I’m glad to hear the reports about early spring blooms in Georgia. I’m sitting in my rain-sodden house in Gladstone, Oregon. It hasn’t been extremely cold this year, but we did have about 10” of snow in January. The Daphne Odorata, Grape Hyacinth and Forsythia aren’t blooming yet. I wonder how the test gardens in Shreveport, Louisiana are doing with all those tornadoes tearing through.
I’m thinking about the gardens in the Central California Coast like Kim’s and the San Simeon Estate Garden that rarely get frost but probably have mildew. The Huntington Library Rose Garden and large cactus garden are probably blooming now. Is there anything left of the Jewel Stein Estate in Beverly Hills?
I’m looking forward to some of my 2-year old crosses having a good show of blooms. I have a new yellow rose with some cresting I’ll be waiting for right away. I have an odd tall rose called H11-15, a cross of Reach for the Skies (17A-03 CL X Darlow’s Enigma) that I want to plant. I have about 100 seeds planted from last year’s crosses in my Garden Room, but none have sprouted yet.
My wife is doing the pruning this year because I’ve been having chemo treatments and not feeling well, but I’m still here.
[color=#0000BF]John Jelinek, Gladstone, Oregon
Zone 7 Mid-Coastal Oregon, Willamette Valley[/color]