Lachenalia in the Supermarket

Judy Glattstein
Tue, 31 Jan 2006 03:23:33 PST
My local Shoprite here in New Jersey, along with primroses and dwarf 
daffodils, is selling pots of three different African Beauty® lachenalia 
- clear yellow Romaud, terra-cotta tipped yellow Fransie, and 
green-tipped rose-red Rosabeth. Nice full pots with 5 bulbs at $12.99 
per pot. Fransie was in excellent condition, Romaud looked stretched, 
and all the pots of Rosabeth had two or more damaged flower spikes. I 
may go back and see what can be negotiated . . .

On Sunday I was at Wave Hill, that fabulous public garden in Riverdale, 
the Bronx. There were several pots of South African bulbs on display in 
the conservatory - Romaud (a nice full pan, daintier in size than the 
rather bloated supermarket offerings), Moraea polystachya, and 
Chasmanthe floribunda var. duckittii.

Judy in soggy New Jersey when a very mild January has provided 5 inches 
of rain rather than 4 feet of snow.

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