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Greetings from the Garden 

 August,2004  -  winter/early spring,  in Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia.    

1. What's happening in the garden this month?

2. We now have FREE postage with EVERY order.

3. Site updates.



                   Above - Romulea sabulosa


1. What's happening in the garden this month?

With the coming warmer weather, many of the summer growing bulbs are now starting to show the first signs of foliage up through the ground. Crinum macowanii, pictured below, is one such Crinum species responding to the warmth of the early spring sun.  These bulbs survived really well with continued rain through out the winter season. I highly recommend this Crinum species as hardy to be sure! A week ago, there was no sign of these bulbs at all.

News this month includes a visit from Cameron McMaster, owner and manager of Africa Bulbs in South Africa. Cameron came over to Australia to continue his work in Dohne Sheep Breeding. An interesting field of endeavour, I was captivated by his stories about the breeders here in Australia. Cameron remarked that he is continually amazed at Australians ability to adapt to new ideas and then improve on them! This particular breed of sheep has not been in Australia that long and we have already made some significant contributions to Dohne sheep breeding efforts around the globe. Interesting hey!


Frost, Frost, Frost! Darn frost nearly wiped out my Clivia collection this winter. I am really eager to get an new green house built after this heart breaking event. I am continuing to obtain the odd Clivia seed here and there from other enthusiasts so I am gong to persist with them until I have the new grouse built. I am pretty sure I can frost-proof the area, time will tell.


The front paddock is absolutely covered with Romulea rosea var. australis this year. Pictured below, this small robust Aussie covers out entire district this time of year.

There are some very nice colour forms of this little treasure. Keep in mind though, unlike Romulea sabulosa, which is up to 2.5 inches across, Romulea rosea var. australis flowers are only 0.5 inches across and not terribly significant. They look great en masse in bloom for about two weeks each year. I'll see if I can get an image later on next month.

The bulbs are that think in some of the summer bed, it looks like they need a serious hair cut. I think the Romulea foliage would be a good insulator against heavy frost fro some of the Amaryllid seedlings. They don't seem to mind having 1000's of Romulea in the same growing space as they are. I am amazed how bulbs live together, side by side by the hundreds.



 Above - Romulea rosea var. australis     


Other beautiful flowers we have seen this month in the garden include:

Bulbinella latifolia var. latifolia (right) and  Bulbinella latifolia var. doleretica, pictured below. The flowers on both these bulbs is quite showy, and ease of cultivation is an attractive quality too. These grow in beds of pure sand on clay and require no water during their dormant months.















  Left, Hermodactylus tuberosa, the snake's-head iris found it's way into the early spring sun this week. This is a curious and interesting  bulb. The foliage is stiff, green, flat sided and lies along the ground. The flowers are green with black falls. This easy to grow bulb survive very low temperatures and is a good bulb for the beginner enthusiast.         






Right - Romulea monticola.       


Do you have seeds to trade or sell? We buy and trade all kinds of seeds from the garden. Email me if you do.





These two images show Romulea sabulosa growing in the winter beds here at Barnawartha. This easy to grow bulb survives our hot summers and wet winters. Growing in pure sand on a clay base between the rock, this stunning little flowers appears in early spring. 










2. We now have FREE postage with EVERY order.

     This month saw the decision of free postage/shipping being introduced at Mainly Amaryllids Garden. With this gesture, disseminating rare and endangered bulbous species becomes even easier for the  bulb enthusiast. I hope this entices you to build your bulb collection further!

 3. Site updates.

Next month I will be revising all the bulb prices. All of the prices listed will be reduced. Year ago, when I first started growing bulb I promised my customers that when I had more room to grow, bulb prices would come down. This is due to the ease of growing in such a large area. Having so much room also allows me to buy larger lots of  seeds, thus making it cheaper to provide the bulbs to the enthusiast.

    This revision will include all future lists from Mainly Amaryllids Garden. (Summer List, Winter List & Other List)



That's about all for this month. I hope yours was a beauty! Talk to you next month.

Happy Gardening,   Dash.

Ps. As usual I have included a few gifs I found on the web :-)
















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