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Re: Re: CULT: anticipation

On the third day after mulch removal, 51 of 73 pots are showing germination, among them 2 lots of seeds that I had marked as unripe, being harvested from rotted or accidentally detached pods. At this point, I'm anticipating some germination in every lot of seeds.

I continue to be impressed by the hardiness of these plants. Yesterday, I found that, after only one full day's exposure to sun and wind, the seedling pots were dried out to at least an inch deep. Not trusting the weather forecast, I gently watered them for two hours. The storm clouds dumped their loads elsewhere, and last night it dipped into the 20s. Today, the sprouts are hale and hearty and new ones have popped up.

Buds appearing now on several SDBs, so anticipate some bloom within a eek. -- Griff

Zone 7 along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, in Virginia

----- Original Message ----- From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@lock-net.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 12:31 PM
Subject: [iris] Re: CULT: anticipation

24oF here last night, but not too much damage, since it's been regularly chilly off and on, so not a lot of tender foliage out yet. I didn't bother to cover any of the irises or bring pots inside (other than this year's seedlings that were already up).

I go back and forth between despair over the lack of possibilities in surviving seedlings and enthusiasm over the possibilities in suriving seedlings <g> each time I walk the rows.

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