early emerging of bulbs

bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)January 14, 2006

Strange January. Found first white snowdrop, not quite open, today. Must be even warmer in Salem County by Delaware Bay. Crocus are also putting leaves up. Even if normal weather returns, I am not worried about any of these plants, but cannot remember such early emergence. By this time last year my Akebia,Lonicera fragrantissima,and Hypericum had lost all their leaves. Only the honeysuckle bush is finally changing to yellow.

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njtea(NJ Z6)

I'm up here in the northern part of the state and believe if this weather continues, the snowdrops will be in bloom in about 10 days.

I recall one year when I lived in Somerville, I noticed blooms on February 2nd, although they could have been there earlier.

I've noticed the perennial salvias I left outside are still alive (I take cuttings in the fall to make certain I have plants the following spring).

The buds on my vernal witchhazel are swelling and I would imagine the maple trees could soon bloom. Maybe if the ground freezes tomorrow, I'll take a tour around my yard and see what else might be beginning to appear.

The upcoming week is, historically, the coldest week of the winter so perhaps we've got lucky this year.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2006 at 7:36AM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Witchhazel is showing yellow and leaf buds getting ready to pop one old honeysuckle.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2006 at 10:11AM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

i've never planted bulbs until this past fall. they are suppossed to be early spring blooming but I notice some of the alliums are growing -- I've got little plants several inches high in some spots. is this bad?

my weeping pussy willow has also begun to bloom.

i am pretty new at gardening so any help is appreciated.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2006 at 10:48PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

No worries, sugar magnolia.
Well, I had to go out and look. You're right, the withhazels are starting to show a hint of color. Cool! And the honeysuckle had a bud spray open. It's still there in this cold. But the snowdrops are barely up if at all.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2006 at 4:24PM
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