"Bermudian snowdrop" <> Lodden Lily

Brook Klehm Lodden Lily">bklehm@comcast.net
Sun, 10 Apr 2005 09:58:02 PDT
'Gravetye Giant' bulbs I have purchased from commercial sources have 
flowers 1.5 times the size of the species.  L. aestivum is such a weed 
here in rural, coastal northern California.  Gophers move their bulbs 
around the garden so that I find flowering size bulbs in new locations 
of the garden each year.  This ruins this color scheme gardener's 
palette.  Makes me crazy!  However, since they begin to bloom in 
November and bloom on through the winter until about March, who's to 

Brook Klehm, Sebastopol, zone 8/9... too cold for most summer dormant 
South African bulbs, too winter wet for most Central American bulbs and 
too cool in summer for tropical bulbs!
On Apr 10, 2005, at 3:14 AM, JohnCrellin wrote:

> I am intending to photograph L. aestivum subsp. aestivum next week - 
> Dinton
> Pastures has been recommended to me.
> On this subject does anyone have information on the distinguishing 
> features
> of Gravetye Giant ?
> John Crellin
> Reply / forward from John Crellin
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian Whyer [mailto:brian.whyer@btinternet.com]
> Sent: 09 April 2005 12:12
> To: 'Pacific Bulb Society'
> Subject: RE: [pbs] "Bermudian snowdrop"
> Jim
> I find that a strange suggestion. Leucojum aestivum normally has the 
> trivial
> name Loddon Lily in the UK, named after a tributary of the Thames 
> about 15
> miles from my home, alongside which it grows "wild". If she uses the 
> latter
> name in the book you can rule out the snowdrop name presumably. I will 
> see
> Avon bulbs at the RHS/AGS show in London on Tuesday and will consult 
> them,
> if I remember. Thinking about it, I have never seen them in the wild 
> and may
> go and try a few habitat photos for the wiki.
> Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England, zone ~8
>> Great suggestion, Brian.
>> I took your advice, and the staff at East Lambrook Manor Gardens came
> up
>> with the suggestion that the "Bermudian snowdrop" is probably Leucojum
>> aestivum.
>> Jim McKenney
>> jimmckenney@starpower.net
>> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Leucojum aestivum
> is
>> blooming here now.
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