Bill the Bulb Baron

michaelcmace@gmail.com michaelcmace@gmail.com
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 09:07:07 PST
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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