Narcissus 'February Gold'

Jim McKenney
Thu, 22 Mar 2007 08:04:18 PDT
Jay Yourch, in a posting dated  02/16/07, mentioned in passing that
Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ was starting to bloom in his North Carolina garden. 

This was a bit of a revelation to me, because Jay and I are both nominally
in zone 7. Furthermore, I believe that it has occasionally gotten much
colder in that area than it has ever during my lifetime here in the greater
Washington, D.C. area. I think I’ve read that the temperature in the
Raleigh/Durham area have been known to drop to -5ºF or lower on occasion. 

Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ has finally come into bloom here in my neighborhood,
a full month later than the plants mentioned by Jay. 

Obviously there is a lot more to winter than low temperatures. A friend who
gardens in nearby zone 6 -  on a site which slopes into the south east -
regularly reports earlier bloom for some plants than I observe in my own

Jim Waddick recently mentioned several items which were blooming in his zone
5 Missouri garden: some of those same items are just starting to open for me

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where my 40+ year old Iris
reticulata is blooming today. 

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