Spring in the garden

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sun, 08 Apr 2012 08:10:29 PDT
On this overcast, rain possible, spring Easter morning I have many 
bulbs in bloom. Or at least they were yesterday when the sun was out. 
I have representatives of the following genera in bloom:
Allium, Anemone, Babiana, Bellevalia, Calochortus, Cardamine, 
Chasmanthe, Cyrtanthus, Cyclamen, Delphinium, Erythronium, Freesia, 
Fritillaria, Geissorhiza, Gladiolus, Hesperantha, Hippeastrum, 
Hyacinthoides, Hyacinthus, Iris, Ixia, Lachenalia, Moraea, Narcissus, 
Nothoscordum, Oxalis, Pelargonium, Scilla, Sparaxis, Spiloxene, 
Tristagma,Triteleia, Tritonia, Tropaeolum, Tulipa, Veltheimia, 
Wurmbea (Onixotis).

In addition a number of beautiful South Africa ericas are in bloom 
along with Australian grevilleas, leptospermums, rosmarinus, violas 
to name a few so there are swatches of color. On my weekly hike this 
week we started to see more spring wildflowers. We've had a great 
year for Trillium ovatum in the woods, but this time we were on the 
ocean bluffs. There weren't any bulbs yet, but lots of other things.

It should be a great time for those of you coming from out of state 
to Nhu's PBS get together April 21-22. You don't have to be a member 
of the Pacific Bulb Society to join in this gathering either. 
Hopefully a lot of the Bay Area members of this list and the Society 
will be able to come. And the UC Botanical Garden has a free day with 
garden tours on April 21 so people attending won't have to pay an 
entrance fee (although there is a charge for parking.)

Many years ago a previous member of our list from Western Australia, 
Sheila Burrow, picked a bunch of bulbs from her garden and laid them 
on her scanner and made a picture. We added it to the wiki. Since we 
have a lot of new members since then and because it's a lovely 
picture, I'm including the link to it.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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