What's blooming this week: October 24 2011

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:14:29 PDT
Dear PBS Friends,

	The first flowers opened the 23rd, more yesterday and even 
more today. I have collected a bout 3 dozen stigmas and they are 
drying for a few days before being stored.

	The temps dropped below freezing last week, but then the 
flowers and foliage emerged. The leaf cover over the area where the 
saffron grows dropped almost all its foliage, too giving them near 
full sun at the same time.

	Crocus sativus has been very reliable here even in our cold 
winters and current hot dry summer.

	Crocus banaticus just started blooming a couple days ago, 
too. I have both pale and darker violet forms. I have tried a couple 
different whites, but these have never survived or bloomed. Odd.

	Colchicums are at their very end.

	We are in major need of rain. It has been weeks and are well 
below normal for the season and the year.

			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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