eliminating Spanish bluebells

Laura Grant via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sun, 19 Apr 2020 13:56:41 PDT
If those were English bluebells (Hycinthoides non-scripta), I would beg for
a bucket full ( I would pay for postage). I spent a lot of money buying all
that was available at the Parksville rhododendron conference last fall.
They are not so easy to come by in large quantities. I am planting them in
my orchard of rare fruit trees. Robert has deciduous azaleas in between my
fruit trees, so he calls my "orchard" an azalea garden.
Niagara on the Lake

On Sun, Apr 19, 2020 at 2:25 PM Diane Whitehead via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

> Fifty years ago a generous neighbour gave my small daughter a bunch of
> bluebells she had just dug up.  I had happy memories of picking them in the
> woods across from my childhood home, so we planted them.
> Now I have a half acre of them, despite years of snapping off the flowers
> before they set seed and digging them out - every year a bucketful of bulbs
> would go in the trash but this year there will be a lot more.  I am
> determined to get rid of them.
> I have a bit of help - deer like to eat them, but just the leaves - the
> bulbs are still down there multiplying.
> I fork them out from most of the yard, but they are growing solidly around
> some of my rhododendrons, and digging out the bluebells will kill those
> rhodos.
> Any suggestions?
> Diane Whitehead        Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> cool mediterranean climate  warm dry summers, mild wet winters  70 cm
> rain,   sandy soil
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