bulbs all blooming in mass

Kathy Stokmanis vikingdoc@earthlink.net
Sun, 02 Apr 2006 17:25:56 PDT
This water year we have had  double the usual rainfall for this area--almost 90 inches.  Ten degrees above normal in February, 10 degrees below normal in March.  Many of my bulbs in the ground displayed their first blooms in my garden last spring and were very consistent, providing lovely masses of color.  This year bloom has been more sporadic, with some flowers in a clump already finished while others have yet to bloom, providing support for replanting every year in public gardens where such things matter.  Some varieties seem more prone to this behavior than others and I like the prolonged display.  In addition, the almost constant rain, mist and/or hail have turned some blooms into mush while others have been very resistant and have held up well.  Do the Dutch plant their most resistant, toughest varieties to maintain the display?  The most weather resistant bulbs in my garden have been Anemone blanda and Anemone de Caen.  The Hellebore hybrids are untouched as well.

Zone 8/9, Northern California,  wet, mild winters, long hot dry summers.  Lachenalia, Anemone, Narcissus, Hyacinth, Scilla, Chionodoxa, Muscari are in bloom outside and last a very long time in our unseasonably cool spring weather, currently 51 degrees F.

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