The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #142442   Message #3286800
Posted By: Janie
07-Jan-12 - 09:11 PM
Thread Name: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Subject: RE: BS: Mudcat Gardeners 2012
Thanks for the info re hellebore, pdq. Doesn't surprise me, given how toxic the plants are. I'm just starting out with hellebores, slowly transplanting self-sown seedlings from the three blooming plants I moved here, so don't have enough of them to dig any up for organic pest control at present, but will research this farther.

Was astonished this afternoon to see a couple of clumps of daffodils blooming in a yard on my way to the grocery store- about 3/4 mile from my house. My first thought was they were forced and then planted out, but then realized there were additional small clumps with no blooms but with the leaves at a typical bloom-time height. I have seen paperwhites blooming and was a little surprised but not shocked, but big, yellow daffodils??!!!! Late February is the earliest I have ever seen daffs bloom in this region. The earliest daffs in my own yard are only about 3 inches high right now. They are not early daffs, though I don't know what varieties are here - they came with the house. I've never seen daffs beat early crocus to the draw before. And I would not have thought we have had enough sufficiently cold nights so far for daffs to produce blooms.

Ties in with the observations of Mary and Bobert about such a mild winter so far. Too warm if it doesn't stay too warm. Not enough cold so far to invoke true dormancy in a lot of plants, making them very vulnerable. I've already commented on the hydrangea. There is still some green on my single apricot mums so I am holding off on cutting them back, lest they respond with new growth.