appreciating this list

James L. Jones
Wed, 27 Jun 2012 11:19:29 PDT
At some point, several years ago, during my semi-annual move of dormant geophytes outside from my solar greenhouse, I asked myself, "Why am I doing this?"  These plants want dry heat!  Since then, to the relief of all of us they stay inside and prosper.
There are a couple of distinctive factors at play here that keep the temperature from soaring: an overhead pane is removed (it's plastic) and a large tub of water provides thermal moderation.  In any case, it has worked just fine.
Jim Jones
Lexington, MA

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Gutierrez <>
To: pbs <>
Sent: Wed, Jun 27, 2012 1:38 am
Subject: [pbs] appreciating this list

I was struck by the beauty and diversity of the photos showing plants  
and scenery that were posted by list members today. This mailing list  
allows me to appreciate natural beauty that I will likely never see in  

And I have a bulb question -- I apologize if this question has been  
asked and answered in this forum before, and I missed it. Anyway, I  
grow my South African bulbs in pots in an unheated greenhouse, and  
after the winter bloomers go dormant and the weather warms up, I move  
them onto racks outside where they will spend the summer.

Some creature is rearranging my bulbs. We have squirrels in the  
neighborhood, but I don't usually have them in my garden because of my  
dog. Would other rodents do this? (ick) Raccoons? Something digs in  
the pots in the early summer (now), and in the winter I find  
lachenalia coming up in the sparaxis.

I don't contribute to the PBS list conversations often, but I always  
appreciate what I see and read.


Mary G.

PS. Thanks to Nathan Lange, I was able to import some Crinum macowanii  
seed last winter. I now have a permit to import small lots of seed --  
I'm happy to help if anyone needs to receive seed from outside the US.


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