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This was taken a few days ago. Narcissus Division 1 Trumpet Rijnveld's Early Sensation in bud. But I don't expect to see it open for a while. In 2011 it opened on March 21, not sure about last year but in late March. Maybe I should set up some mirrors around it to get it to bloom sooner. Patti
Yes, but then we go the other way at the spring equinox (March 30th) until the fall one. We are cooler in between those dates than on the mainland. We will see things like forsythia and lilacs and almost everything else blooming a week to two weeks later here than in Boston. But that means we are warmer in the winter and get an early start with the bulbs. Patti
Great to see NJ teeny greenies.This means we will be up and running in a couple of weeks.Thanks Jen.
Snow cover here makes it hard to get to the garden.I might check today.There are Reticulatas starting but there is a drift between them and me.
Do reticulata blooms survive well if there is snow? My only hope is to hightail it to greenhouses and to libraries for gardening books.
BTW, March 3, the Mass Camellia society has a display at Tower Hill and an expert walk around at 2:30. Don't know if I can go, but i am smitten by the blooms this time of year and hope to photo some at lunch time soon. The greenhouses are getting pretty close to peak right now.
RosemaryK...ALERT PHOTOGRAPHS NOT FROM THIS YEAR. REPEAT NOT FROM THIS YEAR.!!!!!
Ok, now that you know that these shots were taken on March 23 2011, you will see that the little reticulated Iris are real troopers when it snows. My earliest Narcissus also include Narcissus Division 1 Trumpet Small Talk which is charming little gem that seems to always bloom before the end of March. The Narcissus called February Gold has never bloomed before April 1, but it is an introduction from across the big pond by the de Graaff Bros of the Netherlands before 1923 so it is on European time. Patti
Those little reticulated Iris heard me extolling their winter virtue and they have started to bloom. Really. I was out raking and pruning and looked down and there were 5 of them just staring up at me. I dropped the rake and ran for the camera. So here is Iris reticulata Gordon on the east side of the house in a west facing bed that gets a nice bit of sun from the south too. Pretty excited. Patti
The best reticulated one for me that has over time made some nice thick bunches in a couple of spots is Iris histrioides Katherine Hodgkin. It is often the second to bloom after an unnamed cultivar that I got from Bleek at Touch of Nature. However this year I. r. Gordon popped up first. I bought I.r.Gordon from Van Engelen Nov. sale. Did you have any luck with I.r.Natascha? I am thinking mine have failed. Patti
Robindog, Agree, it is almost transparent, and lasts but a second when it blooms at all. Perhaps, being so frail looking, she is very shy too. I figured with a name like Natasha she would be of sturdier stock. Patti
Is it relatively new with the warmer winters, Marilyn? I don't recall seeing robins until spring when we lived in CT before we retired, but I think my son has also seen robins in winter where he lives.
I started seeing winter robins & bluebirds in CT about 20 years ago...the robins usually stay in a large flock ...I've seen them feasting on sumac...Carolina wrens started showing up here about the same time...Hammonassett usually winters over a few mockingbirds...Has to be some climate change. The nature writer for the Wtby paper reported seeing a group of sparrows that don't usually winter this far north...
I reported a few days back during our last big blow about a single poor starling who was the odd bird out among all our normal resident winter birds. He was totally confused without his flock, and after not seeing him for a couple of days, we assumed he was a goner. But yesterday afternoon when DH was puttering in our GH he heard a noise in the chimney which he knew from past experience to be a bird. He opened up the clean out door and our flew our starling. After a bit of work we coached it out the door and it flew off. Good thing as I was about to lite the wood stove connected to that chimney so shortly we would have had a cooked starling He is on the ground this morning feeding with the other birds. Patti
Had our chimney capped many years ago...never knew birds would nest on a vent pipe! A friend lives in a condo across town...the front garden gets a lot of sun, so the snow has melted off there & bulbs were poking out yesterday...not here...gardens still in deep snow.
Yeah Celest. My bones tell me there will be one more in March.We sometimes get a 22 inch surprise that disappears in the next 3 days due to big fluctuation in temp at that time of year.
For what its worth.DD who lives in Florida says there are large flocks of Robing in the parks so it looks like they will be heading north.
My wedding was March 13, 1993 which if you remember was the storm of the century here in Rochester, NY. We received a police escort from St. Marks Church because during the wedding a state of emergency was declared.
Here is a little something to temp you North. Here is our first crocus. DH took this shot today with his cell phone. It is our first crocus of 2013.
Crocus susianus Cloth of Gold or Crocus angustifolius . An old historic one from the northern coast of the Black Sea, first recorded in 1587. Patti
The weatherman here said this is about the last of the winter weather.Mid month it will gradually get milder.
I sure hope so.Just as soon as I see a bit of garden it gets covered again overnight.It has snowed for a week.
Hellebores happening in Nantucket. This is Helleborus orientalis Yellow Lady which seems more white than yellow but I bought it from an old sketchy coop from 2007 so who knows, though it does have a tinge of yellow when it matures a bit. I am still up in Brookline dog sitting so I am missing all the fun. DH keeps sending my cell phone shots as I have the camera. DUH! Nothing up here to shoot except my pottery. Patti
Love seeing the new blooms! DH is taking me to the camellia show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden today! The informational tour by the Mass Camellia Society at 2:30 is open to the public. Around here it's a nice day to go to an indoor garden.
It will get better out doors and there will be crocus blooms...
Yep. The blossoms were lovely, and I did take pics. The members of the Mass camellia society bring their plants and blossoms in for judging once a year. Many of them have their own lean-to or greenhouse. They have had their show at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in the past, but the chief gardener at Tower Hill contributes a huge number of the plants and tends to win the competitions, so they had it there, which was nice.
Needless to say, I brought one from Nuccio's Nursery home to try to grow indoors. Now there are thermometers all over the house, basement and garage, to find the coldest place to grow it--temp between 35 and 55 F at night. It might end up in the garden shed with a heat mat and extension cord!
Ooooooh, it sounds like I just might be able to have a camellia in our new place in Conn! How exciting! Sounds like a lovely outing, Rosemary! I love to go to Bok Tower in central FL during peak camellia time.
Culture needs for a container grown japonica camellia indoors in winter is high humidity--sitting it on a humidity tray is recommended, low temperature, adequate light, enough water but really good drainage,slightly acidic potting mix if possible, slow release fertilizer like Osmacote, almost pot bound, no sudden light changes and for most, no bright light at all especially in the early morning, but can't sit in total darkness either. You can prune them at last year's growing point for bushiness, but preferably in the flowering season (around now). Propagation is supposed to be pretty easy by air layering. They are actually tougher than they seem. That's about all I know.
I think my Tiffany japonica will likely spend a week in our attached garage then end up in the garden shed on top of the woodpile until spring once I'm sure we don't expect any more dips toward zero. Then it can go live with its planted mates until fall.
spotted a hellebore standing tall above the snow out front that is loaded with blooms - this was from a coop a few years ago and has never bloomed so no idea of bloom color - looks like they might be yellow
I worked out on east side of the house today. Lots popping up. I raked and weeded while DH hauled away all my piles and did some rose pruning. He spent hours up in the crab apple tree pruning it the other day. Looks great. Patti
Yes we have a jump on most of the rest of you, but come the Vernal Equinox next week we will begin to slow down as the Gulf Stream will keep us much cooler while you all race ahead. I will really start to notice the acceleration soon when I head up to Boston and see trees and shrubs in full bloom when ours are still 2 weeks away. But it is sure nice to have some early color. Patti
We are behind.
Debi-k and I went to our fav.garden center and the owner said everything is late.
No wonder I was about to take the bridge.
I have helebores almost open and a few crocus plus iris ret.
Maybe today .Its going to be in the high 50's nearly all next week.
#2spotted pink helebore
#3 early purple crocus
Cloth of Gold
C o G is an ancient variety.Found in Turkey 1525.The buds have a purple stripe from stem to tip.
There is a teeny white one that looks the same.
I am out to do battle with rabbits and deer.Ate newly emerged tulips.
I have to other Harry trees.. this is the only one with that many.. the one in the back is really big.. grafted on other roots... throws tons of suckers every year.. the one in the photo I bought as a twig rooted on it's own.. so much better.. guess it's worth the wait for something the way it should be
I like the sedum with the crocus too, but all are very pretty, Jen.
We are traveling through the Shenandoah Valley this morning. It is cold (high 30s) but sunny and lovely. I have 2 deliveries of plants to Conn on Monday...very exciting. We also have not yet seen Spring in our new place in Conn, so that will be fun too. It will take a bit of settling in at both places, but then I can play. I am feeling so much better this year on the trip compared to being so terribly ill and scared last year. YAY!