Coping with Cold

Judy Glattstein
Tue, 01 Apr 2003 05:11:00 PST
Winter sent us a small reminder as March marched out that all was
not over. Temperatures in the mid 20s Fahrenheit and snow squalls.
The ground is still white today (1 April.) Interestingly, those tulips and
daffodils that are emerging in the garden are stiff but not limp. Those
pots of bulbs coaxed into recent bloom (slow forcing in unheated
garage with temperatures just above freezing) and now finished
with their performance - I'd put them outside the front door for
planting out and they are as limp as overcooked spaghetti. So
clearly the advanced growth that was somewhat sheltered is not
as able to cope as those bulbs now growing in a more timely

Allium 'Purple Sensation' is emerging in the garden, which I find
earlier than expected. Narcissus are hastening into bloom, making
up for lost time when under the icy snow - 'Dutch Master' (aka 'King
Alfred'), 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation', an unnamed pseudonarcissus t
type (petals cupped slightly forward) that was a rescue from a burned
out house, and dainty little 'Mustard Seed'. Galanthus are finishing,
Leucojum vernum ditto, Scilla mitschenkoana (why are name
changes always to something longer and more difficult to spell/ pronounce?),
Cyclamen coum, etc. Encouraging, on this snowy first of April.

Judy, in the Garden State

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