Crocuses and peepers

Mike Rummerfield
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:36:20 PST
We have *Crocus, Galanthus, Cyclamen coum,* and the very first *Scilla
siberica,* *Anemone blanda, *and* Narccisus* blooming here, BUT they've
been covered by snow for a week now at my location.  I did have two earlier
glorious days of sun opening the crocus (mostly tommies), with the
attendant frenetic honey bees (it has to be about 50℉+ for them to forage
here) gathering pollen.

As for the peepers, they've been silenced by the snow and cold.  They had
started their chorus earlier in the month.  They'll be back, and their
suite will become a symphony when they're joined by the owls, coyotes, and
the occasional mystery voice.   Every year the peepers claim my rainwater
catchment basins in the garden area as their own.  I could use the water,
but haven't the heart to turn them out.  I let (encourage?) this happen
every year.  Go figure!  The basins are the summer-long home of their
progeny.  For those of you that may be following your own ventures in self
futility, the tadpoles' favored food is lettuce leaves.  But then they do
provide wonder and entertainment, and the assurance that the environment
here is not toxic enough to kill them off (timber companies spray massive
amounts of herbicide and who knows what else near by).  I don't know if
they're the same species as in the eastern US.  Salamanders will follow
later, but no arias from them, unless I'm mistaken.

western Washington state, zn.7
BTW -  my *Nothoscordum dialystemon;* syn. *Ipheion dialystemon; *syn.
felipponei; *syn. *Ipheon;* syn. *Tristagama; *syn*. Name du jour *is
blooming two months later than usual this year.  It is in full bloom now in
a minimally heated greenhouse.  I usually have the very first bloom appear
on or close to Thanksgiving day.  Not so this year.  I've treated it no
differently than in previous years.  Has anyone else had a similar
experience with delayed bloom this year?  They fill the greenhouse with
their fragrance on warmish, sunny days.

On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 8:03 PM, Cody H <> wrote:

> That reminds me of one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had, which
> was walking through a small swamp in a tropical jungle on the eastern slope
> of the Cordillera Central in Costa Rica during a frog mating orgy (there’s
> really no better word to describe it). We counted nearly twenty species of
> frog, including red-eyed tree frogs and other colorful species. There were
> tens of thousands of individuals, literally dripping from the trees as they
> scrambled to find partners. The noise of their mating songs was deafening,
> we could barely hear each other yelling from a few inches away. I don’t
> think I’d ever want to live deep in a lowland tropical jungle for any
> significant length of time, but they sure can be amazing places to visit.
> On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 9:24 AM Erik Van Lennep <>
> wrote:
> > I moved from New England to Europe 17 years ago...and there are no Spring
> > Peepers here. I still miss them.
> > One of my most ecstatic experiences was walking into a wetland,
> surrounded
> > by peepers, and feeling absolutely saturated by the sound of their Spring
> > joy. People who haven't experienced it don't get it at all.
> >
> > erik van lennep
> >
> > <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>
> >
> > *“Another world is not only possible, she is already on her way. On quiet
> > days I can hear her breathing.” * - Arundhati Roy
> >
> >
> >
> > > > Here in Massachusetts, it snowed again, and we have neither
> > > crocuses nor
> > > ​ ​
> > > peepers.
> > >
> > > > Jane S
> > >
> > >
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