Blooming now/Weather changes

Donald Barnett
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 20:47:52 PST
Bulb status in Las Vegas, NV

I went out for a hike today to red rock canyon conservationa area.
Calochortus flexuosus, C. striata and blue dicks are starting reappear after
winter dormancy.

Last week, I was also in Beatty, NV (West of Death Valley). The Calochortus
flexuosus were starting to come up there even though it thunder-snowed on
us, a little.

The mojave recieved high amounts of snow this winter and las vegas had a
wetter than average december. The Wildflower season is looking to be a good
one so far. The first wildflowers were seen last week (Thamnosma montanum).

Happy bulbing!

On Sun, Feb 1, 2009 at 4:48 PM, Mary Sue Ittner <> wrote:

> Dear All,
> People subscribed to this group so we could talk about bulbs in the broader
> sense and growing them and I'd like to get us back on topic before we have
> a mass exodus.
> It seems like there have been a lot of weather extremes in the last few
> years and I'm interested in knowing how people are coping. There have been
> droughts, floods, colder than usual weather, warmer than usual weather. Are
> people losing plants or finding some grow better?
> I live in coastal northern California, but on a ridge in the mixed
> evergreen forest and usually we have rain and a lot of it between sometime
> in October and November and May with it dry the rest of the year. The
> months with the most rain are December, January, and February and after
> that it tapers off. Storms usually start north and move south, but this
> year they aren't getting to us. And the tropical storms from the south
> aren't coming far enough north either. We've lived here 20 years and it has
> never been as dry this time of the year as it is this year and we are in
> the first stages of voluntary water conservation. This is leaving everyone
> very worried as last year it stopped raining in February and we had bad
> fires in the summer.
> In addition to the drier weather we had unseasonably warm days for part of
> January as well. It has been beautiful if you don't think about how it is
> supposed to be. What this has meant for my garden is that things are
> blooming much earlier than usual. I am getting a sense of what it must be
> like in Southern California most years. Normally I don't have to water my
> too large collections of pots in winter, at least not those that get rained
> on, but not this year. We collect water from the roof, so I'm using that
> for now. It doesn't take much rain to fill our water barrels so am keeping
> my fingers crossed that before I've exhausted my supply it will rain again.
> Yesterday I did a survey and there were blooms in more than 100 pots with
> spikes in others. That's a bit unusual for January and there are quite a
> few things blooming in the ground as well. All three varieties of
> Tecophilaea are blooming. Some years they don't even come up until January.
> I've a lot of Romulea in bloom: R. crocea, R. sabulosa, R. luteoflora, R.
> flava, R. kamisensis, R. kombergensis, Romulea bulbocodium, R. monticola
> and something that has been well eaten (tag says R. subfistulosa alas since
> it is one of the more spectacular ones.) And there was a Galaxia that
> bloomed that I missed. I have several species of Cyclamen blooming in pots
> and in the ground and Narcissus both places as well. Ixia rapunculoides is
> falling over in more than one place and there are Crocus blooming in pots
> and in the ground. A few early Lachenalias are finishing and others taking
> their place. The Massonias are about done except for Massonia depressa.
> Oxalis in bloom are all my different obtusas, Oxalis purpurea forms, O.
> versicolor, O. depressa. Gladiolus caeruleus has been booming for some time
> and other Gladiolus like alatus have well formed spikes. The Veltheimias
> seems to have sent up more spikes than usual, but aren't quite open. I've
> had quite a few Babiana species in bloom for awhile, but two new species
> started blooming today. Leucojum aestivum which doesn't bloom consistently
> at the same time each year is blooming now. In the greenhouse a couple of
> Haemanthus are just about done, but I have several Cyrtanthus in bloom, one
> Phaedranassa, Canarina, and Tropaeolum tricolor in bloom. There is another
> Trop species that got away from me before I could train it properly and it
> is growing all over the top of the greenhouse. I'll have to use binoculars
> to see the flowers. For the first year in years Tropaeolum brachycercas (at
> least one) showed up. I wonder if I have missed it in the past and not
> watered enough since that first shoot was so tiny and thin. And all my
> yellow Ipheion-Nothoscordum-Tristagmas, whatever we are calling them, are
> blooming this year. One pot had remained dormant for many years. There is
> also a white Nothoscordum unidentified, but not the bad one, that has been
> blooming well. As for my natives I have these in bloom: Erythronium
> multiscapodium, Cardamine californica, Triteleia clementina, Scoliopus
> bigelovii, Calochortus uniflorus. It looks like a long blooming year for
> Spiloxene serrata that started blooming in December and was flowering
> today. And there is the first Scilla and a Hycinthoides blooming too and
> the first of my Delphiniums.
> Some of the flowers don't seem to be lasting as long as they usually do and
> some Oxalis have already gone dormant. I don't know if this will lead to a
> shorter season and if that will impact the blooming season next year or if
> since there has been more light they will been doing the necessary growing
> and it won't make any difference.
> Any reports from other parts of the world of successes and plants lost to
> the weather?
> Mary Sue
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