Bulbs in Bloom

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Sun, 17 Apr 2005 12:54:53 PDT
Mary Sue wrote: "Sorry about this being too long. I've been composing over
the last couple of days and my enthusiasm is getting out of hand."

What a wonderful post, Mary Sue. And I'm sure it will be more amazing to me
after I spend some time on the wiki figuring out what all those plants are.
It's unlikely I'll ever grow most of them here in Maryland, but it's really
thrilling to realize that there are broad bulb horizons waiting for me to
explore if I ever get the chance.

I don't think I'm out of line when I say that here on the east coast our
bulb traditions are firmly centered on the bulbs which have traditionally
made up the commercial bulb trade. It continually amazes me how much more
there is to try out there. And the really cool thing about the internet,
email, and the wiki in particular is that those rarities in our east coast
gardens  which in the past could be learned about only by painstaking
library searches (and that only possible to those who had access to really
good libraries) are now grown, celebrated and publicized  by growers in
other climates for all of us to enjoy virtually. 

I love those long lists, they are the multi-course meals which feed my
gardening curiosity. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where it's impossible to get
anything serious done because every which way I look there is something new
and beautiful and interesting to distract me. 

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