What's Growing

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:39:58 PST
Jim S wrote:
	The weather warmed up slightly over the weekend, so I poked 
around under

	Here it is more like 'What isn't growing'. We have had a long 
period of deep snow cover, followed by an odd 5 days of dense fog and 
only a few hours of sun in the past 2 or 3 weeks. The temps have not 
reached 50 for over a month. Dismal, dull and grey.

	By coincidence I saw a couple pictures taken in the garden of 
Crocus ancyrensis and Crocus sieberi 'Firefly' taken on this date , 
but exactly eight years ago. On this day, this year the crocus 
ancyrensis are just emerging, none even showing color and no sign of 
'Firefly' at all.

	The first Galanthus are showing color, but not much else. 
Some early Arum have the points of shoots showing, but they look 
obviously freeze damaged. I know they will recover.  Ipheion which 
try to be evergreen all winter are hanging on and look terrible. 
Again I know they put on more foliage and be fine.  Fall foliage 
Lycoris are looking surprisingly well because they were buried 
completely in snow. These include L radiata and L. houdyshelii. 
Maybe this snow protection will help them bloom better come late 

	All in all the garden is still very much on hold. even the 
witch hazel is just sitting there.

	We are all waiting for a week of sunshine and some moderate 
temps. ... and suffering slightly from cabin fever.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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