Jane McGary

Jane lives in a rural area near the Clackamas River, a major tributary of the Willamette, about 30 miles southeast of Portland, Oregon, at 1,600 feet (c. 520 m) elevation in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The soil is moderately acid, well-drained rocky clay loam of volcanic origin. Rainfall averages 45 inches per year, almost all between October and June. Minimum temperatures range from 0 to 25 °F (-18 to -4 °C) with typical winter low around 15 °F (-10 °C). Cold periods usually last from 3 to 7 days. Summer highs are in the low 90s F (c. 32 °C), and summer humidity is low, so that night cooling is sharp even during heat waves. The main challenge to growing Mediterranean bulbs is excessive wetness in spring and cycles of wet freezing and thawing in winter, so most bulbs here are grown, at least until a good stock is propagated, in a set of large bulb frames. These were described in several publications, including "Bulbs." A more detailed discussion of bulb frames appears in the forthcoming NARGS/Timber Press book "Rock Garden Design and Construction," to be published in October 2003, which Jane edited. She has also edited two other books in this series: "Rock Garden Plants of North America" and "Bulbs of North America." She is the editor of the NARGS journal, the "Rock Garden Quarterly" (see http://www.nargs.org for more information on this very bulb-friendly organization). Plants are her avocation; her profession is editing, primarily scholarly reference works with concentration in linguistics, history, literature, and anthropology. Jane is the current membership coordinator of the Pacific Bulb Society. Contact her at <janemcgary@earthlink.net>.

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