An English Bulb Meadow

James Waddick
Fri, 07 Aug 2015 22:01:57 PDT
Dear Jane,

	In my Kansas City garden Jeanine is very small and does not make large clumps. Likewise Geranium tuberosum is about 6 in tall and does not flop.

	I don’t think Narcissus obvallaris would survive in a full sun lawn here, but thrives and seeds about lightly in 1/2 shade. 

	Bulbs behave very differently in the midwest than the west coast.  The others you mention have all dwindled here.  Maybe Tulipa clusiana ?

			Jim W. 

> On Aug 7, 2015, at 11:05 PM, Jane McGary <> wrote:
> 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

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone     816-746-1949

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