What's in bloom during these last days of December 2005

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Mon, 26 Dec 2005 08:45:06 PST
After an early- and mid-December which were atypically cold, we're having a
bit of spring now. And there are some plants which are taking advantage of
the mild weather.

Out in the garden, Crocus nudiflorus is trying to bloom again.

Near a sheltered wall, Crocus hermoneus, C. goulimyi, C. longiflorus, C.
ochroleucus, C. biflorus melantherus and Colchicum kesselringii are all in
advanced bud and waiting for the sun to come out. 

In a cold frame, Sternbergia lutea small form and Sternbergia  sicula graeca
have been in bloom for the last month. The flowers last and last. 

Oddly, neither Crocus imperati nor C. laevigatus has buds up. 

Those of you who know Jane McGary's lists will recognize these names.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where winter has yet to take
a deep bite. 

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