2012 Images Added to the Edgewood Gardens Web Site

Max Withers maxwithers@gmail.com
Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:57:22 PST
My friends at the Cactus Jungle, an excellent Berkeley succulent nursery,
sold me arm-length nitrile gloves and 12-inch long haemostats (the
clamp/plier hybrids used by surgeons) for weeding around succulents. These
improved matters greatly, but I still had to abandon the area between Agave
parryi and a Puya venusta to feral bermuda grass.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2013 at 6:47 PM, Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net>wrote:

> I missed the subtle British humor re. infectious enthusiasms at first pass!
> Geophytes and cacti are good companions, but I'm not adding the
> latter to my bulb beds for the reason Matt Mattus mentioned:
> "Do you have any problems with weeds?"
> I think the only way to weed around a cactus is to use a long-nosed
> pliers or large tweezers. I recall my mother doing that with her
> cactus collection, which I hated as a child. For the bulb beds, I use
> a shellfish tool shaped like a long, narrow spoon, so the rounded
> edge doesn't damage the bulbs as I scoop out the hundreds of cress
> and Eccremocarpus seedlings. The latter, a Chilean climber, is very
> decorative on the screened sides of the bulb house, attracting
> hummingbirds, but I can't reach all the capsules to prevent its
> releasing its wind-dispersed seeds. Fortunately, the seedlings are
> not quite hardy in the open here. I think you could almost call it a
> geophyte -- it has an enlarged rhizome. I've also caused my own
> problems with weeds by planting a lot of dryland annuals in a
> graveled area next to the bulb house, as a way of utilizing a space
> that has to be left available for vehicle access to the back garden.
> It looks from the photos like John Lonsdale is growing his Asphodelus
> acaulis near a building foundation? I haven't tried it in the open
> yet, but since being released from its mesh pot last spring it has
> grown fast and I should have a spare crown to play with next summer.
> This is a wonderful low plant producing many flowers of an unusual
> warm pink color in late winter. The foliage, though profuse, is not
> long or messy.
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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