More things popping

Ellen Hornig
Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:42:02 PDT
This is obviously not your typical community garden.....


On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Jim McKenney <>

> I visited my community garden plots today for the first time in about a
> week. It's about a mile from home. Lots has been happening in my absence.
> Today I found these in bloom: Colchicum hungaricum, Crocus chrysanthus
> 'Uschak Orange' and a nice assortment of reticulate irises (these seem to
> be thriving there). Fritillaria are popping up in numbers. F. persica is
> about four inches up out of the ground, I can see flower buds on F.
> bucharica, a teacup-sized dome of foliage of F. thunbergii is up, two forms
> of F. sewerzowii are pushing up thick red noses, and frits in general are
> on the move. Eremurus are just barely up above ground. Anemone blanda has
> buds, but they are still hanging downward and none has bloomed yet.Arilate
> and juno irises are rapidly greening up and raising great
> expectations. Lots of gaps among the tulips and crocuses: these gaps are
> explained by the fat rat I spotted today scurrying around in our plots. The
> rats have evidently learned to recognize the plastic mesh pots as a
> potential food source. They will go down a line of pots emptying one after
> another.Does anyone know if the Dutch have switched to a newer clone of
> Iris danfordiae in recent years? The ones I have now have bloomed reliably
> for four years in a row.
> Jim McKenneyMontgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where last week
> a friend gave me a tray of six potted collectible snowdrops.
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Ellen Hornig
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