Bulbs of western American Fritillaria again

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sat, 02 Jun 2007 16:21:22 PDT
Roger wrote,

Molly Grothaus ... had a large bed made of flue tiles on end, one species
>in each tile. As she described it, one end of the array of tiles was
>shadier in summer than the other end because of proximity to a small
>tree. Her practice when she lifted and replanted her frits was to move them
>to a tile a little closer to the shady end if they looked a bit

In addition, Molly placed roof shingles (composite type) over individual 
flues to protect dormant bulbs from excess moisture, in whatever season 
this was necessary.

Molly was the person who woke me to the idea that one could grow bulbs from 
seed. I still have several plants that she gave me as seeds or bulblets in 
the mid-1980s. She was one of the finest gardeners in the Pacific Northwest 
(which is saying something), and very generous with both plants and knowledge.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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