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Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Early Season


Crocus x leonidii 'Early Gold'

From Janis Ruksans, came this hybrid of C. angustifolius and C.reticulatis. His friend from Lithuania, Leonid Bondarenko made the clonal selections.

I really love these stripes!


The early season is on now.....Starting to feel those first little bursts of spring.

Several inches of rain in the last few days, the local creeks are under a flood advisory as I type. 52, breezy and wet.

Cheers,
Mark

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The February Card


Does anyone want to tell there version of St. Valentine....Add it to the comments.

It is coming and it's on time....But the weather took such a great turn for the better.... Sunny, clear, highs in the upper 50's. The spring teaser is always the best time to get caught up on the garden as a whole...So much for the Offseason. Orchard pruned and sprayed, shrub beds pruned, weeded and mulched....Got a lot done in the sun today.

Cheers,
Mark

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The "Offseason"


Colchicum hungaricum "Valentine's Day"

There is a small window of time between sowing some of the seeds that appreciate a few weeks of winter chilling, and when spring prep really begins in earnest that I guess is my Offseason.


I guess this affords me some time to take a closer look around. I noticed this very healthy pot of Colchicum bivonae starts enjoying some mychorrizal symbiosis.


Baby cobras (Darlingtonia californica) will be going up on sale soon as the stolon cuttings have established nicely.

Well, enjoy the Offseason...A winter respite from the busy days that grow longer ahead.

50 degrees and soaking wet from a pineapple Express clipping hard from the South ..3" of rain the last 2 days and still relentless.

Cheers,
Mark

Friday, January 27, 2017

They shall reap what they sow.


It's deep into the seed season now. As Jan fades, those familiar late winter, sunny, cold days have set in for a stretch.

47 in the greenhouse as I sow today.

Probably be in the low 20's tonight. Crisp and clear.

Cheers,
Mark

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Starting the new year off right!


Colchicum asteranthum

Nice to welcome the new year in with a flower. The first of the year is this winter blooming species from the Peloponnese in Greece. Here is a all the information you will need on this one: http://www.preslia.cz/P014CPer.pdf

A fun little winter bloomer adding some cheer to the grey, sodden, overcast days of deep winter.

Mostly back to normal Oregon weather, sunny, rainy, dry, drippy, cloudy, clear all that in the span of an hour.

Cheers,

Mark

Friday, January 6, 2017

Gelid


The rock garden blanketed in snow.

So it was 12 degrees when I left this morning. Turning out to be a crazy cold winter so far.


The bulb frames would probably benefit from some more snow cover.

I promise some flower pictures soon, I saw a few crocus buds wanting to pop out as I was putting frost blankets on the greenhouse pots.

20 degrees and sunny now at noon with freezing rain, sleet and snow in the forecast for the weekend.

Cheers,
Mark

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Day of 2017


Woke up to a new year with a dusting of snow. Chilly end to the old and a frosty start the new.


The rock garden alpines seem to be loving this extra cold weather year we seem to be having.


I did manage to get some seeds down and cheers to a productive and prosperous new year.

32 degrees with an occasional snow flurry today.

Happy New Year!
Mark