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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Tulipa ostrowskiana

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”  Mark Twain

Tulipa ostrowskiana

From the mountains of Kazakhstan comes this flamboyant beauty, If I had to describe it in other terms I would probably say it's like a flamenco dancer doing a backflip and caught right upside down. It's really quite the show stopper in the greenhouse right now because of the predominant yellow's of the Narcissus and the browns and greens of the many Frittilaria in bloom now. Oh to have been a bulb purveyor back in the tulipmania days in Holland right? Maybe I could have paid the mortgage off on the property with a single bulb.

It was frosty this morning as I left in the dark, although it wasn't a half bad weekend, temps got up into the high 50's. The mizuna mustard greens are flowering in the vegetable garden now and the bees were busy collecting pollen. I sowed some early vegetable pots in the greenhouse, but I'm late on some of the bedding flowers. Hoping to correct that with some sundowner work this week.



Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Requiem of the First Affinis

"It's nothing sinister but my private life belongs to me." Myanna Buring

 Not to rehash old work, but this is really one of the finest form of affinis I've ever seen and I really like taking pictures of it. So Here it is again.

Fritillaria affinis Vancouver Island

The Yellow Wallpaper Incident

"The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes, or dark lake with the treble." Wassily Kandidinsky

Erythronium 'Jeannine'
This is purported to be a hybrid of the Californian's E. tuolumnense and E. californicum 'White Beauty' or maybe a backcross involving those parents.

I was watching the bees this past weekend with a bit of that warmth we had they were flying in huge numbers, and bringing in loads of pollen.  I was also kinda wondering why are so many of the early flowers yellow. Most of the research suggests it has to do with pollinators waking up from the long winter rest and having an easy target to hit. Yellow is that bright, attention getter type of color that you can't really ignore. Like curious George and the man in the Yellow hat, it wouldn't really make sense if it was Curious George and the man in the brown fidora. 

I was gonna throw a bunch of yellow flowers on this post, but I think maybe i'll space em out a bit. 

It was a chilly 38 when I drove out this morning, but the day's have been warming up a bit. I think it's going to rain this afternoon and maybe hit 60. 


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Stink Bells and Other things

Fritillaria agrestis

Spring showed up just in time for Daylight savings to Spring Foward an hour. The sun was out and it was warm and pleasant most of the weekend. Made quick trip out to the coast for my Moms 69th birthday, paella in Yachats with the family was a real treat. The stink Bells are flowering very strong thiis year, maybe the milder winter weather we had for the most part that reminds them of the native California climate. The bees were buzzing in and out of the greenhouse, Carson (my Nepew) and Anya both had school off on Friday so paid them to mulch the orchard with a load of arborists chips. Got the burn pile done as well and the grass mowed, it was a pretty productive weekend for being gone for most of it!

Anya and Carson putting in a good days work at Illahe Nursery and Gardens

Supposed to be pushing 70 tomorrow!! WooHoo, It's feeling like Spring for real!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Frosty mornings and sunny afternoons.

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.
 Don Marquis

Narcissus hispanicus ssp. bujei
Chilly start to the days this week, with frosty temps down into the 20's. The Narcissus sure don't seem to mind, Even this rare subspecies of the Spanish daffodil,  but a few of the medditerranean arums are doing the flag drop. 

I'm wondering if anyone read the Butterfly Revolution as a kid, curious how so many can be influenced by a strong, charismatic leader, to behave so badly. I don't remember how I found that book as a 13 year old, but it certainly stuck with me through all these years. I see parallels in our present day. 

"You're late said spring to winter,  "I arrived precisely when I meant to, and besides, your invitation seemed flexible as to when the party was to start" Winter replied,"....Mark Akimoff

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sun, showers and Bee Flights

The bees have been flying despite the weather, which today saw sun, showers, hail, sun, drizzle and sun again.

And they were all about the crocus. They found Colchicum hungaricum 'Valentines Day' particularly attractive.