A recent missive from my neighborhood organization offered the following:
A. 10 Monsella Tulips ($15)
E. 20 Jumbo Crocuses ($10)
B. 25 Lavender Mountain Lilies ($10)
F. 5 Fragrant Hyacinths ($10)
C. 10 Naturalizing Daffodils ($12)
G. 3 Stargazer Lilies ($10)
D. 5 Allium Purple Sensations ($10)
H. 10 Deluxe Tulips ($10)
I. 10 Quail Daffodils ($10)
L. 20 Blue Grape Hyacinths ($10)
J. 20 Glory of Snows ($10)
M. Spring Garden Collection ($20)
Includes 50 bulbs (5 Deluxe Tulips; 5 Deluxe
Daffodils; 10 Blue Grape Hyacinths; 10 Alpine
Rosy Bells; 10 Tall Dutch Irises; and 10 Jumbo
K. 10 Angelique Tulips ($15)
It’s that time of year. Many of you have probably received emails similar to the one I just got, offering a selection of bulbs, the sale of which will benefit a local nonprofit—often a school, maybe even the school that your child attends. I don’t have kids but I am a faithful girl scout cookie buyer and soccer team supporter (though I think those big boxes of candy bars left in the office with an envelope are pure evil, especially when you’re the only one there at 10 p.m.).
I am happy to sacrifice my budget and waistline, such as it is, to support these excellent causes, but when it comes to bulbs, I also—kind of—want to know if they’re decent. Before I plunk down $15 for ten Monsellas I can get from John Scheepers for $8 (which is fine), I’d like to be sure I’m not digging up the garden for nothing.
And then the names. I went to the Dutch Gardens site (where I think this sale originates) to get to the bottom of “Lavender Mountain Lilies.” (shown above) I did find small print there IDing the plant as ixiolirion tartaricum. Hmm. Yet another cultivar (among many) that has no business calling itself a lily. I’m not sure the botanical name they give is right either.
Well, I don’t want to be ill-natured about this, but I think that people who are trying to help charities, schools, etc. deserve to get reputable, correctly ID’d bulbs for their money, just as we do when we order from whomever. That’s all.
Oh, and if anyone buys that Lavender Mountain Lily, let me know how you do.