Thanks, Francelle. That's helpful.
I wonder what is at work in the reduced budcount
you are noticing. With the forced run into bloomseason you seem to be
having--temps too high too soon? I wonder if that is the factor at
We here in this area are at the opposite pole of
pace. Our spring is being delayed by prolonged cold snaps with gentle
warming in the high fifties, low sixties between. The irises here in the
elevated areas are now up to about six inches fan height on TB's, growing with
good, deep color, but no dwarfs showing buds or bloom yet.
The earlier areas down on the Piedmont below the
Blue Ridge--such as the Greenville/Spartanburg/Greer area, or Linda Mann's
microclimate on the Tennessee River low country area SW of Knoxville--are about
a week ahead of our area if not more in most years. I haven't heard
any of them comment on season other than Linda, but the crocus and reticulatas
were appropriately ahead of ours by the normal amount.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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