An Online Bulb Identifier

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Kathy asked me to help identify a blue flowering bulb and in the back of my mind I didn’t think there were any 5-petalled bulbs. I wished I had a bulb book keyed backwards by identifying characteristics like some of my wildflower books are. And, ta-da, there is one at World Wide Flowering Plant Family Identification, though it won’t fit in my knapsack with the other books. As a person always wondering what things are, this looks to be a useful site. If you can remember or scribble down the big things (# petals, leaves opposite, etc), you can steer pretty close; with a flower sample you’d be home.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 4b/5aLocation: rural; just south of British Columbia/Idaho borderGeographic type: foot of Black & Clifty Mountains (foothills of Rockies–the Wet Columbia Mountains in BC climate- speak)Soil type:acid sand (glacial lake bed)/coniferous forestExperience level: intermediate/professionalParticular interests: fragrant & edible plants, hardy bulbs, cottage gardening, alpines, peonies, penstemons & other blue flowers, primulas, antique & species roses & iris; nocturnal flowers Also: owner of Paradise Gardens Rare Plant Nursery

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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