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Friday, February 22, 2013

The grapes of wrath

Grape Hyacinths that is

Muscari leucostomum

Muscari psuedo-muscari

Muscari inconstrictum

A while back I had to give a lecture on erosion control to a bunch of governmental agencies. I found myself doing some research on the history of the topic. Interestingly enough the dust bowl still ranks as the worst manmade ecological disaster of all time. Can you imagine if 80% of Oregon's topsoil was picked up and blown 4 states over? Ya, kinda scary. Poor farming practices and years of drought can do that. Hopefully through education we have better farming practices but we have been in a pretty big drought cycle in middle America for the last few years....just food for thought and nothing at all to do with flower bulbs.

Pouring like a mutha here in the valley right now. On call duty for flooding creeks so gotta stay close to the phone.



  1. Despite our miserably dry and strange winter (not a single reticulate iris has bloomed yet--amazing! They always bloom by now) we do have Muscari (Hyacinthus, Hyacinthella etc. etc.) azureum out already--surely one of the most magnificent nad indispensible bulbs--and one that loves my garden (I've had literally hundreds pop up in various beds--maybe thousands). Muscari armeniacum/neglectum and their kin are so weedy it took me so long to realize how magnificent their many cousins are: I would never be without M. latifolium, the many forms of M. aucheri, and ESPECIALLY M. moschatum (of the heavenly fragrance): I find the following on my inventory--

    Muscari chalusicum (Jane McGary)
    Muscari dionysicum (McGary 2011)
    Muscari inconstrictum Cyprus-Syria(McGary 2011),
    Muscari muscarimi Turkey, (McGary 2011)
    Muscari pallens (McGary 2011)
    Muscari spreitzenhoferi Crete, (McGary 2011)
    Muscari szovitsianum (Jane McGary)

    Keep them coming!