This almost unknown April to October flowering bulb is most suited to town gardens for it is completely tolerant of a barren, sooty soil and is perfectly hardy. Why it is not more widely grown remains a mystery for the bulbs are very cheap and so may be planted in drifts where more fastidious flowers would achieve little.


Though it will bloom in almost any well-drained soil, it will flower even better where it is given some humus, either peat or spent hops. The bulbs should be planted 3 in. deep in late August in a position which is not devoid of some sunshine. The great value of these plants is that they will bloom continuously during periods of sunshine from early April until well into autumn and should be planted in all the odd corners which may be left undisturbed as the years pass by. During the dull weather the blooms close up.


Tritelia unifiora. Bears its pale flushed blue narcissus-like flowers on 6-in. stems. The petals are divided by a purple stripe which continues right down the small tube of the bloom. Hails from South America and favours a dry, sandy soil, but is so accommodating that it will flower well in a clay soil.

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