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BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« on: October 07, 2010, 04:25:36 AM »
I noticed in the latest Bulb Log, that the following name and spelling is used repeatedly:
Crocus speciosus ssp. xanthiolomis

Is this a spelling error for Crocus speciosus M.Bieb. subsp. xantholaimos B.Mathew?

By the way, when starting a thread on Bulb Log feedback, can I assume it is important to not only give the bulb log number, but the date (as I have done in this topic subject), as the weekly bulb log numbers repeat from year to year.
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2010, 07:17:45 AM »
Hi Guys

Just a further clarification to this name. I believe it means "yellow throat" in Greek.

Cheers, Marcus Harvey  :)

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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2010, 10:48:44 AM »
I noticed in the latest Bulb Log, that the following name and spelling is used repeatedly:
Crocus speciosus ssp. xanthiolomis

Is this a spelling error for Crocus speciosus M.Bieb. subsp. xantholaimos B.Mathew?

By the way, when starting a thread on Bulb Log feedback, can I assume it is important to not only give the bulb log number, but the date (as I have done in this topic subject), as the weekly bulb log numbers repeat from year to year.

Yes, the spelling is an error... sometimes the dyslexic Bulb Despot manages to sneak the odd mistake past my editing eyes.... I'll fix it.

The clearest way to label the threads is in the same way as the Logs are listed, thus the Log in question here is 40/10, being Number 40 of 2010.
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2010, 12:28:31 PM »

Yes, the spelling is an error... sometimes the dyslexic Bulb Despot manages to sneak the odd mistake past my editing eyes.... I'll fix it.

The clearest way to label the threads is in the same way as the Logs are listed, thus the Log in question here is 40/10, being Number 40 of 2010.


Thanks Maggi. Let the Dulb Bespot know that I too suffer from dyslexia ;D
Mark McDonough
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2010, 01:27:15 PM »
Just spending a lunchtime catching up on recent Logs.  Is your experimental sand bed made from "grit sand" all the way through?  It seems to give good results with the crocus, and I cannot see Sand Beds in the index, so not sure if you have told us previously.

I am planning a similar alpine bed this winter edged with rocks, or home-made tufa, and containing mainly sand.  But I might experiment with different types, or add grit and/or leaf mould to some parts.  Do you (or other forumists) have any hints as a suitable mix for a damp west coast location?
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2010, 02:17:58 PM »
Geoff Hamilton was the first person I saw using hyper tufa
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2010, 02:30:09 PM »
Richard

I used a sharp gritty sand from a quarry that crushes rock for aggregate the gritty sand is the smallest screening.
I started that bed about 2 years ago or it could be three and it has proved very successful for all the bulbs I have tried in it.

I would be wary of the hypertufa mix - every time I have tried it in the past it gets blasted apart by frost in the winter - now I just use a mortar cement type mix.
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2010, 06:01:06 PM »
Richard
I would be wary of the hypertufa mix - every time I have tried it in the past it gets blasted apart by frost in the winter - now I just use a mortar cement type mix.

Ian - you probably have more severe winters than I do but some cast hypertufa troughs I made about 25 years ago are still intact; their appearance has improved with age
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2010, 11:15:10 AM »
I thought thats what it looked like Ian, I shall give it a try.  I shall experiment with several mixes of sand/leaf mound, etc in different areas.  I am tempted to use hypertufa and a damper mix on the north facing side, and have a sandier south side with my local sandstone rock.  Its only going to be a couple of metres square so I could always redesign later if/when the hypertufa dissolves with the frost, but Gerry's comments about durability are reassuring.
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Re: BULB LOG 40 - 6th October 2010
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2010, 12:04:56 PM »
We know of various folks who have had hypertufa troughs last as long  or even longer than Gerry's...... but not too many in  cold Scottish areas!
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