Miscellaneous spring bulbs 2012

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Mark McD
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Crow Garlic, Allium vineale, is edible.  There are reports of a number of species of Allium, including regular garlic or Allium sativum, of having some toxicity when eaten in large quantities. Allium vineale is found as an invasive in approximately 1/2 of North America, and is listed on many States noxiopus weeds lists.  It is very invasive here, and considered very difficult to eradicate.  It will infest lawns, where eradication is nearly impossible.  Bad onion!

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Allium+vineale
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_vineale
http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ALVI&mapType=nativity&photoID...

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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RickR wrote:

Hoy wrote:

Rick, did you have the heart to eat it :o

Of Course!  Many lilies, like L. davidii, are quite robust.  There is really no need to coddle them to get them to reproduce, and this species is very easy to clean if the bulbs are not too old.

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And yes, A vineale goes dormant in summer. That is, the leaves wilt but the stem with a few flowers and lots of bulbils stays for all summer more or less green. When I was a child we played with it pretending it was real onions for dinner but we were never allowed to eat them. My grandma said they were poisonous.

I wonder if that is true ???

I'd take seed of that Scilla, Trond, if you get any...

I have found out that she was wrong, indeed! She said it to teach us not to eat unknown plants in general and she probably had in mind another similar plant usually found farther south which actually is toxic.

Seed shouldn't be difficult to get. I'll keep you in mind (I hope!)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

cohan
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That's a very pretty Scilla, Trond, very lush :)
I don't know Allium vineale, but that reminds me of my childhood- we were told almost all berries were poisonous- except the obvious wild raspberries and strawberries.. gooseberries not poisononous but we were told they were usually full of worms so leave them alone... (still not sure about that!).. same idea- too hard to be sure what a bunch of kids are eating in the fields and bush!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

bulborum
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Well Tulipa Ice-cream is a disaster
when you have a lot of rain
hope next year they look better

Roland

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cohan
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bulborum wrote:

.....hope next year they look better

Roland

the gardener's hope and comfort!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Hoy
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Roland, even single tulips often get messy here!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Toole
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Flowering off and on for the last two months Gagea fibrosa --close up of the small starry yellow flowers .Very easy from seed.

Yummy Anemone pavonina red.

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Howey
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Mmm..  Really nice, Dave.  Both are "must tries".  Fran

Frances Howey
London, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5b

cohan
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Dave, are you in full spring yet, or are these late winter plants for you? Great colour on the Anemone :)

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Steve Newall
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Funny you should mention that Cohan . Just sitting here having the morning cuppa and thinking "Yep , it's spring now , the weather is turning nasty " . Usually this weather deterioration coincides with lambing ( which it has done ) . Going down to Dave's on a pilgrimmage run in a couple of weeks with my parents to see his very cool garden

Balclutha , New Zealand

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