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Re: blooms on easter sunday

In a message dated 04/20/2003 6:05:52 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
jsinger@igc.org writes:

> gardenias, purple spathoglottis ground orchids [pink ones have buds], 
> african iris, verbena, sugar apples and atemoya, and one of my philodendron 
> selloums has about six flower buds on it. never had one bloom before. the 
> buds suggests it will look a lot like a clumsy peace lily or calla lily. 
> but probably a lot uglier. caladiums are coming up everywhere [in the 
> nurseries, too], which is another sign we're heading into the wet season; 
> most of those we planted last year are back and i expect others to come 
> along also.

What an impressive display, Jim!  That's another world.
Here in New York we are showing lots of color with forsythia everywhere.  It 
isn't really a beautiful flower, but after the long winter the bright color 
does cheer things up.  I also have Carolina jessamine, which looks a bit like 
a timid forsythia.  My pink magnolia is very full of buds, but I'm sure we 
will have a killing frost before they open.  It gets to open its blooms about 
one year in seven.  Early daffodils are blooming - I have 'Topolino,' 'Jet 
Fire,' 'Peeping Tom,' 'Split,' 'Ice Follies,' 'Jack Snipe,' and a white 
trumpet that I have lost the name of open now.  Many more to come.  A few 
species tulips open - can't grow many because of the deer.  Lots of small 
bulbs - Greek Anemones, Iphieon, Chionodoxa (sp?), Scilla.  A few violets, 
both purple and white, in protected places.  My pulmonarias are beginning to 
open, and are presenting a problem.  I have quite a few varieties, but they 
all seem to be spreading and seeding around.  I don't mind - love to have 
them - but how will I know what is what, and will they revert to something 
basic, or will I have new hybrids?  Epimediums are showing buds, but have 
several days to go yet before I see blooms.  The hellebores have been out for 
a couple of weeks - on one clump I counted 28 flower stems with 3-to-6 blooms 
on each stem.  It's a pity they are such an unattractive color.
So, as I said, it is a different world.  However, we do appreciate small 
favors so much - we probably get as big a thrill out of our first daffodils 
as any of your exotics.

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