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 Post subject: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Rather late this year the witchhazel Jelena can flower here as early as late December as as late as late February. Decidedly late this year but always welcome in the winter time. The next one to flower is usal;;y Arnol;d Promise, a yellow and all the rest follow in short order. They stay in flower until April so they pay their rent.

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:02 pm 
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Beautiful! I planted one on a previous property and LOVED it, though I don't remember the cultivar now. I've meant to get another for years, but I want to buy one when its in flower and it rarely occurs to me to go to any nurseries this early. lol.

I've also worried I don't have a sunny enough spot, but I do have several of the fall blooming ones growing naturally, so maybe my concerns are invalid.

Anyway, I really enjoyed the picture! Love witchhazels!


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:42 pm 
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Jeff - That 'Jelena' gets a fair bit of sunshine, here they need at least a half day of full sun as we are at lat. 44 and we get a lot of fog. You may get away with a lot less sun and still have them flower heavily.

The autumn flowering one - H. virginiana - is native here as well. It will flower in dense shade but not so heavily. The flowers are so small you have to go looking for them. Fragrance is pleasant though.

Be nice to have a whole collection of them as there are some new German ones - lavenders and all sorts of shades. Google Rarefind Nursery in NJ, they have a dynamite selection and a festival coming up.

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 9:06 pm 
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various heather forms, dandelions, crocus, the dwarf variety of daffodil and a few lawn weeds are in bloom.

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:38 am 
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Snowdrops poking up here but they were doing that back in December! Viburnum 'Dawn' showing colour.

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:09 am 
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Redbuds, plum, flying dragon (white) all flowering nicely...

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viridistriatus patches waking up

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:41 am 
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Alot of plants blooming here, but the tulips stand out the most right now.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 9:46 pm 
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Acer palmatum 'beni maiko' is showing off it's early spring color.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:38 pm 
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Western Skunk Cabbage is blooming. If it didn't smell so bad I'd grow it as an ornamental near the house. It has a tropical look that I like.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:57 am 
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Nice big Lysichitons there. By all means get the white one, it's one size down but flowers in March here with the yellow one and sometimes crosses with it.

Here's a shot of both of them flowering very late in 2008, must have been a cold spring.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
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The white ones are gorgeous! I'm blessed/cursed to have my very own bog full of skunk cabbage, sedges, and lady ferns...oh and a few billion mosquitos. I'd like to add a few gunneras down here too eventually. Make it look like something out of the Jurassic era :D


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:28 pm 
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JWH - I got my white skunks L. camtschatcense from Siskyou Rare Plant Nursery in Oregon, that was quite a long time ago so they may not sell them anymore. The Japanese name is Mizu-basyo (Water-banana).

Here are the native skunk cabbages near me, quite sinister-looking. There is only one plant on my boggy land and I'm hoping it seeds about. A local seed company sells it but I seem to miss the seeds every year. A diifferent genus - Symplocarpus foetidus.

I bet I can beat you in the mosquito department - down where the land is there are 26 species of mosquitoes, May till early December non-stop.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 8:03 pm 
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One of the best Paeonias for colourful new shoots - Paeonia tomentosa.

Also the double bloodroot which is awfully late this year.


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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
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Pacific Rhododendron (Rhododendron Macrophyllum) is in full bloom. It's a dominant understory shrub/small tree around here. It's also my states flower.

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A couple months back I found this rhodie growing in the top of a dead old growth tree trunk. Never seen that before!

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 Post subject: Re: In Flower Now
PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 12:42 am 
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I think this a 'Haku Ookan' clematis, but the tag disappeared years ago so I can't say with certainty.

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Cut flowers are a deep violet indoors under fluorescent light.

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