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From:Date:Zone:
Joy26-Mar-03 06:16 AM EST 6a   
Susan26-Mar-03 07:26 AM EST 6a   
Joy26-Mar-03 08:33 AM EST   
Susan26-Mar-03 09:14 AM EST 6a   
charlene26-Mar-03 09:55 AM EST   
charlene26-Mar-03 10:00 AM EST   
charlene26-Mar-03 10:07 AM EST   
Joy26-Mar-03 11:43 AM EST 6a   
Lindy26-Mar-03 06:32 PM EST 8   
Susan26-Mar-03 06:47 PM EST 6a   
PatA27-Mar-03 01:35 AM EST 3a   


Subject: First flowers of Spring
From: Joy
Zone: 6a
Date: 26-Mar-03 06:16 AM EST

I am so happy to report that I have my first snowdrops this morning.

Spent the last three days working on my front garden and oh, what a lovely transformation from winter to spring. Lots of bulbs coming up, arabis, phlox, aquilegia, and antirrhinums all putting on growth. Now I can't wait to get to work at the back (but it's too soggy yet !)

I'd be interested in hearing how other people are doing.


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 26-Mar-03 07:26 AM EST

Joy - it sounds like your garden is a bit ahead of mine. I started a bit of clean-up on Monday but it's still too wet on my clay soils to work in the garden as I don't want to compact the soil. A few bulbs are showing their noses and the rhubarb is starting to grow. This time last year I had crocuses, snowdrops and hellebores in bloom - and I thought last year had a cold, late spring! I'm very anxious to really get in there and get busy but I'm going to force myself to wait another week as things are still far too wet on my property unfortunately. (I just keep telling myself wet is good because we need the groundwater for the summer drought....)


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Joy
Zone:
Date: 26-Mar-03 08:33 AM EST

I'm fortunate - my front garden faces south and has a fair slope to it, so it drains off fairly quickly. Back garden is a different story, I still have the odd patch of standing water, and quite a lot of frozen ground too, but I do have snowdrops out there in a bed along the back, which now gets sun all day and which is now thawed and drained. I notice you are in zone 6a too - I'm in Oakville, Ontario.


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 26-Mar-03 09:14 AM EST

Joy - we're in the same town... My front faces southeast but isn't quite as sloped as yours sounds. My backyard is quite wet, especially in my 'wet corner' where four properties all slope down to that area so it is very wet uring spring run-off. I haven't even tried getting in there to see what's happening as it's just TOO wet! We're on the west side about a block north of the lake. Further east the soil by the lake is sandy but we're definitely heavy clay here.


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: charlene
Zone:
Date: 26-Mar-03 09:55 AM EST

ARRRRRRRGGGG.... I'm so jealous of all you sunbelt people!! We here in the Ottawa valley are still under snow cover... will my crocus' ever show up??? stay tuned!


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: charlene
Zone:
Date: 26-Mar-03 10:00 AM EST

ARRRRRRRGGGG.... I'm so jealous of all you sunbelt people!! We here in the Ottawa valley are still under snow cover... will my crocus' ever show up??? stay tuned!


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: charlene
Zone:
Date: 26-Mar-03 10:07 AM EST

sorry about the double post.. not sure how it happened (but i am jealous enough to say it twice!!


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Joy
Zone: 6a
Date: 26-Mar-03 11:43 AM EST

I'm in Glen Abbey Susan, also on heavy clay. Everyone's garden seems to drain into mine. Hell in spring, but great in summer !

Charlene, I know just how you feel, I have been so jealous talking to my mother in England - she had her first flowers weeks ago, and has all her bulbs flowering now (with some finished already).


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Lindy
Zone: 8
Date: 26-Mar-03 06:32 PM EST

Sorry to dig it in deeper, Charlene...my snowdrops have come and gone. Onto daffodils and tulips now...rhodos are blooming and clematis leafing out. Magnolias have partialy opened buds. Don't fret...I'll enjoy them enough for all of you!! (I don't think I'll mention the spinach that is about 2" high)


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 26-Mar-03 06:47 PM EST

...cruel, Lindy, cruel.... :)


Subject: RE: First flowers of Spring
From: PatA
Zone: 3a
Date: 27-Mar-03 01:35 AM EST

To all, there is no sign of flowers in MY zone yet but as the snow melted away the last day or two it revealed six healthy shoots on my Fernleaf Peony so that's my spring picker upper for now! PatA


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