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Het news of week 31 of 2017
One of the intriging specialty bulbous plants I grow is Habranthus 'Mary'. It's not a special or intriging plant in the sense of its inflorescence or how difficult to grow, but because the plant does not react on growing conditions I expect it to do. Given the origin, I grow the plants indoor on one of the windowsills of my house. The plants have been outdoors for two weeks in our Dutch summer climate. After a week, the first flowers appeared and new flowers appeared while the weather outside these days is not really tropical weather.

For the news of the past weeks, click here.

Spain June 2015
This year we have visited the northeastern part of Spain for our Summer holiday. In June we have visited various places in the Pyrenees, starting in Bilbao/Hondarribia and ending at the Mediterranean coast. Where we have walked in national parcs and other beautiful green areas. Below a short photo impression.

Foz de Lumbier, Lumbier Allium sphaerocephalum, Foz de Lumbier Valle de Bujaruelo, Torla
Lilium pyrenaicum, Valle de Bujaruelo, Torla Aquilegia vulgaris, Parc Nacional Ordesa y Monte Perdido, Torla Rhododendron ferrugineum, Parc Nacional d'Aiguesortes i Estan y de Saint Maurici, Espot
Asphodelus albus, Parc Nacional d'Aiguesortes i Estan y de Saint Maurici, Espot Narcissus poeticus, Plan de Beret, Baquerai Plan de Beret, Baquerai

South Africa 2013
In the last week of January-first week of February I have visited together with two friends under guidance of Cameron McMaster a part of the province East Cape. With start and end in East London we have driven 1,600 kilometers by Morgan's Bay, Stutterheim area (Catchcart, Hogsback), Somerset East, Stutterheim area again and King William's Town.
Click here or a photo impression of the trip.

Massonia depressa Ledebouria cooperi Veltheimia bracteata

South Africa 2006
The Indigenous Bulb Society of South Africa (IBSA) organised for the second time a Bulb and Corm Symposium at the Goudini Spa, near Worcester, which was heldfrom Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September 2006. The first two days of the Symposium consisted of lectures, slide shows and talks covering cultivation, morphology and identification of South African bulbs and corms. On the next three days there were visits around the Worcester area where it was be possible to see some of the exquisite bulbs and corms. Just like in 2003 I got the opportunity to visit the symposium. After the symposium I have spent some days in Nieuoudtville.
South Africa 2006 pictures 1
South Africa 2006 pictures 2

Terrain near Swellendam Lachenalia orchioides Boophone disticha

In volume 55 of Herbertia, the annual of  The International Bulb Society, an article of me about propagation of specialty bulbs has been published. Finally an article with detailled technical information about partitioning and scaling of specialty bulbs. The results show a lot of possibilities with these techniques. If you want to know more, let me know by sending me a message .

Book about specialty bulbs
In May 1999 the former publisher Balkema International Publishers published my
'Bulb book'. In this book bulbous plants are described which can be grown indoors or in a greenhouse. In a practical way I have explained which species can be grown and how they are tended. Up till now I have heard and read only positive reactions. Click 'here' for more information about this most interesting book.

I don't sell bulbs, I'm just an enthousiastic amateur grower of these bulbs. On this site you can find some links to some suppliers.