Chionodoxa help

Jim McKenney
Tue, 08 Apr 2008 08:59:59 PDT
No Scilla/Chionodoxa photos today. And contrary to what I said in a previous
post, they are not holding up well. Instead, they are looking water-stained,
bloated and bleached. 


I overheard a tv weather report last night which said our temperatures this
week are running 20 degrees below normal. No sun, wet and cold: can this be
Maryland in April? 


A small planting of tulips of the pulchella group is full of plants in
advanced bud (some were open before the curtain was pulled over the sun). I
took a look at them today and they are full of botrytis: the petals are
splotched with necrotic spots. 


And something is eating the arilate irises: slugs? I don't see slime trails,
so I'm not sure. Is there some other early riser which eats irises? 


A startling event yesterday afternoon gave me a real thrill. I stepped out
of the house and absentmindedly focused on the edge of the pool. A four foot
high tower of a bird suddenly ballooned into a blur of silver, gray and blue
and flapped away revealing a huge wingspan. It was of course a great blue
heron, a relatively common bird in this area. Usually they are so shy that
one does not get close to them before they fly. To see such a huge bird in a
tiny back yard garden really puts their size into perspective. Its wingspan
was so wide that there was hardly room for it to flap without hitting



Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone

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