pbs Digest, Vol 36, Issue 19

Wendy Wells publicwells@gmail.com
Sat, 22 Feb 2020 07:01:10 PST
Bill was a kind and generous man who loved to share his knowledge at the Cabrillo Farmer's Market. His displays of narcissis were a delight to see. He will be missed.

Wendelyn
Santa Cruz

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Today's Topics:

  1. Bill the Bulb Baron (michaelcmace@gmail.com)
  2. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (Kelly Irvin)
  3. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (Vlad Volosciuc)
  4. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (Mary Gorton)
  5. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (Jane McGary)
  6. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (Vlad Volosciuc)
  7. Re: Bill the Bulb Baron (linny@cruzio.com)
  8. unknown Iridacea (piaba)


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Message: 1
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:07:07 -0800
From: <michaelcmace@gmail.com>
To: <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Subject: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
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I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
the end of 2019.
https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
Welch/obituary.html



I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!



> From a post he made to the list in 2015:





"Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!



I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
better than ever in the last 2-3 years.



They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
Year's, but none after early April.



I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
usual."





Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
year.



Mike



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Message: 2
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:36:28 -0600
From: Kelly Irvin <kellso@irvincentral.com>
To: pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
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Found at the end of the obituary for Bill Welch...


     Celebration of Life

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-- 
Mr. Kelly M. Irvin
10850 Hodge Ln
Gravette, AR 72736
USA

Home Phone: 479-787-9958

USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a/b

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kelly.m.irvin

> On 2/21/20 11:07 AM, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
> the end of 2019.
> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
> Welch/obituary.html
> 
> 
> 
> I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
> decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
> hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
> but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
> of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!
> 
> 
> 
>> From a post he made to the list in 2015:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> "Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
> bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
> blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!
> 
> 
> 
> I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
> better than ever in the last 2-3 years.
> 
> 
> 
> They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
> Year's, but none after early April.
> 
> 
> 
> I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
> crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
> are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
> usual."
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
> over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
> year.
> 
> 
> 
> Mike
> 
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Message: 3
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 19:22:39 +0100
From: Vlad Volosciuc <vladimir_volosciuc@yahoo.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
Message-ID: <A88B94A3-B2E2-4E87-96BE-809DF3E917A3@yahoo.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8

Michael,

am lost... Is Bill not amongst us anymore? I really hope that is not true!



Sent from my iPhone XS

> On 21. Feb 2020, at 18:08, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> 
> ?I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
> the end of 2019.
> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
> Welch/obituary.html
> 
> 
> 
> I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
> decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
> hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
> but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
> of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!
> 
> 
> 
> From a post he made to the list in 2015:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> "Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
> bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
> blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!
> 
> 
> 
> I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
> better than ever in the last 2-3 years.
> 
> 
> 
> They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
> Year's, but none after early April.
> 
> 
> 
> I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
> crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
> are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
> usual."
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
> over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
> year.
> 
> 
> 
> Mike
> 
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Message: 4
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:49:46 +0000 (UTC)
From: Mary Gorton <mgorton01@verizon.net>
To: pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
Message-ID: <1947195201.6377132.1582310986413@mail.yahoo.com>
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https://legacy.com/obituaries/name/…

-----Original Message-----
From: Vlad Volosciuc via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Cc: Vlad Volosciuc <vladimir_volosciuc@yahoo.com>
Sent: Fri, Feb 21, 2020 1:22 pm
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron

Michael,

am lost... Is Bill not amongst us anymore? I really hope that is not true!



Sent from my iPhone XS

> On 21. Feb 2020, at 18:08, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> 
> ?I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
> the end of 2019.
> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
> Welch/obituary.html
> 
> 
> 
> I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
> decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
> hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
> but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
> of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!
> 
> 
> 
> From a post he made to the list in 2015:
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> "Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
> bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
> blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!
> 
> 
> 
> I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
> better than ever in the last 2-3 years.
> 
> 
> 
> They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
> Year's, but none after early April.
> 
> 
> 
> I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
> crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
> are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
> usual."
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
> over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
> year.
> 
> 
> 
> Mike
> 
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Message: 5
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:25:56 -0800
From: Jane McGary <janemcgary@earthlink.net>
To: pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
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I visited Bill Welch's nursery some years ago to buy bulbs for my 
brother's garden near Monterey. He was very welcoming and enthusiastic 
about the plants, which were growing in field rows. It was the first 
time I had seen Haemanthus in flower, an amazing sight. At that time he 
was selling his plants mostly through farmers' markets. He obviously had 
a profound devotion to his work with bulbs. As with so many who have 
gone before us, his legacy flowers on.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon

> On 2/21/2020 9:07 AM, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
> the end of 2019.
> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
> Welch/obituary.html
> 


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Message: 6
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:53:00 +0100
From: Vlad Volosciuc <vladimir_volosciuc@yahoo.com>
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
Message-ID: <216F6E55-171B-4DAB-B076-EE2B134CEB50@yahoo.com>
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:( :( Oh no, I am so heartbroken... How I did not know it? Last time we talked was around Thanksgiving, he complained about his heart. I am butsting into tears, I have rarely known online such a nice person.

Bill invited me to his farm in 2020, in August, to cross pollinate some Belladonnas. He likes some of my ideas...

I am really heartbroken, such a los. He is in a better place now.



Sent from my iPhone XS

> On 21. Feb 2020, at 19:50, Mary Gorton via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:
> 
> ?
> https://legacy.com/obituaries/name/…
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vlad Volosciuc via pbs <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
> To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
> Cc: Vlad Volosciuc <vladimir_volosciuc@yahoo.com>
> Sent: Fri, Feb 21, 2020 1:22 pm
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
> 
> Michael,
> 
> am lost... Is Bill not amongst us anymore? I really hope that is not true!
> 
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPhone XS
> 
>>> On 21. Feb 2020, at 18:08, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
>> 
>> ?I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
>> the end of 2019.
>> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
>> Welch/obituary.html
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
>> decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
>> hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
>> but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
>> of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> From a post he made to the list in 2015:
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> "Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
>> bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
>> blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
>> better than ever in the last 2-3 years.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
>> Year's, but none after early April.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
>> crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
>> are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
>> usual."
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
>> over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
>> year.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Mike
>> 
>> _______________________________________________
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Message: 7
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:44:19 -0800
From: linny@cruzio.com
To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net>
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bill the Bulb Baron
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Oh, no!  This is very sad news.  Bill was at our local Farmer's Mkt
almost every year.  He was so enthusiastic and loved his bulbs so much,
it wasn't possible to pass by without stopping for a chat which always
turned into a long and educational conversation.  Right now many lovely
and fragrant Narcissus from his stock are blooming in our orchard and
gracing every room in our home.  I just made the first cut yesterday.  I
will miss him so much.  I hope someone will rescue his bulbs so his work
isn't lost. Perhaps others of you will attend the service for him.  If
so, I hope to see you and know who you are somehow. 

Lin in Watsonville where Spring is advancing apace and out my window I
see Hardenbergia and Magnolia in bloom along with the Narcissus

> On 2020-02-21 09:07, michaelcmace@gmail.com wrote:
> 
> I heard this week that Bill Welch, AKA Bill the Bulb Baron, passed away at
> the end of 2019.
> https://pacificgardenschapel.com/tribute/details/…
> Welch/obituary.html
> 
> I hadn't seen Bill on this list recently, but he posted a lot in the past
> decade. Bill had a farm near Watsonville, CA, where he grew Narcissus
> hybrids and Amarygia. It sounds like he did a lot of work with Narcissus,
> but his posts here were mostly about his beloved Amaryllids. He had a wealth
> of knowledge and was always glad to share information. Thanks, Bill!
> 
> From a post he made to the list in 2015:
> 
> "Here on the coast near Watsonville, California, it is the most phenomenal
> bloom year I have ever had on the Amaryllis belladonna hybrids--10,000s
> blooming. And here I thought last year was outstanding!
> 
> I attribute this abundance to the warming climate, all my bulbs are doing
> better than ever in the last 2-3 years.
> 
> They did get a few waterings in the months after the rains quit around New
> Year's, but none after early April.
> 
> I have also been seeing some of the deepest colors ever, as more of my
> crosses reach maturity. My season is also peaking now but still many more
> are emerging from the ground each day. It is a later and longer season than
> usual."
> 
> Even though he was about an hour from my house, I never found the time to go
> over and look at those flowers. You always think there will be time next
> year.
> 
> Mike
> 
> _______________________________________________
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Message: 8
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2020 00:53:53 +0000 (UTC)
From: piaba <piabinha@yahoo.com>
To: pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Subject: [pbs] unknown Iridacea
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thanks, all.
btw, if you're in NYC in the winter, it might be worth a visit to the BBG.? it's a small garden, but right now, they have a nice cape bulb display, with Veltheimia, Chasmanthe, Moraea, Gladioulus, in bloom; a few weeks back, Androcymbium and Massonia. 
?

======== tsuh yang? 



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