njtea(NJ Z6)January 20, 2006

There's a dandelion blooming outside my office window!

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Loretta NJ Z6

Maybe I should go check the forsythias.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 5:03PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Ah, yes the forsythia - I'll look tomorrow. Might they be ready for forcing?

As I was walking the dog this afternoon, I could see something greening up down along the brook, but it was quite a distance so I couldn't tell what it was. At first I thought it might be barberry but then I saw some along the roadside that showed no sign of green. Maybe multiflora rose or honeysuckles?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 6:23PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Well I had to walk around the yard today and there is a lot happening! No forsythia in bloom but it is definitely time to cut them. Witch hazels are moving along and showing color. However the nicest, plumpest bunch of buds were on the ground and I am nervous I am going to have problems with the squirrels debudding my plants again this year.
Also a snowdrop galanthus nivalus is in full bud just ready to unfold - didn't notice it before. Saraccoca humilis buds are showing color. Bloody dock sent up some colorful but small leaves. Parsley,columbine, digitalis, arabis are sending up some leaves. Helleborus foetidus is budding as it does all winter and germinating as well. Petasites are sending up its buds now. Arum italicum is sending up leaves. Cyclamen hederifolium still has its leaves. Ilex verticulata Wintergold is full of berries still where Red sprite and Winter red have been picked over. Ilex serrata still has berries too - either Bonfire or Sparkleberry. And I see some roses are sending out small leaves which will probably get knocked off.
Now I am worried about the hydrangea macrophylla. If they break bud, I can forget seeing much on them this year.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 12:02PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Ok and a orange and purple viola! Winter is over! The new season starts.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 5:14PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Ok, so winter's not over but I see iris reticulata and crocus coloring up now.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2006 at 10:06PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

Yep, I've got a crocus too!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2006 at 7:32PM
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