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davids10davids10 Posts: 895

the first crocus opened on 1/23 here in reno nv- they are tommasianus-a few dozen planted 30 years ago have multiplied into thousands-crocus chrysanthus is budded but is waiting for a few days of sun-today it is 60 degrees and spring seems very close

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  • Hello David,

    It is good to have somebody on the forum who comes from Reno. The strange thing is, that because we've had such a mild winter here in the UK, our crocuses are coming up too. I've seen plenty in bud in London, but none opened yet. We're just experiencing a cold snap so I expect that will have checked their progress!

    Emma

    gardenersworld.com team

  • The crocuses in my garden (W London) are just coming into flower.

    On a related point, is it usual for tulips to be comng up this early? I planted some (Queen of the Night, Merry Christmas) that said they were not meant to flower until late Apr / mid May, but the shoots are already well up and rivalling the daffs. Its the first time I have planted these (in pots) so I have no idea if this is usual! The snow predicted for tomorrow could put a halt to all that I suppose....

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    The so-called "botanical crocuses" are opening in the sunshine and my "Gypsy Girl" had too last week but they have now keeled over in the frost.  The ones in grass will fare better, I think.

  • davids10davids10 Posts: 895

    in the past 30 years reno has gone from a cool zone 5 to a cool zone 7 still cold for the uk but an enormous change here-the weather has also seemed to become more stable particularly in the last five years-in my experience bulbs are disoriented the first year you put them in-they will bloom earlier sometimes much earlier than the following year-the tiny bulbs follow one another closely-by mid april crocus will be at the flood followed by scillas and puschkinias with my favorite chionodoxa covering the ground bluer than the sky

  • davids10davids10 Posts: 895

    the weather here is very fine-mid sixries but very dry-we are just coming off a record dry spell-67 days with no measurable precip-the garden is still dormant despite the warmth altho i did notice this morning that the buds on the magnolias-stellata and liliaflora-are begining to swell-a friends garden was swept by a brush fire that also burnt 29 houses-the second such fire this year-we live to close to the edge of the desert-will someone tell me what is happening in your part of the world?

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    David, winter was very slow to arrive in the UK this year after a very warm October so lots of bulbs have put on early growth, only to be hit by a colder, snowy February.  The only bulbs behaving normally seem to be the snowdrops.  Snowdrop gardens that opened on the 5th of Feb. had grear displays and ones opening up til lthe end of the month are looking good.  But many bulbs like tulips are showing a lot more leaf than usual and some daffodils are flowering.

  • davids10davids10 Posts: 895

    more and more crocus tom. are showing thru the garden litter arousing feelings of guilt about not doing a more thorough cleanup-the excuse of protection from the cold dry weather no longer applies-the weather in fact is cloudish and warmish-the guilt is not so great as to cause me to actually clean-tomorrow-tomorrow will be the day because the major diplsy is about to begin-however the ground coverage does seem to be what the bulbs like for reseeding so perhaps it is in fact an act of virtue

  • happymarionhappymarion Posts: 4,591

    Being too tidy in the garden is the eighth deadly sin, in my opinion. David.  Co-operate with nature to get the best productivity.

  • davids10davids10 Posts: 895

    reading about the cold in europe makes walking around in short sleeves and gardening in a t-shirt seem even more pleasant-reno really does have great weather seriously though how is the cold affecting things there- is it as cold as elsewhere-in the minus range? the weather here of course will be wonderful until we have a final killing frost about the first week in june- about the drought what  are your rainfalls- here a drought is when we have 3 inches instead of our usual six in annual precip-in summer when the humidity goes to 15 percent gardening stops until fall-good lord i am running on-so far u all seem quite reticent ttfn

  • davids10davids10 Posts: 895

    last year at this time the nearby mtns had 650 inches of snow-not a record but still very impressive-this year is on track to be the driest on record-even in the high sierra there is little more than 24 inches-here in the valley because we don't depend on local precip we hardly notice except to enjoy the fine dry weather-we wait until it is time to panic-bulbs-chrysanthus ladykiller opened yesterday nestled in its foliage the blossom almost on the ground-chrysanthus aura opened today-it has faded from the beds and grows now only in the gravel paths where it has seeded-ladykiller has no such compunctions-it seeds and blooms everywhere-go figure-cleanup and composting slowly proceed-the season comes round

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