What's Breaking Dormancy in your yard?

gardenerme(z9/21 inland socal)February 26, 2009

Lots of my perennials and trees are breaking dormancy:

Flowering Quince - Flower Buds about to open!

Park's Whopper Tomato - 2 flowers!

Prunus Pendula - 1st blooms 2/7

Dw.Gingko - Budded up leaves beg 2/7

Catawba Crepe Myrtle - tiny (8" tall) leaf buds 2/22

Dw Betula - leaf buds 2/22

PG Hydrangea - first leaf buds 2/20

Acer Palmatum Shin de shojo - leaf buds 2/18

Viridis - 2/23


Emperor 1

Sharp's Pygmy - 2/24

Burgundy Lace

Bearss Lime - leaf buds 1/20

Tangerine - leaf buds 2/25

Valencia Orange - leaf buds 2/11

Meyer Impr Lemon - has ripe fruit

ripening fruit

new blooms mid Jan

Br Turkey Fig - a leaf bud on 2/18

All but the tomato are in containers. Every year I know it's coming and every year it is a brand new thrill! Don't you just love growing things?

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queerbychoice(USDA 9a/Sunset 8 (CA))

At the moment? Nothing at all. Not a bud to be seen anywhere. But I'm expecting my Western redbud to start budding soon, and California golden poppies, and hopefully coral bells. I don't think I'll get any more than that until April.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 5:55PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

Purple leaf plums are full of blooms, and hostas are beginning to poke up their noses. Northern California, near San Jose.


    Bookmark   February 28, 2009 at 12:07AM
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Dormancy?? What's that? LOL I swear, the only things we've had go dormant or die is a few deciduous trees, and my summer garden crop. Other then that, everything is still FINE! Weird stuff I tell ya...

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 11:01AM
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queerbychoice(USDA 9a/Sunset 8 (CA))

I finally have flowers! And they're not on any of the plants I expected them on. My golden currant (Ribes aureum) is covered with tiny yellow flowers.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 5:13PM
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My plum tree is just starting to flower and lots of perennials are budding out.
Even my new concha and joyce coulter ceanothus put in last fall are budding.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2009 at 5:22PM
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calpat(zone9ab No.Ca.)

Daffodils are blooming and the Forsytheia is a mass of bright yellow blooming branches.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 3:39PM
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Got some closeups of some blooms yesterday. Rather than link each one you guys can check'em out:

Around the Garden

    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 8:16PM
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CA Kate


    Bookmark   March 3, 2009 at 9:42PM
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barbiekemp(U 10b / S 23)

I have a few deciduous redwoods calla lillies, and a peach tree that are coming back to life. Most of the rest of my stuff is still going all year.

Oh, yeah! Cymbidiums are lushly in bloom in the backyard planter.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2009 at 10:52PM
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bagarden(Sunset z15)

I have apricot tree, flowering quince and most spring bulbs! Below are pictures how this spring is progressing.



    Bookmark   March 9, 2009 at 1:22AM
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queerbychoice(USDA 9a/Sunset 8 (CA))

Spring is finally reaching me! New leaves on my redbud, milkweed, grapevine, and California fuchsia. Flowers on one currant, flower buds on the other currant. Flower buds on my coral bells. One small green flower bud on a California golden poppy.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2009 at 1:38AM
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tammysf(9b/10a or sz15/16)

Daffodils blooming
Lancetilla mango has new growth and flower buds
Carrie mango has a bunch of new growth
Glenn mango has new growth
Cherimoya dropped all its leaves (normal I heard)
Peach tree has a bunch of little fruit
Strawberries are blooming with a handful of berries
Meyer lemon has new growth and blossom buds
Roses are pushing out new growth
Maple bonsais all have lush new leaves

I'm in bay area/marin

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 12:28PM
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carolsun(z9 northbay)

As of April 2
tulips finishing up
viburnum juddii just starting
erysimums continuing
bolting choy
all rose bushes in bud
still waiting for sweetpeas, irises, etc.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 6:52PM
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As of today (4/2):

cotinus coggyria "Atropurpurea" leafed out at least a month ago
fruiting plum tree just beginning to flower
birch "Royal Frost" leafing out
cornus nuttallii totally leafed out
rhododendron occidentale buds finally breaking, should be in leaf in a couple days

still waiting for the Japanese maple, nootka rose and birchbark cherry!

    Bookmark   April 2, 2009 at 7:13PM
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Christine Decker

ditto~ Everthing!
crepe myrtle
fruit trees,
bearded iris's
sea pinks
5'o clocks
trumpet vine
flowering plum tree
magnolias have buds

waiting on sweet peas, ranunculus, marigolds (from seed)
cosmos, poppies, too many to list are still seedlings

    Bookmark   April 4, 2009 at 4:41PM
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My crocuses started blooming on April 3rd. With the year we have had here in south western Minnesota, they are wonderful to see. Also, we had so much snow cover that I have one entire garden where none of my plants went completely dormant. After the snow melted, I was just surprised! I have shasta daisies, yarrow, lobelia, and more and they are all as green as they could be!

    Bookmark   April 6, 2011 at 4:55PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Few of our plants go completely dormant but those that do are leafing out, most starting last month (March 2011):

- Crepe Myrtle 'Zuni' - the new leaves open in fall colors and turn green as they age -- beautiful!
- Chiltalpa tashkinensis - started early April
- Salvia regla - looks like a giant tumbleweed in winter, just starting to leaf out now
- Hydrangea microphylla - my precious Hydrangea, a gift from work after my dad's passing in 2008.
- Asiatic lily - another special gift, this one from our neighbor.
- Manzanita 'Dr. Hurd'

    Bookmark   April 11, 2011 at 3:18PM
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