I'm a new member

John Manion john@pollyhillarboretum.org
Wed, 21 Dec 2005 05:02:16 PST
Greetings All,

I have recently become very interested in the geophytes and am eager to 
learn all I can and grow many. I got a bit carried away this autumn 
ordering bulbs to plant around the house at my new job. I'm on Martha's 
Vineyard (USDA zone 6B), which is basically a gigantic, sandy-gravel 
moraine with most of the soil being free-draining and very acidic (pH 
just below 5!). If anyone has any recommendations for what kinds of 
bulbs will do well here, I'd like to hear. Some of the genera I am 
particularly fascinated by are /Fritillaria/, /Chionodoxa/, /Scilla/, 
/Haemanthus/, /Crocus/, /Colchicum/, /Agapanthus/, as well as several 
others. Sadly, as with many other parts of New England, we have a real 
proble with an abundance of deer on the island.

Next month I am going with a small group of people on a botanical foray 
to the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. I'm hoping to see some geophytes 
there...does anyone know which ones I should look for? There seems to be 
a paucity of references dealing with the flora of that specific region.

It good to be part of this group. Let me know if any of you ever head 
this way - I'd be glad to give you a tour of the Polly Hill Arboretum.

Many thanks,

John Manion


John T. Manion

Director of Education/Collections Manager

The Polly Hill Arboretum

PO Box 561, West Tisbury, MA 02575

Phone (508) 693-9426

FAX (508) 693-5772




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