Bill Welch's bulb farm will continue

Lesley Richardson lesleykayrichardson@gmail.com
Mon, 02 Mar 2020 06:31:09 PST
Thank you for this. It's very good news that his work will go on. I bought
from him for the first time 18 months ago and enjoyed the beauties
(especially the Tazettas). Will keep buying.
Bill was a delight to talk to. He chose, for me, what to plant on our snowy
(at present) mountainside.
Lesley

On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 11:34 PM <michaelcmace@gmail.com> wrote:

> I went to the memorial get-together at Bill the Bulb Baron's farm today. I
> was very happy to hear that the business will continue -- Bill left the
> farm
> to the couple who had been working with him.
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> As I'm sure most of you know, there are far too many stories of bulb
> businesses that either disappeared completely or were subject to desperate
> last-minute rescue operations after the owner died. Bill planned ahead to
> prevent that from happening, and I really respect it.
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> I hadn't realized how prominent Bill was in the breeding of Tazetta
> narcissus. The American Daffodil Society gave him its gold medal last year.
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> The majority of plants at Bill's farm are Narcissus (past peak bloom,
> unfortunately), but tucked away in various spots were all sorts of goodies:
> Freesias scattered around in ones and twos, a few vivid yellow
> Zantedeschias, a row of Watsonias in bud, a little bright purple patch of
> Scilla peruviana (or whatever the heck we call them these days), and so on.
> Plus I think about an acre of Amaryllis, with a few plants that looked like
> Crinums at the edges.
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> The plants all looked very vigorous and well cared for.
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> I'm told that Bill died peacefully at the bulb farm, taking a nap in his
> truck. Not a bad way to go.
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> Mike
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