Weather and bulbs

Linda Foulis
Sun, 19 Mar 2006 20:15:04 PST

Our winter up here in Alberta was so mild as to be almost non-existent.
When I saw
a robin the other day I had to wonder if they had actually left.

Nothing showing any signs of growth except a doronicum, I was hoping that
some of the early
bulbs, crocus, muscari, frits, scilla would be showing something.  As I see
the spring thaw set in I now wonder if I'll have any bulbs at all.
We were told there were natural springs in the hill but really did not give
it much thought at the time.  I was hard pressed to get everything in the
ground from our move.  A large portion (almost all) of the bulbs went in
behind the retaining wall that starts the beginning of our hill and back
yard.  Actually our yard is somewhat similar to John Lonsdale's, in slope at
any rate.

As 'winter' progressed here, we could see the retaining wall being pushed
forward, it's only
landscaping ties and 4x4's holding back the entire yard.  And from the looks
of it, probably not done correctly in the first place. Looking for signs of
growth I'm instead greeted with standing water in a slew of mud.  The water
is dripping out between the stairs and the ties, it is almost a flow!  We
definitely have our work cut out for us taming this new yard.  I do fear for
my bulbs though, I wonder if anything will survive that muck?

Linda Foulis
Okotoks, AB
Zone 3   Foothills of the Rockies

Where I am anxiously waiting to see what has survived the first winter after
our move
and not having a clue where anything is!

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