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Friday, February 14, 2014

Floods and flowers

Narcissus romuixii 'Julia Jane'

Back from a great trip to the siskiyou chapter of NARGS....just in time to work 24/7 dealing with flooding issues in Salem. Fickle thing the weather, going from the driest year since 1892 to 2' of snow and inches of rain following.

I'm sitting in the greenhouse writing this, so I don't have the details on romuixii but this year I think I'm going to focus on the botanists and explorers who first found these bulbs and how they have enriched our growing experiences.

Fritillaria Olivier

This was the first frit of the season and even though it's barely poking its little flower cluster out of the soil it still counts. I'll probably write more on Guillarme Oliver because he was a physician and naturalist that explored in Iran and Turkey where lots of these bulbs come from. I know I didn't probably spell his name right, but this is just a little teaser of where I'm going with the blog this year.

48 degrees, pouring rain forecasted for tomorrow though today was mostly dry.


Mark Akimoff

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