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Robert

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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #15 on: February 21, 2024, 06:27:27 PM »


Despite the stormy weather, many early spring blooming plants are coming into flower. Pseudotrillium rivale is looking nice. To date, this is the only “Trillium” species that thrives in our garden. It produces seed and seeds about the garden freely.



Erythronium multiscapideum is also beginning to bloom. Pictured is our Deer Valley selection of the species. This selection spreads slowly and consistently produces abundant crops of flowers each season.



This selection of Primula (Dodecatheon) hendersonii is a breakthrough. This selection has, at least, some tolerance to summertime moisture in our Sacramento garden. It is derived from a colony of this species that appeared in our Placerville farm orchard many years ago. Our orchard receives regular irrigation during the summer. This colony of plants has thrived and has continued to spread despite being subject to moist conditions when the plants are dormant. Some of our high elevation forms of this species also exhibit tolerance for some summertime moisture. In most cases, this species requires dry conditions during its summer dormancy. Developing lines that are tolerant of summertime moisture will be a tremendous addition and bonus to our garden.



Narcissus dubius var. dubius grows well in our garden. The tiny pure white flowers are a delight. I enjoy this species greatly.



I spend most of my time breeding miniature Narcissus. I developed this Jetfire hybrid many years ago. It definitely does not fit into the miniature category, however I do not have the heart to throw it out. On the contrary, I like this selection a great deal. It has the characteristic of alternating partly reflexed tepals that I find interesting and attractive. The two-toned ruffled cup is also nice. It is fertile both ways. Needless to say pollen is being spread around, and other flowers of this clone are being pollenated.

[Jasmin]:  Today is 10˚ C.  This morning the streets were obscured by dense fog.  Now it is uniform medium grey.  Once in a while some sky or sun peeks through.  Last night it rained intensely for an hour or two.
     The above flowers invigorate me:  spring indeed is coming.  If Robert dared dispense with the Jetfire hybrid, I think he would encounter a very unhappy wife.  So I think he will not want that.  Seeing the Pseudotrillium rivale so beautifully enhanced by the rock encourages me to want to get more rocks for the garden.  We have so many other little treasures, and sometimes it is hard to remember where they are when they are dormant, and labels can so easily be dislodged by wildlife, the wind, or my weeding.  How many of us have accidentally spliced a bulb, not remembering its location?  I doubt I am the only one, just one of the few to admit such atrocities and embarrassments.  Yes, the perfect rocks would assist the situation.
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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2024, 10:17:39 PM »
It seems early spring is wet from California to Scotland, long forecasts announced a wet spring in northern hemisphere.
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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2024, 03:11:07 PM »
It seems early spring is wet from California to Scotland, long forecasts announced a wet spring in northern hemisphere.


Hi Yann,

From your comment it appears there will be good wildflower displays in Europe this year.

Here in California, the 2023-2024 precipitation season is shaping up to be the third good season in a row. We have not seen this in over 20 years. There will likely be a good wildflower display this year. For me the question is, do I travel south or north this season? And then, for me, there is plenty to do locally.
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Mariette

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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #18 on: February 23, 2024, 04:14:10 PM »
Robert, Your narcissi and trillium are very beautiful! At flowering time, I love to scent the house with bunches of narcissi.

If the weather stays as stormy and wet as it has been since the start of the year, there may be wildflowers, but no circumstances to enjoy them. In our area, plenty of rainfall encourages tall grasses, brambles and nettles  to grow at the expense of more welcome flowers. Indeed, it was so stormy and wet till now, that I was able to take pics of crocusses only twice. This one was taken in my neighbouring son´s garden.



The crocusses there, which are self-sown seedlings from those in my garden, show a good deal of variation.



The bumblebees suffer badly from the inclement weather, a few days ago I saw three of them clinging to the closed crocusses shaken by the storm. I found already many which died due to the difficult condtions.



Crocus ´Yalta´ is one of the few varieties which last for several years in my garden, though not clumping well.



Ilex aquifolium ´Ferox Argentea´ looks good independant of the weather.

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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2024, 05:31:00 PM »
Very beautiful tommies Mariette :)
Yes I like 'Yalta' too.
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Re: February in the Northern Hemisphere
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2024, 08:01:17 PM »
Thank You for Your kind comment, Ashley!

Getting older, I confine myself to enjoying chance-seedlings  instead of breeding, as I did years ago. For instance, I went for primulas which blend well in mixed plantings, nowadays things like this pop up in the garden.



I like this one, with a hint of a white rim and white shading in the centre - unfortunately splashed with mud by the endless rain.





Pulmonaria-seedling and Arum italicum - seedling.



Lonicera elisae


 


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