Slow time on the bulb scene (James Waddick)

Kathleen Sayce
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:24:21 PDT
Here on the SW coast of Washington, late spring bulbs are just  
finishing off (Nectarscordum, some tall Ornithogalums ), a few onions  
are underway, and later Alliums, Lilium, Crinums and Amaryllis  
belladonna are yet to start.  I have three largish Crinum x powellii,  
which for some reason survived snow, hail, heavy rain, even more  
snow, and generally prolonged cold wet conditions last winter. All  
were killed back to the main bulb, and a Crinum 'Hanibal's Dwarf'  
nearby did die, but these three eventually put up new leaves and  
started growing again. Amazing. I was sure they were going to be the  
stars of my Winter 2009 Ex Plant List. No sign of flower buds on them  
yet this year, but just surviving last winter was wonderful.

Pacifica iris finally quit flowering about a week ago, and seed pods  
are forming. Speaking of seed pods, I was watching several  
Erythronium & Tulipa pods ripen, and about two days before I planned  
to pick them, local deer neatly nipped them off. I know, a dog, a  
fence, either would help with this situation.  .  . they really like  
Calochortus too, very tasty to a deer, and interplanting alliums does  
not deter the deer at all.

Summer being the time for vacations, I also met a PBS member in  
person this week, Dave Brastow, from Olympia, WA, who was down on the  
beach for the 4th of July weekend. He came bearing gifts: Trillium  
ovatum, several Erythroniums, and a mystery iris seedling, along with  
a young Scadoxus seedling--the name of which I still need to get from  
him, if he reads this.

On the Pacific NW coast in Summer, where the tourists are swarming  
and foggy days alternate with sun. 

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