Favorite Yellow Flowered Bulbs--TOW

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Wed, 21 Jan 2004 06:46:40 PST
Dear All;
	Depending on how you look at it there are few (different 
genera) hardy yellow-flowered bulbs or a ton of them (narcissus cvs 
included). I could mention my five favorite Narcissus easily. Well, 
maybe since I haven't tried reducing the number to ONLY 5).

	So here's my mix of favorites.

	1.	Eranthis both hyemalis and cilicica. Wonderful in 
early spring both for flower and foliage. Both self sew lightly and 
are always welcome.

	2.	Glad. x gandavensis (or other names) does fine too. 
Larger than other hardy Glad species (communis,byzantinus, italicus 
etc.) and the only one with albeit pale, yellow flowers. Easy too in 
sun or light shade.

	3.	Sternbergia lutea. Surprised no one else has 
mentioned this one. A somewhat brassy color, but a welcome fall 
bloomer that is very reliable.

	4.	Paeonia 'Bartzella' - While most of the readers might 
not even consider peonies as geophytes, they sure have the life 
style. This is an incredible hybrid between an herbaceous pod parent 
with tree peony pollen that has huge full double yellow flowers of 
the most pleasing yellow of all. Hardy and reliable, it's flowers are 
incredible and the plant looks good all season. One of my top garden 

	5.	Narcissus; I could list a dozen, but having only a 
single place, I can't name any single favorite; there are too many. 
Early season it is 'Cedric Morris' since it is SO early nothing else 
is in the running (in full bloom now).  Later I love the Campernelles 
although less fond of the double form. In full season my favorite has 
to be 'Raspberry Rose' although it really isn't yellow at all. And 
the common 'Tete a Tete' has to win something for pure vigor and 
attitude. I give up though as I recall too many others that call for 
mention here. These are so easy and reliable in general that I am 
just stunned to find any garden that has NO daffodils in it. Typical 
Kansas City Zero-scaping.

	I should note the gaps in this list: the lack of Crocus- I 
don't find any of the yellows very pleasing, and Tulips - too few 
last long enough to make a dent. And I won't mention things potted 
and in the greenhouse. Not that many that make the grade anyway.

	You'd think from this short list that yellow bulbs don't make 
much of a statement, but the sheer number of Narcissus here, 
something between 3K to 5K in a one acre garden, make yellow the 
definite color of spring. it is just the small number of genera.

		Best	Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
E-fax  419-781-8594

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