Rushing things...

Jane McGary
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 10:25:05 PDT
On the Pacific coast we have the opposite problem encountered by those 
east of the Rockies: Dutch bulb companies ship mail orders in early 
November because we live in "USDA Zone 8" and are assumed to have the 
same weather as people in Virginia or North Carolina (where McKenney 
lives). We need those bulbs in September. Another example of the 
futility of basing planting choices on the USDA zones.

Last year I wanted to plant a lot of horticultural anemones in my bulb 
lawn (they're meadow plants in nature). I ordered them from both McClure 
& Zimmerman and John Scheepers. M&Z shipped early, and all the anemones 
did well; Scheepers showed up in early November, and not a single tuber 
survived, I assume because they had spent too long in dry storage. M&Z 
also sell fall-flowering crocuses.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 8/19/2018 9:49 AM, Linda M Foulis wrote:
> In my local Costco the fall bulbs appear with the Halloween stuff, and it is here as of 2 weeks ago.
> Linda Foulis
> Close to Rocky Mountain House, AB     Zone 2ish
> -----Original Message-----
> From: pbs <> On Behalf Of Jim McKenney
> Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2018 9:20 AM
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
> Subject: [pbs] Rushing things...
> And what to my wondering eyes should appear at the grocery store the other day: racks of little boxes of bulbs for sale - daffodils, tulips, crocuses, alliums and probably others. I wonder what will happen if the people who buy them plant them now? Jim McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the local soils when hot and wet are notoriously inhospitable to many bulbs. _______________________________________________

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