Mercurial weather

Jim McKenney
Sat, 20 Mar 2010 07:08:55 PDT
I attended a gathering of local gardeners yesterday, and a particular theme
came up for discussion over and over. This year we are experiencing the most
condensed, compacted season of early bloomers most of us can remember. And,
since we are already getting daytime highs of 70 degrees F, things are
coming and going very quickly. 


In mid-December I transplanted a clump of blooming snowdrops into one of the
cold frames to see if that would make a difference in how long the flowers
lasted. Two months later, that clump still had good flowers. The snowdrops
in the garden rushed into bloom as soon as the snow melted in early March.
Two weeks later most of them are either gone or obviously weather beaten.
Many came into bloom during the first flush of warmth, but then deliquesced
during the subsequent rain period. Crocuses have been just as fast to come
and go. 


Hundreds of deliciously fragrant flowers have already opened on Magnolia
stellata. It’s all happening so fast this year!


Jim McKenney

Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, 39.03871º North, 77.09829º West, USDA zone
7 where Arum hygrophilum might be in bloom any day.

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