Bulbs in the snow

Dell Sherk dells@voicenet.com
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 12:19:31 PST
	At the same time, here in SE Pennsylvania, our temperature is
threatening to reach 80F today. That should do a thorough job of shortening
the lives of my crocuses. The C. chrysanthus and tommasinianus are in full
bloom along with Iris reticulata. Galanthus elwesii is almost done, and
Eranthis hyemalis basically gone. I am planning a visit to Longwood Gardens
tomorrow to see the early bulbs - I fear I have missed them. Well, the
clivias should be good.

Best regards,

-----Original Message-----
From: pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org [mailto:pbs-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org]
On Behalf Of Lee Poulsen
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 2:53 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Bulbs in the snow

On Mar 12, 2006, at 6:07 PM, Susan Hayek wrote:

>> woody plants had survived the recent freeze, and someone sitting near 
>> me
>> commented that he had no right to say that so soon after the freeze. 
>> Quite
>> right! It takes a while to see the real results of low temperature in
>> winter. I am not counting my hebes until I see them next July.
> **heheheheheh.
> My species fuchsias are looking pretty sad, same with my tall 
> impatiens.
> The cannas and colocasia are down to the ground and even my tree
> dahlias got frozen pretty badly.
> I slipped out on the cold nights and covered the Lachenalias with
> towels, most of them are looking good.

This is the coldest it has been all winter. This is more typical of 
January cold weather. The weather service says the last time it got 
this cold this late in the year in California was back in 1896. A few 
leaves on my bananas got radiation frosted and look dead, but none of 
the bulbs show any sign that they minded the weather even though we 
have had frost on the lawn and the cars every morning for the past few 
days. (The air temperature was only in the mid- to high-30s °F at 

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a

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