totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Tue, 24 Apr 2007 18:02:00 PDT
On 24 Apr 07, at 14:26, Leo A. Martin wrote:

> I've been growing bulbs from seed only a few years now, in a somewhat
> difficult climate.
> Believe me, once I have some seeds/bulbs to send, they'll be on their
> way.
> Leo Martin
> Phoenix Arizona USA

Ah, but for some plants, Phoenix is probably the ideal climate. I'm 
thinking particularly of difficult middle eastern irises, oncocyclids 
in particular.

It's one of the deeper wisdoms of gardening not to fight your climate 
and soil, but to find out what does well under your conditions and 
then grow lots of it. I suspect that every one of us can grow easily 
and well plants that others find difficult or impossible.

Case in point: our east-coast-of-the-USA contingent bemourn their 
inability to keep tulips going for more than a couple of years. 
Around here, the gardens are currently masses of tulips that have 
clearly been there for a long time. Nothing too rare afaict, mostly 
big red & yellow affairs, but I did see a nice patch of Tulipa 
clusiana in front of one house. Even in my own ex-swamp, some tulips 
hang in there thanks to careful placement to avoid the worst of the 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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