bulb planting

Garak garak@code-garak.de
Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:05:57 PST
Hi David,

another List Test mail? Trouble again?

I'm glad that I got my last bulbs underground 1 1/2 weeks ago, before 
this ugly rain snow mixture started we're enduring right now in southern 
Germany. they were mostly narcissus I grew in a huge pot last season - i 
hoped I'd get my new garden paths finished in time and plant those 
Narcissus round them, but I didn't even finish the garden wall I'm 
building - summer was just too incredibly hot to do any real work 
outside before mid of September - and digging foundations 80 cm deep in 
clay is real work...
  Strange that you mention it, but my Nerine bowdenii was about 4 weeks 
later than last year, too - it didn't like the snow on the flowers, 
which now don't look too nice anymore. I guess it's the late and hot 
summer that delayed them. But the Freesia laxa doesn't complain about a 
few degrees Celsius below freezing and flowers on, though protected from 
direct snow...

meanwhile I'm wondering how much cold the rodophiala montana seedlings 
can take - I planted them for cold stratification in my bright garage 
and didn't expect them to sprout, but they didn't want to wait for 
spring. Ususally I'll have no frost in there unless it's permanent 
freezing outside, I'm just wondering when I need to rescue them...

Greetings from Germany


Am 28.11.2015 um 13:47 schrieb David Pilling:
> Hi,
> I got the last of my bought (mass produced in the Netherlands) bulbs 
> in the ground this week. It has been a struggle because whilst October 
> (in England) was mild, calm and dry, November has been constant rain.
> The only flowers at the moment are nerine bowdenii, these have been a 
> couple of months later than usual. I have previously sent seed to the 
> AGS SeedEx. I got the AGS seed list last week, I've had no seeds so far.
> The newspapers this week had photos of daffodils flowering in England 
> ("due to the mild weather"). Somewhere there must be nerine and 
> narcissus flowering together.
> The standard snowdrops (galanthus nivalis) have just poked their noses 
> above ground level.
> (list test message)

Southern Germany
Likely zone 7a

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