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Monday, March 10, 2014

Help a brother out!

So I think this is Leucojum aestivum...But I'm not 100% sure.
It came with the house, and the house come with a story. So sit back and relax and I'll tell you a little of the history of Sunnyside, Oregon. 
The house was built in 1932, at least that's what it says on the deed. Based on the foundation, which I have had the absolute displeasure of inspecting, because that means crawling into the crawl space of an 82 year old house, complete with giant spiders, the original building was actually a prune drying shed, which would is consistent with the shape and size of half the foundation, at some point, and I'm guessing it was 1932, someone added on to the prune drying shed and decided to call it a "house". The prune drying shed hypothesis comes from some late 1800 surveys of the area I was able to dig up and a neat little chapter in a Marion County Historical society publication about how the hills in Southeast Salem were home to a large number of prune drying barons, the sheds in the photgraphs matching almost exactly the original foundation dimensions based on scale reference.....Jory Hill sitting just above me (remember Hung Valley from my intro post), was named for a very famous prune dryer who owned a lot of land around this area. 
The 82 year old house as it looks today.
So the road running in front of the house is called the Old Salem Highway on the deed and apparently if you trace the history back far enough, that was the main route south, long before they built interstate 5. Across Jackson Hill rd is was a horse changing station back in the late 1800's, whereby if you were enroute to Albany, Corvallis or Eugene and left the Salem Depot, your carriage would stop at Sunnyside to switch horses out for fresh legs.

This is getting long winded and what I'm really trying to say is that the house is relatively old and has some history attached to it. The Snowflake came with the house, and I don't know how old it is. Anyone out there that might be able to tell if that is maybe a species, or some cultivar that someone may have planted long after the house was built?

 For the sake of bulb interest I've included a picture of Acis tingitana, which apparently was once a Luecojum, seems to have the exact same bloom time as the possible aestivum above, but I think these are now safe to call Acis.

Ok....can you tell that I actually sat down in front of a computer, instead of typing on my phone for this post?......But in all honesty, if you can point out the true identity of the Luecojum above it would help me out a great deal.

Foggy mornings, Sunshine in the afternoons and into the high 50's.

Cheers,

Mark

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