, Calochortus venustus,
> > Moraea, Ipheion uniflora, Scilla peruviana, Homeria, Sisyrinchum
> > californicum, S. angustifolium, Leucojum aestivum, Agapanthus
> > orientalis, allium moly, Clivia miniata, Gladiolus x colvillei,
> > Narcissus, Tricyrtus hirta, Galanthus nivallis, Tigridia pavonia,
> > Zigadenus elegans, Zauschneria, Dracunculus vulgaris, Watsonia,
> > Zepharanthes, Hymenocallis macrostephana, Triteleia ixiodes, Sparaxis,
> > Cyclamen persicum, Schizostylis coccinea and Amaryllis belladonna and
> > hybrids from The Doutt's.  I grow tulips but they are little better than
> > annuals as far as bloom goes.  The foliage appears for a number of
> > years, but no bloom.
> >
> > My soil has been amended for over twenty years with compost, clippings,
> > leaves and pine needles.  The underlying soil is clay and partially
> > decomposed granite.  It drains poorly, thus the years of amending it.
> > Our rain generally falls from November to April 15 and averages 18" per
> > year.  This rain year (July 1, 2002-July 1, 2003) we have had about 13"
> > with not much more time to catch up.  The summers are dry.  We seldom
> > see temperatures above 90 degrees F. in summer nor below 30 degrees F.
> > in winter.  A prolonged "hot spell" is 3 days.  There is considerable
> > fog in the summer with resultant cool temperatures in the 60's.
> --
> Lauw de Jager
> BULB'ARGENCE, 30300 Fourques, France
> Site: http://www.bulbargence.com/
> Région:  Provence/Camargue, Climat zone: 9a Mediterranean, dr y
> July-August, peak rainfall in autumn, minimum temps -3-7°C (28-21F)
> Reference vegetation: Arbutus unedo, Olea europeaea,
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