favorite yellow-flowered bulbs

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 15:58:13 PST
Thanks, Arnold. 

And now I wonder if you have not indavertantly told me more than you realize. 

Here's what I mean. All of my life I've had Fritillaria imperialis in the
garden on and off - with one exception always from recently purchased
bulbs. And that exception, and a possible explanation for its success, may
tie into your experience with Lilium modadelphum. 

The big frits almost always rot here within a year or two of planting. I
say almost always because once, just once, one established itself here and
grew for perhaps over twenty years. It was received under the old cultivar
name Aurora. For the first ten years or so it produced stems without
flowers. Then it began to bloom yearly. At its best it was about four feet
tall and had individual flowers easily three inches long.

Here's the tie-in with your lily: the frit grew under Fagus sylvatica. I

When the call comes for favorite red-flowered geophytes, I'll post a photo
of a lily you might enjoy.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, zone 7, just north of Washington, D.C. 

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