What's blooming

Sujit Hart sujithart@gmail.com
Wed, 22 Feb 2012 16:18:21 PST
I am new with this group. When you mention cold frame, what exactly are you
refering to? It seems all of you have one in your back yard.

On Wed, Feb 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM, Jim McKenney <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:

> The temperature tomorrow might be over 70 degrees F. Today it's over 60
> degrees F. Some snowdrops, after the longest mild weather snowdrop season I
> have ever experienced, are finally shriveling. I'm hoping this long mild
> season will translate into abundant seed set. Winter aconites, early
> crocuses (including Crocus reticulatus)  and reticulate irises are all
> blooming freely now. And yes, that iris purchased very inexpensively  as
> Vinogradov's iris is true to name: the first flower is opening today. The
> yellow is very pale, the sort of yellow seen in some butter. It seems to
> move at a much slower pace than the other reticulate irises here.  In one
> of the cold frames the clump of Iris lazica has twelve flowers open. They
> form a mass of blue about a foot across, a really beautiful sight at this
> time of year. I'm inclined to think that if it repeats this performance
> yearly, I'll come to value it as much as I do I. unguicularis.  Cyclamen
> coum, also in a
>  cold frame, is only now coming into bloom. I'm sure it had flower buds
> back in December, but the first flowers have opened only this week.
> Plants of Fritillaria thunbergii and F. persica are well out of the
> ground. I can count flower buds on some of the scapes of F. thunbergii.
> Whatever it is which has been browsing crocus foliage near this frit has
> so-far not touch the frit. Some early tulips show flower buds deep down in
> the emerging leaves.
> The buds of Asphodelus acaulis form a bright pink coronet at ground level.
> Early daffodils such as cyclamineus hybrids are blooming. There were
> reports of' Rijnveld's Early Sensation' blooming in the greater Washington,
> D.C. area back in December.
> Lawn weeds such as veronica, cardamine and dandelions are blooming.
> And here's a snowdrop story. Last week I spotted a snowdrop in the front
> lawn whose green markings, when viewed from a certain angle, reminded me of
> a man's face, a man with a big 1890s mustache. I decided to call it Mr.
> Mustache. I went out a few hours ago to photograph Mr Mustache: he's gone.
>  Somebody snatched him. I hope there are enough leaves left to keep the
> bulb strong so Mr. Mustache can make another appearance next year. A bit
> before I discovered that Mr. Mustache was gone I nearly fell over or
> twisted my ankle after stepping into a hidden, leaf filled hole in a place
> where I have never dug one. Someone has evidently lifted a plant.
> The three Cyclamen persicum plants mentioned in earlier posts are doing
> very well. As I approached the front door earlier today the area was sweet
> with their fragrance. And I noticed something about that fragrance today
> which I had never noticed: it's sweet to be sure, but it also has a
> noticeable caraway seed quality. It must be wonderful to wander the
> countryside in areas here these grow wild.
> So far no peepers or wood frogs, but if the mild temperatures hold out
> through a rainy period, they are sure to start up.
> Should I start to sow seeds of hardy annuals? It's hard to know what to do
> in a year like this.
> Jim McKenney
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