Lithuanian Rare Bulb Garden by Leonid Bondarenko

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My garden

  Hello! I am Leonid Bondarenko.

   My old garden, where I started growing flowers long time ago, is situated near Vilnius town, Republic of Lithuania. Once the Garden was a place where I planted the main part of my collection. Now I use this name in the Internet name as a symbol and sign of respect for this point where everything began.

   The basic part of my collection was formed with wild plants collected in expedition in The Caucasus and mountain regions of Central Asia: Allium, Colchicum, Fritillaria, Iris. It has pre-determined priorities of my garden work for many years. Now I grow bulbous and tuberous plants got from many sources of different regions of the world.

   The principal rule of my work is the growing of bulbs in outdoors mainly, even they were native from places with natural conditions very distinguished from our ones. The moving of wild plants (or plants received from my foreign colleagues) to my garden is a first step only on a very long way of adaptation. I sell extremely rarely plants collected in wild. Always I try to grow one or more garden seed generations. Sometimes at time of flowering come 5-10 % of seedlings, but these plants tested and selected by the nature self grow much better in our climate condition. The best seedlings I use for clone creation and in the end, these clones form my collection and can be put on sail. So I could formulate shortly my conception: "I do not create a special condition for plants, but try to transform plants for our climate condition". If a plant has not a biological reserve for such transformation - I use a crossing trying to get hybrids with unique signs of the plant but grown and propagated well in our land. Sometimes hybrids have new not prognosticated merits.

   This year the transformation of the climate shown itself in Lithuania in a very radical form. All spring we was seeing blue sky and sunny days and possible for people living and working in towns it was a nice prognosis but for farmers it was a true catastrophe. Every night came ice cold and came the moment of trial for my plants. I have even calculated that we have near 70 night frosts. Warm weather visit us month later than ever and long time I was not sure that I could offer this year bulbs on sail. Fortunately, now the plants looks more or less well and I have taken a decision to start my selling although I make it later comparing with last years. My offer list is shorter because of named reason and many other big and small ones.

   Pandemic has stopped my botanical trips and my job was concentrated in my garden. Many plants collected in last years are waiting still my attention and investigation. I am not able identify some plants with 100 percent of sure. Sometime even consultation with specialists can not help me, because every expedition brings unexpected finds not described before.

   Testing of hybrids and selecting of varieties is other sphere of my garden job. Of course, constant handwork as an integral part of my business takes my efforts and my time every day.

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