celebrating the solstice

Dennis Kramb dkramb@badbear.com
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:27:15 PST
Iris cretensis is one of my all-time faves.  I've had it for about 15 years
now, and I've had it bloom many-a-time on Christmas Day some years, and New
Years Day in other years.  It will pretty much bloom whenever there is a
warm spell in the 50's & 60's during winter.  Oh, by the way, I grow mine
outdoors unprotected year-round.

Dennis in Cincinnati

On Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 5:13 PM, Jim McKenney <jamesamckenney@verizon.net>wrote:

> Temperatures here in the greater Washington, D.C. area were in the upper
> sixties F today - a few warm spots probably topped seventy. A quick look
> through the garden turned up a few snowdrops blooming here and there and in
> one of the cold frames a Cyclamen persicum and an Iris unguicularis. In
> another cold frame little Iris cretensis is blooming too. Iris lazica grows
> in the same frame and has not started to bloom yet. In an opwn space
> between the two cold frames, my longest established Iris unguicularis is
> also blooming. In my community garden plots about a mile from home I
> noticed yesterday that a plant of Crocus ochroleucus was more or less in
> bloom.
> On a windowsill inside the house two plants of white hoop petticoat
> daffodils were blooming for about two weeks (I keep the house cold). The
> names are different, but they look alike to me. These will go out into the
> cold frames soon.
> A handsome male robin stopped by today and chirped for me for a few
> minutes - I took the hint and threw him some raisins.
> The next drop into the below freezing range is predicted to occur on
> Wednesday morning, just in time to put the Christmas list in doubt.
> Jim McKenney
> Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where on a day like this
> it's easy to spend a lot of time examining the foliage of the seedling
> cyclamen in the unprotected frames.
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