3010 Ettersburg Road
Garberville CA 95542
Among the most beguiling characters in Nature's living cloak are lovely rare bulbs, especially the wildly beautiful species Iris. Each year their humble air turns to sudden splendour in our delighted presence...
"For those who like to specialize in their gardening, or who possess the collector's instinct, it would be difficult to fix upon a more rewarding solution than bulbous plants in general . . . It is when we begin to specialize that we seem to get under the very skin of our craft , so to speak, when we know the purest and most absorbing preoccupation."
Louise Beebe Wilder - Hardy Bulbs 1936
We are firm believers in BULBS.... a catchall phrase for a wonderful group of plants that derive their endurance from various types of underground storage organs:
True 'Bulbs' have a short stem base bearing one or more buds enclosed in overlapping
Corms are round thick modified underground stems having a scaly covering. Crocus, Ixia,
Rhizomes develop from elongated horizontal subterranean plant stems, thickened by
Research can be an enjoyable way to expand your horizons and refine your own choices. So why not explore the fascinating world of bulbous plants in these works:
Bulbs and Iris by Roger Phillips & Martyn Rix, 1989 - like all the Random House paperback series, both books are outstanding surveys with pictures of native habitats.
"From early times bulbs have been part of the fabric of the human race. Their
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Over the course of centuries, a vast reservoir of useful & ornamental plants has been
Unlike many cultural artifacts - which can be stored indefinitely - this invaluable
Species Iris Group of North America (SIGNA) - THE group for lovers of wild Iris
Pacific Bulb Society - Essential society/site for Mediterranean climate gardeners
International Bulb Society - As the name iindicates... everything about Bulbs worldwide
Aril Society International - Check this out if Oncocyclus & Regelia Iris catch your fancy
North American Rock Garden Society Wonderful for all rock garden type plants
Hortus Bulborum - The Netherlands Garden & Society that serves as Bulb Central
Scottish Rock Garden Society/Bulb log - Information & inspiration by devoted experts
"Just as their relatives in the wild are rapidly diminishing in number, so too the ranks
Christoper Brickell - The Vanishing Garden 1986
Henry David Thoreau famously declared: "In wildness is the preservation of the world."-
"When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more.......
American naturalist & explorer, William Beebe (1877-1962)
While we all may hope the Endangered do not become the Extinct - no one can shelter a Snow
"It has taken me half a lifetime to puzzle out the things most worth doing,
British garden designer & author, Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932)
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Here at GREENMANTLE we are committed to growing and propagating wild species and genuinely special old horticultural varieties. Both categories are under intense stress in the modern world, ecologically and commercially. Our current selections are a small sampling of our collection for other interested gardeners…….they are all unique plants whose beauty, rarity and history caught our eye - and may possibly appeal to yours. We will be sending them out from early August through early November, or while their limited supplies last. ....
Minimum order is $20 - Plus $10 shipping charge per order....
California customers please include 8% sales tax. Plants are shipped by U.S. Post Office Priority Mail - we regret that we cannot ship to Florida. You may download our Rose Order Form to use if you wish: It can be found in the list of our Links on the right.
PLEASE NOTE: All items are guaranteed organically grown - here, by us - from our own mother stocks : True-to-name, sound & healthy - viable upon your receipt of order. Since many of our offerings are uncommon - or have specific requirements -
Thereafter - their well-being is in your hands .......
BULB OFFERINGS are posted annually around the Summer Solstice...
GREENMANTLE 2016 AVAILABILITY LIST
Iris - plus Bletilla, Freesia, Ferraria, Gladiolus & Lachenalia
Scorpiron/Juno Section of the Iris Family : These distinctive bulbous Iris grow like little cornstalks with their exquisite flowers in each leaf axil ... their bulbs have long fragile roots which must be preserved through careful handling and planting.
Iris cycloglossa - Native to ripararian areas of Afghanistan, this plant is unusual for a Juno in its taste for some moisture after it has bloomed. The large lilac-blue flowers are scented of cloves and appear from spring to early summer. The easiest of the Junos to grow in gardens that receive summer moisture... $10.00 each SOLD OUT
Iris magnifica - Tall to at least two feet and large in all its parts... palest violet blooms with a deep yellow patch surrounding the white beard. A very strong grower, worthy of its name. Bulbs $ 7.00 each
Oncocyclus Iris Section: Rhizomous Iris making some of the most beautiful flowers in the Genus. The pure species prefer no moisture during their long summer dormancy. Many are endangered in their Middle Eastern or Central Asian habitats....
Iris petrana - We now have available this very rare Onco species- A stunningly beautiful Iris from from southern Jordan: its color is unlike anything else - a deep reddish mahogany that in certain lights appears nearly black. Requires a totally dry summer rest... Only a few rhizomes available - $30.00 each SOLD OUT
We are also offering one Oncocyclus hybrid that is both a strong grower and quite dramatic in its coloring.... Esther the Queen was hybridized by Eugene Hunt circa 1967 and carries a remarkaby striking bloom: Standards are lilac-blue with deeper veining; falls are pale willow-green blended and veined with deep red; a black beard on the maroon signal patch punctuates this unique combination of colors. Rhizomes are $7.00 each - and provide an easy introduction to the class.
Reticulata Iris - Our offering here is a few small bulbs of Iris kolpakowskiana- This bulbous species from the Turkestan is exquisitely beautiful with purple/lilac/ white flowers with gold on the falls. Somewhat demanding in its culture. $15 each.
Iris laevigata Section: Iris albo-purpurea 'Colchesterensis' - Strong offsets of this lovely and somewhat whimsical Japanese water Iris... Large white blooms stippled with deep blue lines and dapples. Always spectacular in flower, and not hard to grow. $7.00 per rhizome fan.
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Bletilla hyacinthina "Soryu" - A charming selection of the hardy Chinese ground orchid, bearing unique lilac-blue miniature orchids. Fans of pleated foliage. A good grower in reasonably moist partial shade. A few tuberous roots at $7.00 each.
Ferraria ferrariola - One of the prettiest of this unusual South African genus... pale green & blue speckled & ruffled blooms. Unlike many other species in this genus - this has an appealing almond-like scent. Excellent in mild climates. Corms $5.00 each
Freesia viridis - Another rare South African bulb, with true green, small but fragrant flowers. in sprays. Must have a mellow Mediterranean climate. $4.00 per corm.
Gladiolus orchidiflorus - From the Cape Province of South Africa, this genuine rarity offers pale green and purple fragrant blooms... As the name indicates, having a diminuitive orchid-like shape. Requires skilled handling ...Few bulblets only - $15.00.
Lachenalia viridiflora - A favorite winter- bloomer that requires a really mild climate or cold frame/greenhouse culture. Unbelievably beautiful stalks of turquise blue/green flowers- Another gift to horticulture from the astonishing floral world of South Aftrica's Cape of Good Hope . Few corms only $10.00 each.
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