Well, this should destroy whatever minimal shreds of confidence any of you may have had in my horticultural expertise. Last Saturday, I spent four hours at our local garden show, Plantasia, not because it’s such a fantastic show (it’s fine), but because my magazine is a sponsor and we have a booth there.
So here I am, hawking magazine subscriptions, enticing suc—I mean, potential happy owners of a subscription to Buffalo Spree with our great introductory offer of ten issues, medical resource guide, performing arts guide, holiday shopping guide, AND this fabulous free gift:
Eight (8) Orchid Glad bulbs in a Small Natural Cotton Bag and Two-Color Tag. Give the perfect green gift: Flowering bulbs in environmentally friendly packaging, an all-natural, unbleached cotton bag with cord drawstrings, customized with a two-color hanging tag. This gift will inspire customers, prospects and employees to go green, and remind them of your organization’s commitment to the environment every year when their plants grow, and flowers bloom! Cotton bag dimensions: 3” x 4”
I hadn’t bothered checking these out beforehand, so I’m babbling away talking about how great they are and how they will probably naturalize and all this crap—I think I had them confused with ipheion, which does spread (it’s practically a weed). Well, as you all probably knew from the instant you saw the image, these bulbs are gladiolus callianthus “Murielae,” hardy only in zones 7 and above, so they’re unlikely to naturalize in any garden around here.
Of course, Western Promotions did not bother to include this information when they sold these to our circulation director. Most bulb promotions are pretty much the same: no botanical information, no culture requirements, no nothing. Just a pretty name like “Orchid Glad,” “Lavender Mountain Lily,” Fairy Lily,” and “Queen Fabiola,” with the instructions “plant in the spring.”
It’s not that terrible. The bulbs were free, pretty, and they’ll bloom one season anyway. I kept a couple bags for myself.