Crocus and Juno today

James Waddick
Sat, 14 Mar 2009 16:47:53 PDT
Dear Friends,
	I was looking over today's round of new crocus flowers and 
found a Crocus tommasinianus with 9 petals,semi-double. That got me 
to wondering about crocus with double flowers and came across the 
listing of Janis Ruksans C chrysanthus 'Goldmine' he claims is the 
world's first double flowered crocus. Does anyone grow this and what 
is it really like ?

	Earllier this week we had 2 nights in the low teens (around 
12 degrees F), so even after some warming up I was semi-shocked to 
see the Juno iris 'Sindpers'  up and opening 2 flowers. This is a 
beautiful blue, early Juno I bought from Jane McGary a few years ago 
and it has formed a nice clump. Most other Junos are up already too, 
but only I. aucheri (one of 'Sindpers' parents) is showing buds.

	The forecast calls for a week in the 60 to 70 degree range so 
I suspect spring is here even though it seems way too early. 
Snowdrops are essentially over and crocus are peaking. This seems way 
too early with official spring still a week away.

			Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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