SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2017 -Shipping has ended for the season, this list is up for reference only- Greetings, This ...
"All our discontents about what we want appear to spring from the want of thankfulness for what we have." Daniel Dafoe. Read hi...
Fritillaria whittallii Mr. Charles Hervey Grey in the three volume Hardy Bulbs 1938 has this to say: A native of Asia minor, collected b...
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Illahe Nursery and Gardens My little nursery is located in the South Salem hills at an elevation of about 600'. In following the sage...
I covered this group of flowers pretty intently last year, but they were blooming in early March and here they are this year in early Februa...
I swear it's not click bait and there is a story to it; So I harvested some honey from the bee hives a few weeks ago and in the proc...
Crocus leonidii X 'Early Gold' A wonderful, Hardy, Early and floriferous hybrid of C. angustifoliu s and C. reticulatus So is th...
Fritillaria crassifolia ssp. kurdica JJA 17242 I've pointed out the variability in these before, but I've been trying to seperate ...
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
So tomorrow the shipping season ends and I can get back to taking pics of the fall blooming species as the come on.
Hot, sunny and dry weekend ahead! Temps in the 90's although a sprinkle was felt today on the way into work.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
It's really hard to to find the words to describe the intensity of a Total Solar Eclipse, I had no idea it would be that amazing. The Pictures don't do it justice and words just can't describe the eerily changing colors as the sun goes away. Then the bright, silver and white light dancing around the rim as the moon totally obscured the sun. 360 degree sunset, I was floored and everyone who witnessed it felt something
|A Total Solar Eclipse from Prospect Hill in South Salem.|
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2017-Shipping has ended for the season, this list is up for reference only-
This year is a bit of an abbreviated list, as some pressing summer activities I can’t get away from limited my time for the harvest this year. This year I am very pleased to be offering Diana Reeck’s ‘Pacific Sunset’ strain of Erythoniums. As always, I owe a huge thanks to Jane McGary 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 has been setting records for heat waves and rainless summer weather. No big surprise after last year’s prologue, where I mentioned heat tolerance and summer drought seem to be the number one selective pressure in the production line these days. Some bulbs are available only in small numbers so get your order in early. I’ll probably be done shipping in 2 weeks at the most, I’ll update the list as stuff sells out.
The Nursery: Illahe Nursery and Garden 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 and 80 inches. Temperatures in the winter rarely fall below 20 deg. F. in the winter, but 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 highly recommended Pacific Bulb Society website.
Size of bulbs: Bulbs have been selected for large size in hopes of providing flowering in the shortest period possible, but 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, and 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 McGary’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.
Ordering: Please send a list by e-mail. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DO NOT FORGET TO TELL ME YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS.
Shipping: I will bill you for Priority Mail postage.
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, with a Paypal invoice, 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.
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 email@example.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 a few weeks of international shipping so please place your order no later than August 30th, 2017. 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, you, the plant inspector and the postman if we all consolidated a bit.
Payment: International customers will be required to pay by PayPal. Your order will be filled and inspected, you will be sent an email invoice with the PayPal 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 pests and diseases 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.
Illahe Nursery and Gardens
7645 Sunnyside Rd SE
Salem, Or 97306
Allium textile Central United States; clusters of starry white flowers. $2
Erythronium ‘Pacific Sunset’ strain
Over 20 years ago, Oregon plant breeder Walter Blom created some truly unique Erythronium hybrids. He kept only the best, selecting for multiple flowers, vigor, and good increasing qualities. We are finally releasing this first group of his hybrids as Erythronium ‘Pacific Sunset’. There are about 8 separate clones in this strain, and they may differ slightly in size or intensity of color, but all have lovely pink flowers with a delicate stain of green at the base, with silvery veined leaves. They will grow to about 12”, with 2-3 flowers per stem, and increase to larger clumps every year. 1 for $7 or 3 for $20
|Fritillaria acmopetala 'Dark Form'|
Fritillaria acmopetala ‘Dark Form’ Eastern Mediterranean; $6
Fritillaria amana Turkey; a fast increaser, and a good performer in the open garden. $4
Fritillaria caucasica JJA 85122 The following excerpt is from the Archibalds’ catalog and while the number I have doesn’t match what I can find in the archives, this should give you some idea of the species and its habitat: “Armenia, Aragats range, Kasah river valley. (F. caucasica as a whole is not often seen in cultivation and we have little, if any, material from so far E in the UK. The species supposedly extends from the cold NE corner of Turkey across Transcaucasia into NW Iran. As we know it in Turkey, it is rather a fine thing with quite large, conical, glaucous purple-brown bells but we have not seen this form.)” Dark bells. $6
Fritillaria davisii Short stems, dark pendent bells, increases well. $4
Fritillaria elwesii Beautiful bells with a dusty bloom on the petals. $4
Fritillaria orientalis Caucasus, checkered pendant bells, easy grower. $4
Fritillaria pontica Tall, pale green broad pendant bells, easy lg. $4
|F. Pudica “Richard Britten”|
Geranium macrostylum ‘Talish’ Tuberous species collected by Janis Ruksans in the Talish Mountains of Northwest Iran. $4
Iris bucharica ‘Conquest’
lovely white and yellow
flowers, a strong grower for me in the raised beds, it’s said to be one of the
best for the open garden . $8 Sold Out
Narcissus hispanicus ssp. bujei Spain, bright yellow trumpet, fast increaser and tremendous 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. $3
Narcissus x gracilis an assumed hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. poeticus, you can’t really go wrong with those parents, right? $3
Narcissus x odorus Hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. psuedonarcissus or perhaps N. hispanicus. Since it has been known in cultivation since 16th century, is it surprising the actual parents aren’t known? $3
Scilla mischtschenkoana N. Iran. Large fls, early. $4
Scilla verna For some reason I like to think of this as Europe’s version of the indomitable Camas. $3
Scilla vincentii late, blue or white, small and refined $3
Tritelia ixiodes ssp. analina California, Sierra Nevada. Very cool yellow-umbel flowers. $4
Carnivorous Plants: I have to ship these as bareroots in moistened peat or vermiculite, with the pitchers cut back or folded over. Not sure about the viability of International shipping but I will try if you are willing to pay for it.
Darlingtonia californica Oregon’s own unique pitcher plant, the Cobra Lily. This form is incredibly stoloniferous, and has been an easy grower given a cool aquatic root run, these are established quart pot sized specimens. $20.
Sarracenia minor The Hooded Pitcher from Pine Savannas, North Carolina to Florida. One of the species capable of growing in slightly drier conditions. $14
Sarracenia leucophylla The White Topped Pitcher plant, from bogs and pine savannas from Mississippi to Alabama, a stunning bug killer. $14
Sarracenia sp. I think this is S. oreophila, but that is really, really rare……???? From cultivated source material, as are all the offerings except seeds. $25
Epipactis gigantea The Stream Helleborine, our native orchid, not carnivorous but often seen growing in the same situations as Darlingtonia californica, in culture it wants the same cool aquatic root run. These are well rooted 4 inch size, shipped bareroot in moist peat or vermiculite. $12.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
|A calm summer evening at Illahe Nursery and Gardens|
I've had quite a few inquiries about the availability list so I thought I would offer this update. I'm going to start digging bulbs this weekend, with any luck the list should be out by mid to late next week. I am pleased to announce that I will be offering some of Diana Reecks incredible clumping Erythronium's on this years list so be sure to check back often to get in on that offering. Look through the April posts to see what you can get.
In other news, it's insanely hot here in the valley this week, highs topping 105 today and it's supposed to stay super hot the whole week and into the next. Ugghhhh.....I'm not a big fan.