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Sea squill is an unusual fall-blooming bulb that offers gigantic flower spikes in September and October. It thrives in dry gardens and partial shade. The huge bulbs can weigh several pounds.

Best of SacConnect blogs: bambooandmore.info

Published: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013 - 6:54 pm

The Sacramento Bee hosts a network of high-quality news providers and bloggers in the Sacramento region. Here is a sampling of the best of the current Home & Garden blogs. Check out the full postings:

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•  Davis gardener-blogger Gerhard Bock, author of Bamboo, Succulents and More, spent an afternoon exploring a local treasure — the UC Davis Arboretum — then found an unexpected source for an exotic fall flower:

“I spent a couple of hours exploring the Ruth Risdon Storer Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum and I spotted several clumps of sea squill. Sea squill, also known as giant squill or sea onion, is a Mediterranean bulb of impressive size — up 12 inches wide at maturity. Eventually it splits in two, and over the years you end up with a large clump just like the ones at the UC Davis Arboretum. ...

“After my (blog) post, I got an excited email from fellow Davis gardener Sue: The Home Depot in nearby Woodland is selling sea squill bulbs! ... Sold individually in yellow net bags, they’re priced at $15.98. Not cheap, but the sign at Home Depot said that these bulbs are 10-plus years old. The size is truly impressive. My bulb (yes, of course I bought one) is 7 inches wide and 8 inches long and weighs in at 5.8 pounds.”

Read more and see photos at: www.bambooandmore.info



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