what's blooming Winter solstice 2011

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Sat, 24 Dec 2011 08:04:40 PST

I checked on what was in bloom yesterday so this is not exactly 
winter solstice reporting. It's been unusually dry here too although 
we've had a bit more rain than the two California San Francisco Bay 
area reportings in December (enough to refill the barrels where we 
collect rain water so we have water for the pots.) It is rare for us 
to have to water this time of the year. The lack of rain means some 
things are blooming longer than they might most years. So some of 
these have been blooming a long time:
Freesia fucata, Romulea hallii, Cyclamen coum, C. hedifolium, C. 
cilicum, Narcissus cantabricus, Pelargonium echinatum, Oxalis 
luteola, O. purpurea, O. namaquana, O. versicolor, O. imbricata, O. 
glabra, Crocus asumanie, Crocus laevigatus 'Fontenayi', Ipheion (or 
Tristagma or whatever people are calling it) uniflorum, Moraea 
polystachya, Iris unguicularis, Dephinium nudicaule, D. luteum, 
Lachenalia rubida, Haemanthus albiflos, Cyrtanthus mackenii. My three 
favorite at the moment are Massonia pustulata, and in the greenhouse 
Haemanthus deformis and H. paucifolius. Gladiolus priorii should open 
today or tomorrow. One advantage of growing too much is that when the 
birds eat the leaves and flowers of some of the things you grow, they 
can't get to all of them so there are still things left.

Happy Holidays to all of you.

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers 

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