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

In its own way, frost may be one of the most beautiful things to happen in your garden all year . . . Don’t miss it. Like all true beauty, it is fleeting. It will grace your garden for but a short while this morning. . . . For this moment, embrace frost as the beautiful gift that it is.

~Philip Harnden in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons

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