New Member Introduction

Gilbert Nancy L Contr 9 CES/CEC
Fri, 22 Oct 2004 13:15:43 PDT
Mary Sue,
We have had good luck with many of the coastal native bulbs and continue to
be surprised by the hardiness of some species that are reported to be frost
tender: C. splendens, C. simulans, C. catalinae, C. argillosus, C. albus
rubellus, C. pulchellus, C. amabilis, C. vestae have coped well with our
frosts and even a foot of snow; we were pleasantly surprised. Dichelostemma
ida maia does well for us and so do the coastal Erythroniums, Tritelias and
Brodiaeas we have tried thus far. We haven't had as much success with the
coastal lilies and fritillarias as we would like, but continue to doggedly
experiment with them. Our biggest obstacles seems to be the high heat and
sometimes 'extremely' heavy rainfall. I think the coast gets more continual,
but gentler rain, whereas we get some real gully washers.
Where are you and Kathy S. located?

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Mary Sue Ittner
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 12:47 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] New Member Introduction

Dear Nancy,

We are pleased to have you join our group and thank you for introducing 
yourself. Welcome. It will be quite interesting to hear your experiences. 
It sounds like you are a bit colder than Kathy S. but otherwise your 
climate sounds similar. Your rainfall is a lot like mine, a little less, 
but the same time of the year, but you are much colder in winter and hotter 
in summer. I find some of the California bulbs from hotter summers and 
colder winters I can still grow here, but I wonder if the opposite is true 
for coastal bulbs. Do they thrive or survive where you live?

Mary Sue
Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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