Iris unguicularis et al.

Jim McKenney
Thu, 19 Nov 2009 13:45:49 PST
Iris unguicularis has started to bloom here in the greater Washington, D.C.


Earlier this week a friend reported that her plant had one open flower and
two spent flowers which she had missed earlier. 


The plant I have here opened its first flower today. If the past is prelude,
it will be in bloom off and on for the next five months. 


Three daffodils have budded scapes on the way up: Narcissus albidus
foliosus,  Narcissus tazetta and N. bulbocodium pallidus.  These grow in the
protected cold frame (which has not yet been closed against weather so far).


My Thanksgiving snow drop is also blooming today, a week early. This is a
selection made here from snowdrops (nominally Galanthus elwesii) in the


The florist’s  version of Cyclamen persicum is appearing in the shops now.
Every year the same thing happens: the shop keepers evidently know nothing
about the care of this plant, they forget to water them and they overheat
them. As a result, there are plenty of plants which quickly become shop worn
and are put out at a steep discount. The other day I bought one for $1.50;
after pulling off a few leaves and spent flowers and giving it a good
watering and a brief vacation outside in the seasonably cool weather, I now
have a handsome plant with plenty of flowers and the potential to bloom for
the next four months.  


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7, where autumn camellias are blooming and  the shrub Elaeagnus pungens is
filling the garden with its sweet scent. 

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