Common Names

Kathy Andersen
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 18:03:12 PST
Actually, Mary Sue, 'Golden Bells' is N. bulbocodium cultivar recently
introduced by the Dutch.  It is supposedly very floriferous with numerous
scapes per bulb.  I have not found it to be a mass of golden bells, but it
does persist in my garden where other bulbocodiums dwindle away and is a
very late season bloomer.

Kathy Andersen

Wilmington, Delaware
zone 6b-7a

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mary Sue Ittner" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2003 8:59 PM
Subject: [pbs] Common Names

> Dear All,
> Mark's comment about Rhodies amused me because living in Rhododendron
> country I too have been trying to focus on what we are really talking
> here. People obviously have a lot of affection for this genus and want to
> give it a nickname.
> I mentioned a couple of days ago that a woman called to have me identify
> her yellow flowers. When I tried to tell her they were Narcissus
> bulbocodium she told me she didn't think so because she had Narcissus and
> Daffodils and these were different. I tried to explain they were all
> Narcissus. She was quite pleased when I offered her Hoop Petticoat as a
> name however. She told me she much preferred common names. Today she
> and left me a message that the owner of the nursery had come to her house
> to look at the flowers and I was wrong. The plants she had were correctly
> called Golden Bells.
> Mary Sue
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