Spring is here

John Wickham jwickham@sbcglobal.net
Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:39:53 PDT
Sorry to rub it in if it seems like that, but we've had one long summer since about 2013 here in the Los Angeles area. The equivalent of spring was maybe two days back in late February. As a result, most of my bulbs are finishing up their bloom. Ferraria, Gladiolus, Moraea, Lachenalia, Albuca, Ixia, Babiana, Tritonia, Freesia, Ornithogalum, etc. The Eucomis are pushing leaves now and will probably be in bloom next month, things are so screwed up. We're again at about a third of average rainfall, and mountain snows (our water bank) are at about 10-15% of normal. So we're in bad shape...hard to explain and even understand how nice warm weather is a troublesome thing, yet it is. The flowers are pretty, though.

John Wickham
Los Angeles

On Sunday, March 15, 2015 12:20 PM, Ernie DeMarie via pbs <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:

Well I think we are getting closer but so far other than the winter aconites at school, I did see a witch hazel in bloom at Wave Hill garden in the Bronx this morning.  Snow is receding faster, it is apparent the voles were as usual favored by the long period of snow cover, but so too were things like certain delospermas and other low growing plants.  It rained heavily yesterday then got very foggy, today is very windy and cold but above freezing.  Should be sunny and warmer tomorrow, maybe 50 but accuweather has a story about the cold front (fomer "polar vortexes") coming down on us again but of course the cold will not be so severe, just cooler than normal for March at times.  Really would like to break out of this pattern it gets old fast.  
Inside the bulbs don't know the difference, various Oxalis obtusa clones are flowering along with some pelargonium species and a smattering of other bulbs like the red form of Babiana villosa.  
Ernie in NY watching the flag by the house across the street fly in the wind. 

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