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First Dutch crocus, Chionodoxa, Siberian squills: spring has sprung! Heavenly 60F

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Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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Gwendolyn April 3, 2009, 1:44 pm

Wow- in Zone 5A the crocuses and snowdrops are up but not happy. No Daffs or anything else yet. Forecast is 3-7 inches of snow for Sunday- ugh.

Gwendolyn’s last blog post..Uncover, prune and remove

Kathy Purdy April 3, 2009, 2:36 pm

It’s amazing how much variation there is even in the same hardiness zone. I would call our climate Zone 5A, too. Twenty years ago, I would have said solid Zone 4.

Sue April 3, 2009, 4:54 am

I’m glad your bulbs are coming up. I think my chindoxias are blooming. I thought they were the Dutch Iris, but they have cute little blue flowers. I plan to post them when I get a chance.

We’re supposed to get snow this weekend. I hope that changes. My hyacinths and more daffs are going to open any day now.

Sue’s last blog post..SkyWatch Friday-Part 2, a close-up of the tree house

Scott Supak April 2, 2009, 4:27 pm

I’m new to the area, and I’ve been looking over your posts with much interest. I planted peas on St. Patty’s day, as is the tradition of “extreme” gardeners up here, or so I hear. A few of them are poking shy heads up, but it’s till pretty cold at night. I’ve put some plastic over them to cheat a little…

Thanks for the resource. I’ve subscribed to the feed and am looking forward to hearing more. Now I have to go bring those seed trays back in before the hardening off gets too hard!

Kathy Purdy April 2, 2009, 7:03 pm

If you managed to plant peas on March 17th, you live in a warmer climate than I do. We usually don’t plant until mid-April. Glad you’re enjoying the website, and thanks for subscribing to my feed.