16388RE: [AZ] FFF in NoVA
- Apr 11, 2011Let it never be said that I am not competitive. Barry has his one FFF and
my Dayspring also showed its FFF yesterday. Also Dr. James Hitchner, Indian
Summer, and Quest welcomed spring yesterday. Today, Amy Bittinger joined
the celebration. I didn't remember it and really like the deep red blotch.
While Barry has years of data to back up his "predictions", for many years I
have simply estimated 100 days into the year as my target FFF. That let me
get through the longest month of the year (February) by simply adding the
days and subtracting from 100. I could manage two digits remaining better
than thinking about all the cold weeks and months to go. This year, it was
exactly 100 days into 2011 for the first hybrids to bloom.
Hope to see everyone in Evansville, Ind. In a couple of weeks for the ASA
convention. Should be fun.
86 wonderful degrees and SUNNY!!!!
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Subject: [AZ] FFF in NoVA
Tom Boswell wrote a book called "Why Time Begins On Opening Day" and
that is an appropriate phrase. The bulbs and ephemerals of early spring
were a prelude, but spring starts today with the first "opening day":
The first full flower (FFF) on Dayspring opened today. This is the
11th year I've had that variety and it is 5.5 days later than the
average of the previous 10 FFFs. The winter was cold and dry, the
spring was average with adequate moisture.
I'm not expecting another FFF from other plants today or tomorrow
most plants are well budded and, if the deer stay away and we don't have
days of cold rains in late April and early May the displays should be good.
Barry, 10 mi S of DC
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