Some more photos taken in our garden and nursery. The page could take some time to load so we have broken it up a bit with some information about each bulb. Whatever we say about them applies to growing conditions in Auckland, New Zealand. We get no frosts here on our property, high winter rainfall - unbelievably high this year, and usually quite regular falls during the summer. Apart from seedlings and a few really special ones, all our bulbs are grown outside. However, because of the terrible weather this winter with lots of hail we are getting a larger greenhouse to protect more tender items such as Lachenalias
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Cyrtanthus sanguineus Eucomis zambesiaca
Apart from an occasional re-pot, the bold and lovely C. sanguineus seems to thrive with us on almost total neglect. Indeed we often forget where they are until the striking flowers pop up suddenly in Autumn.
Eucomis zambesiaca is one of the smallest of a genus of interesting bulbs often called pineapple flowers because of the distinctive pineapple-like flower spikes often with a tuft of leaves at the top. It is strongly scented.
Leucojum autumnale
Now isn't this a real cutie! It's a bit too mild in Auckland to grow snowdrops well, but these are a great substitute, even though they flower in autumn rather than spring. Easy to grow and they multiply well.
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Scilla peruviana
Velthiemia bracteata
Scillas come in all shapes and sizes. This Mediterranean species is one of the big ones. Easily grown here and very handsome. It will even grow from root cuttings taken in early summer. A white form is also available.
As for the a giant Lachenalia, and doesn't that crushed strawberry colour make it look good enough to eat! Large glossy green foliage as a bonus.
Spiloxene capensis Sternbergia lutea
These brilliant white starry flowers are stunning on a sunny day. Also comes in yellow and even pink. So easily grown it can almost become a welcome pest!
The Sternbergia is another good substitute with us, this time for crocus, so many of which don't like our mild climate. Flowers in early autumn and should be more widely grown as it is not difficult.
And what on earth is this?? It's a closeup of the strikingly unusual Arisaema sikokianum. Native of Japan and sure to create interest in a shady woodland spot. The Arisaemas are becoming much more popular, their flowers ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous!