what's sprouting in my cold frame

Jane McGary janemcgary@earthlink.net
Sun, 26 Feb 2012 12:56:51 PST
Kathleen wrote

>Veltheimia bracteata gets water spray from the open section, so 
>those plants are growing strongly.

Kathleen, how cold do you think it gets in that frame? I have a huge 
pot of this Veltheimia that I grew for many years in the solarium of 
my previous house (still for sale, solarium and all), but my new 
house has nowhere much to keep plants completely frost-free in 
winter. Kept in the living room it doesn't flower. I've been 
wondering whether I should try some of the bulbs in the center of the 
bulb house, or just send them all to the BX.

SPeaking of houses and gardens for sale, Ellen Hornig and I can at 
least go back and plunder our former gardens at leisure until the 
real estate market perks up -- a silver lining. I left a woodland 
planting with a lot of anemones there, hoping it would encourage 
potential buyers, but my live-in caretakers can't keep up with the 
weeding, so I'm just going to take all the plants I can and let them 
herbicide the ground under the trees and shrubs.

There are still some remains of the old bulb frames there, too, one 
of them full of mixed colchicums. If I had the names on them, I'd 
send them to the BX, but they were lifted from the garden and put 
back in the former frame area when I ran out of room for them in the new place.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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