An English Bulb Meadow

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:29:47 PDT
I've heared from several sources now that O. Umbellatum has a really bad 
reputation - i can't confirm invasiveness, in fact it disappeared in my 
fathers lawn about 5-6 years after appearing, both without deliberate 
action from our side. maybe it's our loam/clay, it should behave 
differently on turf/peat (I'm a bit unsure about wording, since online 
dictionaries lack sensitivity for a gardeners understanding of soil).

Even though our soil is totally different, I can confirm that Crocus 
Tommasianus and C. Chrysanthus and, rarely, C. Vernus naturalize around 
here. I've planted Crocus Sieberi last fall, so no data on how well they 
naturalize, but I'm hopefull. Besides that, Eranthis Hyemalis, Galanthus 
Nivalis, Chinodoxa Forbesii (?), Scilla Sibirica, Leucojum Vernum and a 
few Muscari complete the early spring setup.
Second phase is more difficult: for me, most daffodils fade away if 
planted between grasses, only a hand full of 'Rip van Winkle' keep their 
ground. If you count them as 'bulbs', I have found that Corydalis Cava 
naturalize well - no wonder, as they're  native around here. Allium 
Ursinum colonizes places with more shadow, while Allium Schoenoprasum 
likes sun.
up to now, I haven't really tried to expand the flowering time of bulbs 
in the grass: Ixia die away in about 3 years in my normal flower beds, 
so no chance to get them into a bulb meadow. I have yet to try any 
european gladiolus, and I've lost quite some Crocosmia if I left them in 
the garden in winter. Maybe I should try Liatris?  Camassia? any more 
ideas for rather heavy soil in Zone 7?
I've seen Colchicum Autumnale in meadows around here, so maybe I should 
give them a try.

Closing in on the topic from the other side: as I'm not a big fan of 
grass, I've replaced a piece of lawn  with mixed varieties of Thyme. 
I've yet to see how well the bulbs beneath this will deal with the 
competition, but I doubt that Thyme is worse than most grasses. I'll 
keep you informed on how it works out.

Baden W├╝rtemberg, Germany

Am 09.08.2015 um 19:55 schrieb Jane McGary:
> You have to search out the Ornithogalum species that aren't readily 
> available to avoid the pests (the main pest is Ornithogalum 
> umbellatum, Star of Bethlehem).
> Jane McGary
> Portland, Oregon, USA
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