Blooming in my garden

Kathy Stokmanis
Fri, 21 Jan 2005 08:44:20 PST
Massonia pustulata has bloomed in an unprotected pot outdoors for the past four weeks.  This is my first Massonia and I love the odd bloom and leaves.  One red double Anemone coronaria has been in bloom since December.  It is in a large, shallow wood planter that gets regular summer water and intense heat but the Anemones have not rotted and come back year after year.  Narcissus cantabricius ssp. cantabricius has been lighting up my garden in an outdoor pot since the middle of December.  This was obtained from the BX last year (thank you, Mary Sue).  It is very floriferous and seems to be making offsets.  I have one Hemerocallis that sent up a scape in November and has been struggling to open for the past week.  Of course, Narcissus 'Ziva' has been in bloom for months in the garden.  The cool weather has been excellent for prolonging bloom.  Many crocus, iris reticulata, narcissus and freesia are lush and will soon bloom.  I know the Anemone is early but my experience with the others is too limited to know what is normal.  We have had a few light frosts but the ground has not frozen. Thirty-two inches of rain so far, eight inches above normal with half the rainy season still to go.  

Kathy Stokmanis
N. CA, Sierra foothills, Sunset zone 7 but more like 8 or 9.  Wet, mild winters, prolonged dry, very hot summers.

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