Maryland update

Jim McKenney
Wed, 14 Mar 2007 11:17:01 PDT
Last night, deer got into the garden and had their way with many plants.
They took a big chomp out of the side of the huge Eremurus sprout which is
the size of my fist and several inches out of the ground. They did not get
the central portion of the sprout, so the inflorescence, if there is one, is
probably safe. Since Eremurus are said not to be grazed in the wild, our
local deer have some learning to do. Some clumping Dianthus were pulled out
the ground completely and deposited on the neighbor's driveway. Emerging
tulip foliage was cropped here and there. 

They came within a few feet of the protected coldframe. 

They ate some plants in another, unprotected cold frame out in the garden.
Shibateranthis/Eranthis pinnatifida is not quite in bloom here yet. The
flowers it had much earlier in the year disappeared; new ones seem to be
coming up in their place. Eranthis hyemalis are nearing the end for this
year and E. cilicica has not yet appeared. 

In the protected cold frame Dichelostemma capitatum has budded stems well on
the way up. Narcissus of the romieuxii persuasion are blooming, as are
Oxalis 'Garnet', Ornithogalum balansae and several Fritllaria including F.

A very beautiful seedling crocus has appeared in the lawn here. It's got the
typical tommy colors and shape, but is much larger than tommies. And the
contrast between the silvery outside and the very rich amethyst inside is
very beautiful. Garden crocuses are also beginning to bloom. I like all of
these very much. 

Leucojum vernum  carpathicum opened here yesterday. That seems late to me.
This growns in an unprotected site out in the garden.

I went out and photographed Symplocarpus yesterday. Most of the spathes were
a bit past their prime. I searched carefully for seeds, but found only two,
both germinated. These plants grow in a flood plain and so the seeds
probably get washed away quickly. Back in the garden, the Lysichiton are
poking up, testing the waters - or in this case, air - I guess. 

Air temperatures today topped 80º F; the sun is uncomfortably hot on the
skin today. Magnolia stellata has started to bloom again. Thundershowers are
predicted for this afternoon with overnight lows in the 50s F. And snow
showers are predicted for the weekend. So we're still on the roller coaster.
Worst case scenario: it will fry the snowdrops today and freeze the
magnolias this weekend. 

I’m seeing bees in numbers in the garden now for the first time in years. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where the blue flowered Roman
hyacinth is sweetly in bloom. 

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