Thursday, January 19, 2006

Early Muscari

Don and Old Roses have both reported seeing snowdrops in January this year. Jealous of their early spring, I inspected my bulb plantings on our recent, gloriously sunny holiday. I have no snowdrops but it looks as if the muscari and dutch iris are popping their heads up above ground. The planting locations are in full sun and protected with layers of straw and leaves, so the ground there is probably warmer than the rest of the yard. I just hope a big freeze doesn’t come along and destroy my spring blooms!


Blogger deb said...

isn't it great when spring is in sight???

we have snowdrops in full bloom here in vancouver. we've also got all the other bulbs and tubers sprouting! it must be all the rain and mild weather we've been having of late, but snowdrops are the flower of january, so i hope yours do bloom soon! they're so dainty!

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An article from Scott at Old House Garden
(the link)

Mid-Winter Thaw and Your Bulbs are Emerging? No Problem!

Our usual high in mid-January is 30 degrees, but tomorrow it’s supposed to reach 50 here and some of our bulbs think it’s already spring. Are we concerned? Not at all, and if your bulb foliage emerges earlier than you think it should, you don’t need to worry either. Bulbs have been around for eons and they’re built for unpredictable weather. Even when it snows on tulips and other hardy bulbs in bloom, they’re rarely damaged, and emerging foliage is even tougher. So relax and have faith in Mother Nature.

11:23 AM  
Blogger Takoma Gardener said...

How pathetic are we to go nuts at that little bit of green? Very. Susan

6:01 PM  
Blogger Zoey said...

How exciting! I am going to have to take a walk around and see if I have anything peeking through. It has been warmer than normal here, too.

12:54 AM  

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