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Fawn Lily, Erythronium

Along with Sunday’s landscape architecture tour this weekend, my favorite native plant event of the year — the native plant sale at Tilden — is happening on Saturday. At this point I rarely buy more than a plant or two, but I like seeing everyone lining up before the start of the sale and the mad rush to the rarest plants, and of course the garden itself is amazing this time of year.

Fawn Lilies, Erythronium sp

Fawn Lily, Erythronium

The one thing on my wish list is seed of an Erythronium species. I’ve been admiring them for a while, but have never grown one and haven’t seen them in gardens much. The Pacific Bulb Society webpage makes them sound like they grow similarly to the native Leopard Lilies — slow, easy, likes good soil, and worth the wait. I would love to have a big patch of these.

Fawn Lily, Erythronium

At past years we’ve worked as volunteers and had longer wish lists of plants, but this year Anita and I will just be spectators. After years of watching the frenzied native plant shopping at the sale, last year I noticed that the alders in the middle of the sale area were watching it, too.

Alders Have Eyes

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3 Responses to “Tilden”

  1. April 20th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Bernieh says:

    The Erythorniums are spectacular. Love the form. The Alder eyes, on the other hand, are a little spooky! Enjoy your weekend.

  2. April 20th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Scott Weber says:

    Lovely post…I ADORE Erythroniums…ever since I first saw them at the Leach Botanical Gardens a few years ago. Would love to have a patch of them someday.

  3. April 21st, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    James says:

    Erythroniums look like they’re from a totally different California than we are down here. Glancing at at their natural distributions I wonder if they’d be happy this side of the great north/south divide. Stunning plants, tho!

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