Scilla bifolia, Wisley gardens

Fri, 24 Mar 2006 11:49:19 PST
Dear all,
I just returned from Wisley gardens, where Paul Cumbleton, member of this 
form, very kindly
showed me around his bulb collection. It was  the first time I visited the
garden at this period of the year and it appeared to be one of the best
times.  At first John showed us the exhibition showhouse with the pots in
flower are regularly presented. The amount of species in flower was so
overwhelming that it is too much to mention all. There collection of
Scilla-chiniodoxa was most impressive (the pot of Chinio-scilla allenii was
particularly beautiful.)  Then we proceded to the newly equiped alpine house
where  the pots are grown. in raised plunged beds. The roof can be closed
during adverse weather conditions,  but normally remains open. One house was
almost exclusevily dedicated to Cyclamens.  C Coum, pseudibericum, persicum
were on full flower. Another house contained  almost , exclusively south
african bulbs such as Tritonia, Moraea, Gladiolus, Lachenalia.
in the parc  Galanthus was  virtually terminated, Crocus  flowering in large
carpets amongst the grass.  Narcissus  generally just starting, but
featuring   brillantly were N bulbicodium and cyclamineus.
A most agreable recommendable bulb experience

Lauw de Jager
Visiting  England

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Grimshaw" <>
> The hybrid xChionoscilla allenii is often perfectly fertile and can sow
> itself abundantly, as it does in my parents' garden, with seedlings
> varying
> quite a bit.

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