RARE BULB NURSERY. LATVIA
by Dr. Janis Ruksans & Liga Popova

Jānis - Sunday, 23 July 2017 06:03

Passed very long time since my last entry. Far too busy to inform about everydays novelties. Now I finished despatching of orders. Bulbs in general were good, only I would like that crocus and fritillaria corms to be larger, but we can't stay against difficult climate conditions, at least corms were healthy and we got no one complaint from our customers.

Unfortunately for me working in garden becomes more and morer difficult, I can't work on knees more and when I harvested bulbs planted on ground level I did this laying flat on ground, so new raised beds were urgently needed and in future all bulbs will be grown only in pots. Due limited place I strongly decided - not more than 4 pots from sample/taxa/cultivar.

Now parallely with repotting are going building of new raised beds. Hope that next week they will be ready (see attached picture). The first of new one beds now are almost half-filled with windflowers (Anemone nemorosa and ranunculoides) cultivars, eranthis. Tomorrow will start repotting of Erythroniums and after that will follow frits. Then again will return to crocuses and parallely will pot Corydalis. Some of crocuses already has long shoots, so autumn blooming is not far.

When new raised beds will be finished it will be possible to place in greenhouse around 7000 pots.

Jānis - Sunday, 26 February 2017 10:15

Finally my new book is on my table. Today I started packing of it for sponsors and pre-printing orders. It looks really great!

 

Jānis - Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:57

Shocking news for me.  Tomorrow I planned go to Riga to pick up first copies of my book and some minutes ago got call from Printing House that binding machine broke, around 100 copies are damaged and all process stopped up to 27-28 of February, because damage is very serious and must come specialists from producer of machine from Japan.
If I will not receive book on 28th - I decided to cancel contract and will go to another printer. Most likely I will loose prepayment and another company will be more expensive, but I really tired from all those delays and "excuses" - no such paper in Latvia, line waiting to the best printing machine etc. etc.
Most pity, that I deceived you and now left only apologize to all my sponsors and customers of book. Sorry, friends. But you didn't lost your money!!! Book will be printed in any case even if I would be forced to mortgage all my property.

Jānis - Tuesday, 14 February 2017 12:36

Today opened Crocus beds from winter cover and first crocuses in few hours opened their flowers. From top - Crocus fauseri, henriki, munzurense, pseudonubigena, gembosii x mawii, sozenii.

 

Jānis - Monday, 13 February 2017 17:59

Yesterday I opened my new offer for 2017. The replies were so abundant than never before. During one day I got almost 30 orders. All the day I "polished" my home-page - corrected spelling mistakes, corrected some pictures, some item numbers. The first orders showed some faults and those were corrected, too, But the first customers don't must vorry - all ordered items were registered according your wishes.

Today started binding process of my book, too. It means that may be this weekend I will start with its packing and posting.

As you can see - no more possibilities to enter your comments/questions on Garden News pages. It was due horrible ammount of spams everyday appearing here. Today again were attempts to enter fake-advertisements here - but without success. If you have some questions - please ask me by e-mail.

 

Jānis - Monday, 16 January 2017 16:17

Few minutes ago my new Crocus book's page layout was forwarded to printing company. They promissed to finish printing during 2 weeks and then I will start despatching of book to all my sponsors and those who already sent orders. I want to remind that books format is A-4, size 568 pages and are included more than 1700 colour pictures covering 235 species recognised before 1st December, 2016. Books price (including postage) is 65,- Euro for Europe and 70,- Euro for out of Europe.

Jānis - Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:00

Next week my CROCUS book is going to printer. Now I'm making last reading of proofs, looking for wrong dots, comma etc. Sorry, only after finishing with book will start with new catalogue.

Jānis - Tuesday, 03 January 2017 05:58

Now I'm growing those only under cover, but many Iranians I saw paerfectly growing on open field in Gatersleben (Germany) Institute of Plant Genetics. So you can try. Some Central Asians grew outside very well, too. Most important is good drainage. I grew Iranian A. brachyphilum for 20 years in outside garden, although in nature it grows on sunbaked nude slopes of small stone chips, getting very hot and dry conditions in summer. Of course I always harvested them at end of vegetation and kept in bulb shed during summer. Lost only when planted them on new spot which turned waterloged in winter...

Philipp - Monday, 02 January 2017 19:21

Dear Janis,

I was wondering if the following Iranian Allium species just survive under glass or if they even accept some rain in summer in the garden. 

Allium derderianum

Allium elburzense 

 

All the best from Berlin

Philipp

Jānis - Friday, 25 November 2016 17:41

The work on books layout is almost finished. I just counted - the 235 species included (one new described in the book) are ilustrated with almost 1700 colour pictures and 232 distribution maps.

Still left to make page layouts for general part, keys and appendixes and to select pictures for the first part - general information.

Almost every one to whom I turned asking for permittion to use their pictures or to supply me with some, replied with - yes (with only one exception) so almost all species are well illustrated. Only those which I never saw in nature and never grew by myself or by my friends, left without pictures. Such are not many.

I just made agreement with printing house that they will start to work with printing 2nd of January, 2017. I deceided to start this a little later to avoid pre-Christmas chaos when every printing house is extremely occupied with New Year's calendars, greeting cards etc. The January is the most quiet month, so all attention will go to my book.

I apologise to those who hoped to receive it as Christmas gift, sorry. But I prefaired top quality without rush. So I hope to post book at end of January.

Jānis - Monday, 05 September 2016 16:42

Today I got so many greetings for my birthday, that I must to hire the special person to reply everyone individually, so I use my homepage to express my greatest thanks to everyone who remembered about my 70.

In same time I want inform you that interest about my new Crocus book is very great and if sponsoring will continue on same speed and amount (most for 100-200,- Euros, several 500,- Eu donations and two for even 1000,- Euro) I hope to publish book for Christmas.

Many thanks to everyone!

Janis

Jānis - Monday, 29 August 2016 07:02

Now I finished work on the manuscript of a new crocus book - The World of Crocuses. It is a résumé of my 50 years of work with Crocus, my researches on them in the wild and in the garden and it will be dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Latvian State, which will be celebrated in2018.

The new book will include chapters with general information and cultivation of crocuses, their morphology and keys for all species recognised at the moment of completion of the manuscript. The greatest part is dedicated to detailed information of the (in excess of) 230 known species of crocuses with details about their requirements in cultivation according to my experience. Almost all species (with very, very few exceptions) are supplied with distribution maps, richly illustrated with pictures from wild and cultivation. This new book will be more than 500 pages long and will include more than 1500 colour pictures. The species are arranged in alphabetical order, making it easy to find them without special searching by Index.

 The significance of this new book has been appreciated by Latvian Academy of Sciences and it will be published by the Academy. Publishing costs are quite high and the Latvian Academy is short of finances, so money to cover printing costs must be raised by myself. I can partly cover those from my savings, but I’m still short of 15,000 Euros.

 So:

Everyone who will donate at least 50 Euros (plus postage costs for delivery - 15,- Euro for Europe, 20,- for overseas) for the printing of this Monograph (more will be specially appreciated!) will receive a free copy of book, with the personally addressed signature of author. Everyone who will donate at least 500 Euros will be mentioned in the book’s Acknowledgments chapter with full information about donors, according to their wishes and will receive three signed copies without any additional payments.

To receive detailed information about sponsoring the project, please write to me via e-mail: janis.bulb@hawk.lv and you can see sample pages in internet Journal of Scottish Rock Garden Club - International Rock Gardening - opening link http://www.srgc.org.uk/logs/logdir/2016Aug251472126130IRG_August_80.pdf

Please consider getting involved with this project!

Many thanks!

Janis

Jānis - Friday, 19 August 2016 08:13

Yesterday I finished with book-keeping and sent out invoices for still unpaid orders. We now started replanting and most of Colchicums and all Biarums, Eminiums are back in ground now. Tomorrow will go autumn blooming crocuses and we will start posting of inland orders.

Peonies in general will be posted starting from next week and in first week of September. They still remain under supervision of Liga but small bulbs are now back in my hands. I almost finished manuscript of new book and now I have more free time for bulbs.

In pots started blooming the first autumn crocuses - this year - Crocus suworovianus. Still are blooming Acis and few autumn cyclamens grown by me.

Peter - Sunday, 03 July 2016 09:55

Hi,

 

i would be interested in paeonia wendelboi and also the hybrid wendelboi X mlokosewitchii when and if you have that.

 

Kind regards

 

Peter Lunding

Jānis - Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:25

Hello, Peter!

Yes, we have them.

You should fill the ordering form ( you can find in catalogue wendelboi X mlokosewitchii hybrid) and at notes please leave message that you want p.wendelboi too.

 

 

Jānis - Wednesday, 22 June 2016 18:16

Last night was summer solstice. We celebrated it together with folk group at bonfire starting with last rays of sun up to sunrise this morning. All the time we were singing folk-songs from pagan times greating sun, moon, garden crops etc. etc and dancing folk dances under music of old strings, bagpipes. It is named Janis day, although by nowadays calendar it will be only night between 23rd and 24th of June, but we celebrated it by nature calendar. In Latvia they still are holydays and there are maid special beer and special cheese - named Janis cheese. On picture Janis cheese prepared for me by my wife Guna.

Janis

Jānis - Thursday, 16 June 2016 18:33

imageLast Sunday we had "Peony Sunday" in our nursery with more than 600 visitors. We were very tired, but happy, too, for great interest. Janis lectured about wild peonies, there were concerto with songs about flowers where as artists were our granddaughter Paula with her friends, another lecture about peonies in cosmetic performed by Guna's eldest daughter Una etc. You can see some pictures from this wonderful day. There was small exhibition of peonies (in case if outside would be rainy weather), wonderfully bloomed waterlilies - we have around 80 varieties.

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Līga - Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:37

Peonia species at field right now..

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Līga - Tuesday, 17 May 2016 13:30

some anemone photo:

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Līga - Thursday, 12 May 2016 10:22

Spring has came very fast at Latvia. We have very warm wheather and a lot more job to do. So some photos- outside is narcisus blooming time, inside greenhouses alliums, geranium, trilliums, paeonia etc. Close ups: Paeonia ruprechtiana (it is first at outside field) and  P.wendelboi, P.rockii, P.tenuifolia (from Crimea).

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Līga - Monday, 02 May 2016 16:24

At tulips blooming time there are no free time. So ,,little helpers,, came to help. It`s not my oldest daughters Paula time at flower pick-of time.

Līga - Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:52

Crocus sublimis at field. Bees and bumblebees are happy.

Liga - Tuesday, 26 April 2016 19:40

In our place still is Ice Age. Last night was +0,05 degrees. Nearby neighbors gardeners was snow 10 cm high. So I have some photos from garden and greenhouse from last week.

Keep in touch..

Chionodoxa gigantea, Corydalis glaucecens Early Beauty, Corydalis uniflora , Corydalis wendelboi white form

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Liga - Tuesday, 26 April 2016 09:45

Fritillaria macedonica, yuminensis,hupehensis, tortifolia

 

Liga - Friday, 22 April 2016 06:41

At spring gardeners time is flying.Everywhere Im looking is work work work...So the most time we are now outside not at computer. Today is raining- so here are few photos from our nursery at now.

Most marvelous view now are tulips. So bright! Names from left:

tulipa `Rīgas Barikādes`Fritillaria tortifolia from China , Iris orchoides x vicaria, Muscari armeniacum very beautiful form, Anemone nemorosa `Ice and Fire` , one more ,,treasure,, is white paeonia from Iran, and our finding at local forest is hepatica nobilis unbelievable form. 

 

Bertil Larsson - Thursday, 14 April 2016 09:22

My garden is just marvellios today with all Corydalis solida in all variatins mostly comes from you especially the Penza strain has given many blue shadows.