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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back from the dormant state

This Colchicum almost always hits Valentines day on the money. This year it's two weeks early. Too early to get scared but early enough to worry, this is a weird weather year. Mostly average temperature but more rain in December?

Narcissus romieuxii "Julia Jane" is early this year too!

Rather warm the last few days, I think it reached 60 yesterday and rain fell hard this morning.

Mark Akimoff

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Autumn Enters

It has to be the first frost night, it's been such a long growing season, I can't imagine it doesn't end tonight. It's 45 degrees at 6 o'clock and the cloud cover was dissapating when the last sunlight left for the day.

So apparently Crocus cartwrightianus likes the long growing season, because it has bloomed very well this year. I will update in the morning with the minimum temps, but for now I'll guess the growing season ends tohight. Well, technically the Autumnal bloomers are a till going, and the winter blooming Narcissus are already thinking about saying hi to Christmas, so since we grow hardy bulbs here really, the growing season never ends.



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Thanks for a great season

Another fun season of shipping bulbs has ended. Thanks to all the customers who keep this going. I'm hoping to keep the blog more active and write a bit more this year. The autumn colchicums are coming on strong now. This C. Tenorii or tenorei or a few different other spellings I've run across. It's Italian, amd I like it because it has a stout bearing the flowers don't really flop like some of the bigger species.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Shipping has ended for 2015

Thanks for another great season! I will leave the list up for reference purposes. Happy growing. Mark.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Last minute orders

I'll be wrapping up bulb sales this weekend. So get any last minute orders in now. The fall bloomers are ready to go!

Sunny and warm after some spotty weekend showers.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Rare Bulb Catalog 2015: End of season clearance sale


Update: End of Year Clearance Sale, we will take 15% off your order total for orders from now until Sunday September 13th. The fall bloomers are starting to come on and these bulbs need to get into the ground so order now because I'm closing up shop and will be done shipping on Sunday. Cheers, Mark.
This list is a continuation of the bulb offerings that Jane McGary offered for many years. Jane has entrusted me to continue her offering and I do so here at the greatest pleasure. I owe a huge thanks to Jane for stock, advice on growing, the wonderful experience of working in her garden, moving rocks and pulling weeds, and imparting so much of her knowledge about specialty bulbs. This year isn’t much different then last, it was a super hot summer, This is definitely putting selection pressure towards the even more zeric adapted geophytes in this collection. As last year, I have relatively low numbers of each and every item so stop wasting your time reading the intro and place an order or you will likely miss out on what you want.

The Nursery: Illahe Nursery and Gardens is located in the South Salem hills of the Central Willamette Valley of Oregon at 600 feet in elevation. The Climate here has been described as Mediterranean, although it really is cooler and wetter. Rainfall occurs here primarily between the months of October and May and ranges between 40-80 inches. Temperatures in the winter rarely fall below 20 deg. F. in the winter, however the last few winters have seen temperatures as low as 9 deg. F inside an unheated greenhouse. Summers are generally dry. The Jory loam soil here is deep and extremely fertile. Agriculture in the immediate vicinity is mostly Christmas tree production, vineyards , nursery and grass seed production.

To see pictures of the bulbs, please visit the Illahe blog at www.illaherarebulbs.blogspot.com,  or try The Random House Book of Bulbs by Martyn Rix and Roger Phillips,  or the Pacific Bulb Society website.

Size of  bulbs: Bulbs have been selected for large size in hopes of providing flowering in the shortest period possible, some bulbs are available in smaller sizes and those are listed below. Often newly potted bulbs need a year to settle in before flowering. All bulbs are priced per single bulb, unless otherwise noted.

Hardiness: It is impossible precisely to predict the winter survival of bulbous plants in a given area. My garden is a notorious frost pocket although some of the bulbs are grown in an unheated, open ended greenhouse, many are grown out in the open in raised frames.  Refer to standard authors such as Martyn Rix and Brian Mathew for guidance, remembering that they refer to gardens in Britain, USDA Zones 8-9. It is wise to cultivate new (and expensive) bulbs under cover until you have enough to risk in the open garden, where not only weather but also predators threaten them. (For details, see Jane’s chapter on "Bulb and Alpine Frames" in Rock Garden Design and Construction, Timber Press, 2003.) Unless otherwise noted all these plants can survive at least a few degrees of frost, provided they have good drainage and the foliage is not wet. In areas with snow cover and/or dry winters, they can survive more cold.

Domestic customers:
Ordering: Please send a list by e-mail (preferable for quickest processing) or post to the address below. All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to illaherarebulbs@gmail.com
Shipping: I will bill you for Priority Mail postage. I will continue to send domestic orders until the end of September or whenever I run out of bulbs to sell you.
Payment: DO NOT SEND PAYMENT WITH YOUR ORDER. All bulbs are available in limited quantities and you may not receive everything you want. You will be billed with your shipment. I would like to have everyone pay with pay-pal this year, so you will receive an invoice in the email and I will ship when you have paid, if the money is not deposited within three days of invoicing your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack.
International Customers:
Ordering: Send your order via email.  All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to illaherarebulbs@gmail.com.
Shipping: I will bill you for first class postage, rate will be based on your order size. If you desire a faster postage rate please let me know this, and I will let you know the rate when your order is ready to be shipped.  I will bill you for Phytosanitary certification, that cost is $45 per order. Due to inspection/phytosanitary scheduling I can only offer two weeks of international shipping so please place your order no later than September 6th 2014. Get together with a garden group and do one big order if you are international and that way we can all save money and time! Seriously it would help me, the plant inspector and the post man if we all consolidated a bit.
Payment: International customers will be required to pay by Pay-Pal. Your order will be filled and inspected, you will be sent an email invoice with the Pay-Pal deposit information. When the money is deposited your order will be shipped. If you must cancel an order, please do so promptly, if the money is not deposited within 3 business days, you will be sent a notification email and your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack. Your bulb order leaves here with Phytosanitary certificate stating that it is free from pest and disease and therefore not subject to quarantine, however I do not have any control over the receiving countries agricultural inspections, so I cannot offer any guarantee and the loss should your government hold your bulbs is on you. Please notify me immediately of any issues and I will do what I can.
Remember all bulbs are available in limited quantities so whether you are domestic or international please realize I sell out of some stuff very quickly so get your order in as soon as possible. Email is preferred for questions related to bulb purchases.
Please feel free to forward this list to anyone who might be interested.
Thank you,
Mark Akimoff
Illahe Nursery and Gardens
7645 Sunnyside Rd SE
Salem, Or 97306
Allium textile Central United States; clusters of starry white flowers. $2
Allium sp.  A good selection for troughs, this former Leach Botanical garden selection does well in very zeric conditions. $3

Amaryllis belladonna tall stalks end in bright pink fall/late summer blooming flowers. Lg bulbs. $8

Arum dioscoridis Turkey; wonderful but bad-smelling inflorescence, greenish cream heavily spotted with black. Medium, $3

Biarum tenuifolium ssp. abbreviatum Blackish spathes, flowers late summer. $4
Biarum tenuifolium ssp. abbreviatum
Biarum sp. PB435 From the Pacific Bulb Society seed exchange-Figure out what it is and let me know! $3

Biarum tenuifolium ssp. zelborii Crete, Very rare. $6

Colchicum/Autumn Crocus
Colchcium psaridis smaller species, great for trough or rockery, flowers bloom at the surface in the fall. $5

Colchicum atropurpureumDrakes Form’ An old form, known for it’s sweet, honey and clove scent. $6

Colchicum autumnale ‘Rosy Dawn’ large corms, Fall. $4

Colchicum autumnale alboplenum ‘White Waterlilly’  Huge, double white flowers. large corms, Fall. $7

Colchicum autumnale alboplenum
Colchicum autumnale Large goblets of lavender pink flowers in the fall when everything else is going to bed for the winter. Plan for for the large, almost tropical foliage when planting them. $5
Colchicum bivonae ‘Apollo’ Handsomely tessellated light pink flowers. $5 Sold Out

Colchicum byzantinum A very old hybrid dating back to the 1500’s, obviously a stalwart performer through the years to have lasted in cultivation this long. Pink flowers in the Autumn. $6

Colchicum disreali Giant pink flowers with white tessalations, probably one of my all time favorite fall bloomers, certainly eye catching. $6 Sold Out

Colchicum hungaricum ‘Valentine’ Outstanding Feburary bloomer, larger than type, pink. $4

Colchicum hungaricum Valentine
Colchicum(Merendera) montanum It’s been called many different names, but it’s a great species for the trough, or rock garden, low blooming pink flowers. Spain/Portugal. $3

Crocus albiflorus Spring bloomer from the European Alps.  $3 Sold Out

Crocus kotschyanus fall; Pink fls. $3

Crocus niveus large fall flowered species from the Pelopenese. $4

Crocus scepusiensis Spring. Lavender. Sometimes considered a form of C. vernus. $3

Crocus thomasii A fantastic fall blooming sativus type, strong saffron fragrance and a great increaser. Adriatic coastal species. $8

Crocus thomasii
Calochortus venustus The mariposa lily, super showy patterned in the throat flowers. Good for the ever more droughted conditions we seem to be having here in the US Western states. $5


Fritillaria acmpoettala
Fritillaria acmopetala ‘Dark Form’ Eastern Medd; $6

Fritillaria affinis ex Vancouver Island. $5 Sold out

Fritillaria amana ‘Yellow Form’ This one tends to bloom at the soil surface then keep pushing up as it matures.  $8 Sold Out
Fritillaria biflora "grayana" A vigorous form, flowering in late spring. $5

Fritillaria caucasica Caucas Mts; Dark bells. $4

Fritillaria caucasica JJA 85122 From the Archibalds wild seed collections. Dark bells. $6

Fritillaria davisii Short stems, dark pendent bells, increases well. $4 Sold Out

Fritillaria elwesii Beautiful bells with a dusty bloom on the petals. $4Sold Out

Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana

Fritillaria hermonis ssp. amana Turkey. $5

Fritillaria kotschyana JJANorthern Iran, Seed grown from the Archibalds. $5Sold Out

Fritillaria latakiensis Syria/Turkery, Reminds me of  F. recurva but with brown/green bells. Very showy. $6

Fritillaria liliacea Calif., winter-growing, needs protection, but survived 9 degrees F. in a Bulb frame; white fls  $8 Sold out

Fritillaria orientalis Caucasus, checkered pendant bells, easy grower. $4

Fritillaria persica Peach colored mini bells on large trusses. $8

Fritillaria pontica Tall, pale green broad pendant bells, easy lg. $4

Fritillaria pudica ‘Richard Britten’ Larger flowered form. Lg. bulbs $8,Sold Out medium $4
Fritillaria pudica Oregon; Yellow bells. $3

Fritillaria whitallii Nicely Checkered bells. $6

Fritillaria X burnatii….Hmmm, don’t know about the name on this one. Take a chance. $3


Narcissus watieri

Narcissus hispanicus ssp. bujei Spain, bright yellow trumpet, fast increaser and tremendous garden subject. $4

Narcissus primigenius Classic daffodils, deep yellow. Spain $3 Sold Out

Narcissus romieuxii ‘Julia Jane’ Selected from an Archibald collection in North Africa, a pale yellow, vigorous form. $5

Narcissus romieuxii Pale yellow widely flared “hoop petticoat” flowers, early. $3 Sold out

Narcissus romieuxii ssp. albidus var. zaianicus A mouthful of a name, but a great early blooming white species. $6Sold Out

Narcissus rupicola smaller jonquil species from Spain, good rock garden subject. $4

Narcissus watieri From the Atlas Mts. of Morocco, beautiful white flowers.  $6

Narcissus wilkommii A deep yellow Jonquilla species with a large corona. $5

Narciussus bulbocodium petite hoop peticoats in light yellow. Southern France. $3

Notholirion thomsonianum Kashmir/Himalaya. Winter grower. Superb Pink Fls. Large bulbs $6 Medium $4

Scilla mischtschenkoana N. Iran. Large fls, early. $3

Tritelia ixiodes ssp. analina California, Sierra Nevada. Very cool yellow-umbel like flowers. $4 Sold Out

Triteleia peduncularis Tall; big white-and-purple fls on very long pedicels, inflorescence can be a foot across; plant deeply $4

Tulipa didieri Possibly extinct in the wild, or extremely rare. Crimson flowers with a dark center. $7Sold Out

Tulipa didieri

Seeds: Are $3 per packet.  My wild collections are noted, year and accession.

Camassia quamash  MAA 1504 Growing in grass savanna and under the very dry shade of Garry Oaks.  2’ tall flowering spikes of light bluish gray.

Camassia cusicki garden grown from wild seed in the Wallowa mountains of Eastern Oregon, seasonally wet grassy meadows.

Iris tenax MAA 1506 Small semi evergreen iris species from the South Salem hills at about 400’ in elevation, with poison oak, Erythronium and Broadiae along mixed oak and Hawthorne scrub woodlands.

Triteleia hyacinthina MAA1507  Starry white flower heads, in early June. Found growing alongside the quamash under 300 year old Garry Oak’s.

Brodiaea(Dichelostemma) congesta MAA 1505 Fork Toothed Ookow, heads of Pink Flowers on wispy stems. Garry Oak and Douglas Hawhthorne scrub margins in Jory Soils.

Iris douglasiana garden grown from a Coastal collection of this common western US species, drought tolerant summer dry species.

Fritillaria biflora ‘Grayana’ garden grown form of this very vigorous selection, these hybridize freely with Fritillaria purdyi  which I grow in close proximity. so  you are likely to see some hybrid swarms in this seed.

Fritillaria liliaceae garden grown, waxy, gleaming white pendant bells.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Harvest is done

A good harvest of some choice minature narcissus this year will really help you fill the gaps on bloom time. Illahe offers species that are ultra early (December) flowering, middle and late bloomers as well.
The pots are all harvested and im going through the bins now, so the catalog will be any day. Expect the usual excellent selection of Fritillaria, a variety of fall blooming colchicum and crocus from the sativus group as well as a selection of wild collected western bulb seed.