Undependable Garden Bulbs

Diane Whitehead voltaire@islandnet.com
Mon, 05 May 2008 12:38:29 PDT
Rodger wrote:

>  surprisingly bad performers:
> 1. Leucojum vernum. I've planted hundreds -  In Janis Ruksans book,  
> there's
> a photo of L. vernum growing wild somewhere in eastern Europe; the
> site is a dead flat meadow with nary a tree in sight.

I never had any success with them either.  I realized why when I saw  
them in flower in the Czech Republic in the kind of situation I would  
expect to see the bright yellow spathes of our skunk cabbage.   
Riparian deciduous woodland.  The valley had pools of water from  
melting snow and the adjacent river.  The Leucojum didn't require so  
much water, though, as I saw clumps of the yellow-marked ones   
flowering in a nearby farmyard - the farmers were enthusiastic  
gardeners and showed us the stack of photo albums filled with pictures  
of their flowers.  They must have watered them well.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

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