Lycoris squamigera in a country garden

mark zukaitis
Mon, 10 Aug 2009 13:21:15 PDT
I have to tell you about my being a passenger in a car going on a drive through Westminster, Maryland.  Severay people grew Lycoris squamigera - I only saw one place where there was only one stem.  The rest were dense colonies.  Beautiful!  A more accurate name would be Lycoris with some sort of "carnus" as the specie as they are not really pink, not really any color.  Basically flesh colored.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Jane McGary<> 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society<> 
  Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:40 PM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] Lycoris squamigera in a country garden

  Jim's story about the Lycoris-filled garden reminds me of one I 
  passed by in Chile 2 years ago, where the entire front garden was 
  filled with a striped Hippeastrum in full bloom. No doubt this 
  country gardener had received a gift bulb many years ago, and 
  multiplied it in this favorable climate. I've also noticed native 
  species of Rhodophiala planted as ornamentals in rural Chile -- one 
  of the few native species one sees used this way, despite the noble 
  efforts of Drs. Riedemann and Aldunate and their "Flora Native de 
  Valor Ornamental" series.

  A project I intend to see to when I've retired is going to some old 
  Oregon gardens of which I have the addresses from back issues of the 
  Rock Garden Quarterly, to find out if the collections described there 
  40 or so years ago still exist even in remnants. One is a violet 
  collection, and another is snowdrops.

  Jane McGary
  Northwestern Oregon, USA
  At 02:55 PM 8/9/2009, you wrote:
  >At about this time last year I stumbled upon a small country garden full of
  >Lycoris squamigera. A knock on the door of the house did not bring an
  >answer, and I was reluctant to enter the garden without permission. It was
  >very tempting, especially since the garden was unfenced and very welcoming.

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