An English Bulb Meadow
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:30:45 PDT
I like working with "Colorblends"  Wholesale Flowerbulbs.  Their Tommies are 
$10/100;  Scilla sibericas (not certain if their variety is
the Spring Beauty or not) $15/100.  Hope this helps.
Savita Wilder (Zn8/9) West Coast

-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Friday, August 7, 2015 1:30 PM
To: Rick Buell via pbs
Subject: Re: [pbs] An English Bulb Meadow

I have been longing to make better use of my lawn. I want to experiment with 
a drift of bulbs in the lawn. I have decided after reading these posts and 
after growing hardy bulbs for 50 years, that I want to plant, in the grass, 
Crocus tommasinianus, Puschkinia libanotica, Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’, 
and some reliable Muscari selection. I have searched the websites of my 
usual favorite bulb sellers. Some of them have “upgraded” their websites so 
that they are much less navigable. Others charge unreasonable prices for 
common things like the old-fashioned “Tommies” which should be as cheap as 
the dirt they grow in. And others do not have puschkinia or even some of the 
really common species. Can anyone recommend a source for all of these 
genera/species in quantities of a hundred for a “reasonable” price?

BTW: off topic,  has anyone else noticed how badly designed some commercial 
websites are from the customer’s point of view? I assume the companies have 
paid a lot of money for a new and better website, usually one that makes 
things work better for the heads of the operations, more difficult for the 
employees, and often more difficult for customers to navigate. They must be 
losing business; they are certainly losing mine. Doesn‘t anyone give these 
things a test run?

Dell, in WV, USA, zone 5/6? where it hasn’t rained enough since June, when 
it rained too much.

From: Travis Owen
Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎August‎ ‎7‎, ‎2015 ‎2‎:‎48‎ ‎PM
To: Rick Buell via pbs

My country yard (5 acre lot, semi-rural) is a rodent habitat. Moles, 
gophers, rabbits, tree squirrels, ground squirrels, mice... Bulbs are lucky 
to survive. Then there are the deer.

Part of my yard has practically no topsoil, it is alluvial in nature (full 
of large rocks from an ancient river basin). Surrounding are douglas-fir and 
pine trees, adding a nice needle mulch every year. This is the area I've 
chosen to naturalize some Crocus and Scilla, small bulbs that I can plant 
easily in the difficult substrate. Moles and gophers stay away from these 
very rocky spots. Squirrels sometimes dig, but not too deep. To deal with 
deer, I've arranged some dead Arctostaphylos shrubs, the twisted wood is 
gorgeous, to obscure the view and restrict access by deer (inherently lazy 
browsers, I think). I have lost not a single Crocus so far in this spot, but 
I've lost many in areas with friable loam.

Hopefully the bulbs will increase well. Photos next year.

Travis Owen
Rogue River, OR

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