First new flowers of 2008

Jay Yourch
Tue, 08 Jan 2008 09:26:17 PST
Hi all,

My patch of Narcissus 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' had 5 flowers open as of yesterday evening and with the continued warmth forecast for this week I expect that many more will be open by the weekend. Narcissus 'February Gold' and Galanthus elwesii are usually the next in sequence, but I haven't inspected their progress recently.

There were flowers blooming in the garden on New Year's Day, on woody plants such as Camellia sasanqua, Prunus mume, and Rosmarinus officinalis, and on some bulbs such as Narcissus cantabricus and "Paperwhite" Narcissus, but they were leftovers from December and weren't new.

'Rijnveld's Early Sensation' is not a spectacular Narcissus, but it's very early and the flowers cope nicely with cold temperatures, so it's nice to have a patch somewhere in the garden to have something to enjoy when just about everything else is still dormant.

Here's a link to my pictures of 'Rijnveld's Early Sensation from last year:


Jay in central North Carolina

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