16447Re: [AZ] FFF in NoVA
- Apr 14, 2011Yes, Dave, but Coral Bells opened today, 6.5 days later than the average
of the previous 14 years. So, down here we're still running late
(actually, that's a characteristic of my life. Hmmmmmm......).
Barry, 10 mi S of DC
David Nanney wrote:
> Let 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.
> Dave Nanney
> Springfield, Va.
> 86 wonderful degrees and SUNNY!!!!
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> Hi All!
> 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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