Wiki Additions- Narcissus, Romulea, Trillium, Freesia

Juliet Leigh
Sat, 08 Mar 2008 21:32:32 PST
Wow Jim-are you related to Methusalah?
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From: "Jim McKenney" <>
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Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2008 4:46 AM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Wiki Additions- Narcissus, Romulea, Trillium, Freesia

> Thanks Mary Sue and Jay for this latest batch of pictures.
> My little plant of Freesia viridis is about to bloom in the protected cold
> frame. This was received in 2005 and has been outside since; I think it's
> time to move it  from the "problematic" column over to the "success" 
> column.
> Several other freesias were trialed in the cold frame this year and they,
> too, are doing well.
> Jay's daffodil pictures brought back some memories. Plants are important 
> to
> me, of course, but so too are books. A gardening life led without books is
> not for me. I enjoy my plants through my books, and books as much as
> anything help to keep it all together.  One of the daffodils Jay shows,
> 'Snipe', is one I've known about for nearly fifty years. It was 
> illustrated
> on plate XVIII of Patrick Synge's Collins Guide to Bulbs, published in 
> 1961.
> Back in those days, I never saw it on the daffodil lists from which I
> bought, although the similar-in-name and somewhat similar-in-appearance
> 'Jack Snipe' eventually became widely available. Both are cyclamineus
> hybrids and they have a similar color pattern, but the similarity ends
> there. 'Snipe' began to appear on the list of one of the big suppliers
> recently; maybe this year it will finally find its way into this garden.
> On that same plate XVIII is shown Narcissus cantabricus var petunioides. A
> plant answering to that description is about to flower in one of the cold
> frames now. My gosh, it's taken nearly fifty years for this to happen.
> I'm very happy now, happy as only someone who has known such long denial 
> can
> understand.
> Thanks to all who have helped me realize this.
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where I'm still waiting for
> the Romulea to bloom.
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