totototo@telus.net totototo@telus.net
Fri, 13 Feb 2009 16:20:59 PST
On 12 Feb 2009, at 16:58, Dell Sherk wrote:

> Here in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA, Zone 6/7, I have sighted two
> Galanthus sp? flowers and one Eranthis hiemalis. Any sign of spring at this
> time is welcome! 

The earliest flowering clumps among the eranthis here are starting to go over; 
the flowers develop a brownish coloration and lose their get up and go.

Lots of snowdrops and Cyclamen coum, though the latter seem not to be as 
numerous as in the past. I suspect they need a fairly high light level, at 
least in spring, and I'd let some trees and shrubs grow and throw too deep a 
shade over them.

As for when spring arrives, Feb 14 is the magic date here. By then, if we 
haven't had seriously cold weather, we are unlikely to get it.

I'm busy preparing seed for sowing, and organizing flats of pots pre-filled 
with suitable soil mixes. First time in some years I've done any serious seed 

Another data point: Chaenomeles 'Rinho' (usually called 'Contorta') is not in 
flower yet and it's the earliest flowering quince I have. It has been a chilly 
winter, though not desperately cold except for a couple of weeks in late 
December. But Lonicera x standishii is modestly in flower.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island


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