Carefree or Undependable
Tue, 06 May 2008 11:17:14 PDT
On 5 May 08, at 12:32, James Waddick wrote:

>  Martagon lilies - forget them. Never had a bloom although 
> most lilies do just fine and I wouldn't be without them.

Martagons are a success in my ex-swamp/former marsh. By sheer dumb 
luck, I planted them in a congenial position, shaded on the south by 
a neighbor's hedge (red cedars that are starting to get too big for 
comfort), in my usual heavyish, clayish, dampish soil. They flower 
and seed with abandon, and self-sown seedlings appear in modest 

IOW: they don't seem to need a lot of direct sun; they like soil 
that's never really bone dry; they can handle lots of water in 
winter; they don't want a summer baking.

Also comfortable in this site, the fragrant Trillium albidum and 
Sanguinaria canadensis 'Multiplex'. Too comfortable: Anemone nemorosa 
'Vestal', which has gotten mixed up with a patch of Ophiopogon 
japonicus minor; the entire area is going to have to be lifted and 
the soil screened to remove the anemone. Ugh!

The same conditions also suit Narcissus eystettensis, in case anybody 
is thinking of springing for a start of this rare but beautiful 
antique cultivar -- it was in Parkinson's "Paradisus in Soli 
Paradisi." (I hope I've got that name right.)

In the thread on Over Enthuiastic Bulbs, Diane Whitehead mentioned 
Hyacinthoides (aka Endymion). I second, third, and in fact millionth 
her nomination for Worst Bulbous Pest of All Time (with a nod to 
Ornithogalum umbellatum). I was in my previous house 13 years. Every 
spring I would sedulously lift all the Hyacinthoides I could find. 
When I left, after 13 years of digging, there were as many as ever.

I've been in my present house nearly 20 years, and the same thing has 
happened: as many, if not more, than ever.

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

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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