Myke Ashley-Cooper ashley.cooper@new.co.za
Fri, 10 Mar 2006 10:47:22 PST
That's pretty normal in South Africa as well! My American wife, Meryl, from Florida, always tells my that about December 21, the longest day of the year, is the start of summer and I am starting to believe her as it's hitting 40ÂșC many days lately here in March in the Western Cape - Tulbagh.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Angela and Dean Offer 
  To: Pacific Bulb Society 
  Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 7:06 AM
  Subject: Re: [pbs] Spring?

  In Western Australia the seasons seem very late this year, should have all
  the hot weather in January (mid summer) - now its Autumn we are getting the
  hot 40 degrees (100ish F)
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: "James Waddick" <jwaddick@kc.rr.com>
  To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
  Sent: Friday, March 10, 2006 3:41 AM
  Subject: [pbs] Spring?

  > Dear friends;
  > With more than a month to average last frost, the "spring'
  > garden has gone bonkers way ahead of schedule.
  > Within the last few days I have seen signs more typical or
  > April than of March  -and some actually began in Feb.!
  > Iris (Juno) 'Sindpers' opened its first flower and most other
  > Junos are up and a few show buds.
  > Daffodils- Not just the early ones like 'Rynveld's Early
  > Sensation ' (which was way earlier and got severely frosted) but
  > later ones like 'Ice Follies' and 'Gigantic Star' as well as
  > Campernelle and N obvallaris.
  > Drancuculusvulgaris is up and emerging from its sheaths .
  > Iris tigridia in flower (mid-end of April?) Reticulatas past peak.
  > Crocus almost all done except for big vernus cvs liike
  > Pickwick and such. The smaller earlier sieberi and Tommies are about
  > done already!
  > Cyclamen coum beyond peak-already. Anemone blanda starting up.
  > And tree, shrubs and herbaceous perennials are all budding up
  > and expanding like it is the end of April. This is seriously
  > dangerous as we are readily subject to temps down to the teens before
  > Mid April. We can have an odd snow in May! I just hope we don't get
  > the possible freeze damage ahead.
  > Our earliest Magnolia (M. zennii) has had all of its flowers
  > frozen and turned brown, too. This is about a 50/50 chance each year
  > at best.
  > Yesterday tied a record high of 78 degrees here. Hang on for
  > the ride - 100 degrees in June? May?
  > Best Jim W.
  > --
  > Dr. James W. Waddick
  > 8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
  > Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
  > USA
  > Ph.    816-746-1949
  > Zone 5 Record low -23F
  > Summer 100F +
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