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Bulblog 04/03/2013
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:47:36 PM »
Again a really nice bulb-log. Thanks a lot Ian.
Even with the cold and snowcover your photos bring the spring a bit closer. Last weatherforecasts indicate a change for next week when Western Europe will hopefully get temperatures closer to our 'normal' averages. That will probably give an explosion of flowers. I look forward to see next weeks bulblog.

Rob
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2013, 10:14:36 PM »
Yes indeed Ian, thanks for yet another fine log.

Why plants differ in their timing relative to one another from year to year has always fascinated me.  In the case of garden plants I used to think that because they derive from wild populations adapted to different conditions so they respond differently to environmental cues in our gardens.  However this doesn't account for the relative variation that seems to occur in native plants too :-\
Ashley Allshire, Cork, Ireland

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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 10:27:58 AM »
Thank you for your support Rob and Ashley it is always nice to hear bulb log readers comments.

Today we have blue sky and sunshine with just a few clouds around at this moment so hopefully the air temperature will rise a bit and more importantly the ground temperature.

Plants respond to conditions such as moisture, air and ground temperature to tell them when spring is here unlike humans who like order and formulated a calender of months to be guided by.

If we look to ancient wisdom the saying 'Ne'er cast a clout till May be out' is often misinterpreted nowadays.
'Ne'er cast a clout' means do not remove extra clothes.
  'till May be out'  does not refer to the month of May but May Blossom -Hawthorn- the ancients new thyat plants were a more reliable indicator of seasons than the calender.

Without these swinging weather patterns our gardens would be predictable and not nearly so interesting lacking the challenges mother nature throws at us.

Off to enjoy that sunshine now.
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2013, 08:39:42 AM »
It is interesting to see how plants respond to weather, and too read your observations.
My Narcissus 'February Gold' are just opening their first flowers!
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2013, 10:10:09 AM »

My Narcissus 'February Gold' are just opening their first flowers!

........ as mine are just about finished. N. 'Jenny' is looking good though.
David Nicholson
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2013, 07:32:44 AM »
The pictures of the natural planting are really an inspiration. :)
Thank you.
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2013, 09:59:43 AM »
Ian,

just to say - many thanks -your bulb log is one of the highlights of the week along with John Jearrard's Monday morning irreverence.
I've learnt a huge amount about growing bulbs from it.
I love to grow bulbs but am not particularly successful in the greenhouse -not enough time.
My plan is to copy one of your ideas and install a 'bulb garden' using pure sand on a south facing spot in the next year,

Regards,

David
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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2013, 10:59:02 AM »
I too read the bulb log for a while before joining the Forum.  I found it fascinating as I have recently entered the world of alpines and felt very out of my depth.  I have now joined the SRGC and have just received my first journal with free seeds - very happy and the whole experience so far

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Re: Bulblog 04/03/2013
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2013, 04:34:52 PM »
It is interesting to see how plants respond to weather, and too read your observations.
My Narcissus 'February Gold' are just opening their first flowers!

Just shows the plants follow the true season not our calendar months.

Thank you all - it is very encouraging to hear that I can share my inspiration and enthusiasm for these plants and gardens.

I too learn so much all the time from the plants.

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