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Re: Back to spring bulbs

What a lovely plant, Auralie. Sorry I've been away from the list lately. Last night I had just sat down at the computer at about 8:15 p.m. when there was a loud noise followed by complete darkness. It turned out that my neighbor and I were the only two houses affected. A large pine had fallen over on the wires and shorting out our shared transformer. I don't know why the tree was leaning, but it appeared to be healthy. The three of us (my neighbor, her husband and I) stood outside watching the electric company personnel (2) cut the tree apart, and we had power restored by 10:00 p.m. We had a good laugh about how obvious it was that we lived in the country and that all we needed to complete the evening was fried chicken and potato salad. :0) Today I worked in some grassy flower beds where everything seems to be blooming at once. The peonies Rich sent me last spring are just beautiful!
zone 7
West TN
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 12:18 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Back to spring bulbs

OK guys, I'll quit complaining.  Thanks for listening.
In all the confusion around my flower beds last fall, I
didn't have the place to plant spring bulbs that I had
planned on.  In fact, it was so confused, that I gave
away most of them, and plain forgot what I had
planted.  This spring I found a plant coming up in an
odd spot under the WNW eave of the house that I
could not identify.  It was obviously not a tulip or a
daffodil. It was too large for crocus or the  other
small bulbs I might have planted.  What was it?  I
asked a visiting friend who is an orchid specialist,
but knows quite a lot abut plants, and he thought
it might be a fritillaria.  Well, when it bloomed, I dug
through old bulb orders to identify it, for it was
totally new to me.  I can't remember why I bought
it.  What I have is Iris bucharica, and I can't imagine
why I had never seen it before.  What a charming
plant!  Each bulb seems to have produced two or
three stems, and each stem has six or seven yellow
and white iris blooms - each about two inches high.
The whole plant is about 12-15 inches high.  I may be
the only ignorant one here, but if, like me, you don't
know this plant, do give it a look.

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