An English Bulb Meadow

Jane McGary
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 21:05:09 PDT
Jim Waddick wrote." What about small Alliums like ‘Jeanine’ or Geranium 
tuberosum and p[robably others."

Allium moly 'Jeannine' makes large clumps, so perhaps not suited to a 
lawn or meadow. Geranium tuberosum is a tall plant that tends to flop 
about; I had the cultivar 'Leonidas' which has larger, darker flowers 
and would encourage people to look for it. Somehow I didn't bring it 
along when I moved.

Nobody has yet mentioned Narcissus in turf, but Narcissus obvallaris is 
a major element in my bulb lawn, and some of the tiny species like N. 
calcicola and N. rupicola got in by accident and amazed me by 
flourishing there. In nature they inhabit rocky soils with little grassy 
turf, at least when I saw them. N. bulbocodium is successfully 
naturalized in turf in the UK.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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