Tiny bulbs

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Mon, 16 Feb 2004 11:18:56 PST
Mary Sue wrote,
 >I don't have a trough and haven't tried to grow anything in one. After 
hearing a woman with hot summers say she had to water hers every day, 
sometimes more often I lost interest. ... If you were picking tiny bulbs to 
go in a trough for year round interest, wouldn't they have to be bulbs or 
corms that would be happy with wet conditions both in winter and summer?

Reply: It would of course depend on what else you were growing in the 
trough, and how large it was. Larger, deeper troughs hold moisture longer, 
and you can of course manipulate the composition of the fill, or put them 
in partial shade so they don't dry out or heat up too fast. It seems to me 
that if you combine your bulbs with dwarf shrubs and perennials from the 
same type of climate and habitat, you could grow them together happily. For 
example, western American penstemons, eriogonums, and fritillarias; or 
Balkan daphnes, campanulas, and crocuses.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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