I have snowdrops blooming, about a month later than normal, and my Cyclamen coum are just now starting to flower in the greenhouse - again about a month later than normal. Then again, I have a crazy C. purpurascens which has been blooming since August. Robin Hansen Nursery email@example.com ----- Original Message ----- From: Jane McGary To: Pacific Bulb Society Sent: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 10:24 AM Subject: Re: [pbs] What's blooming week of 16 January This probably ought to be "What's not blooming this week." Early January is usually snowdrop (Galanthus) time in the Pacific Northwest, but at our NARGS chapter meeting last night several bulb enthusoiasts reported that the snowdrops are barely breaking ground. This I found a relief, since the same is true in my new garden, where I'm still waiting to see if the plants that used to grow well in the old garden will continue here. We thought that the unusually dry fall weather (part of the same pattern Mary Sue Ittner reported on the northern California coast) might have something to do with it, since few of us irrigate the garden after September. I haven't been out to the old garden in more than a month (the house and acres are still on the market, held down by a caretaking couple), so I don't know what's happening there, but since today it's probably under a foot of snow, I think I'll wait a week. Here in the banana belt we had a couple of inches of snow last night but it's melting fast this morning. In my bulb house Narcissus cantabricus and N. romieuxii forms are in full bloom, along with a few little Colchicum species and the first winter crocus, C. michelsonii (a beautiful flower). By this time, though, I'd expect to see some more early bloomers, particularly Iris stenophylla and perhaps some of the reticulata iris species, but these have emerged just a centimeter or so above the gravel mulch. The raised beds that have replaced the hundreds of clay pots are full of incipient foliage and buds, though, and it will be interesting to see how the bulbs have responded to their second growing season in freedom. Jane McGary Portland, Oregon, USA _______________________________________________ pbs mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://pacificbulbsociety.org/list.php http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/ ----- No virus found in this message. Checked by AVG - http://www.avg.com/ Version: 10.0.1392 / Virus Database: 1520/3943 - Release Date: 10/07/11 Internal Virus Database is out of date.