Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, and Tubers

Lily - It's a bright yellow that I couldn't capture.

Bulbs are a reliable part of my garden. The lily in the image to the right was a surprise to me this year. Do I remember planting it? Nope. Did I do anything to take care of it last year? I don’t recall. Did I even remember that it was there? Nope. And yet, it popped up and is blooming its little heart out.


Another bulb that I always forget about is the jonquil (image to the left). Hm. Well, I’m pretty sure it was named a “jonquil” when I bought it, but it appears that I am mistaken because it doesn’t have multiple flower heads on one stem. OTOH, perhaps it is a species daffodil then it could be called a jonquil. Or maybe it’s a miniature daffodil. Or maybe it’s a minature, species daffodil. Oh, who cares! Let it be know that I am calling this darling little daffodil that doesn’t spread much a jonquil; so there.

I think my favorite is freesia. It does fabulous in Livermore. It has naturalized and spread. It is pretty and smells good.

FreesiaFreesiaFreesia & Thalia in the front yardFreesia - a really fabulous bulb for Sunset zone 14.

Thalia is lovely this year.

Thalia, on the left, is lovely this year. I don’t think I’ve appreciated it as much in previous years. Thalia is a white daffodil. Over the last 15 years, it has spread to 2 clumps, so it is not a prolific as the freesia, but it has naturalized.


And, lastly, we have sparaxis (on the right). When they first came up, these bulbs produced red flowers and white flowers. The white ones have slowly been diminishing; they have not spread from the location where I planted them. The red ones however must propogate by seed as well as bulb. They have spread, in a nice way, not an invasive way, to another bed.