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16447Re: [AZ] FFF in NoVA

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  • bsperling
    Apr 14 4:27 PM
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      Yes, 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!!!!
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: azaleas@yahoogroups.com <mailto:azaleas%40yahoogroups.com>
      > [mailto:azaleas@yahoogroups.com <mailto:azaleas%40yahoogroups.com>] On
      > Behalf Of
      > bsperling
      > Sent: Monday, April 11, 2011 9:42 AM
      > To: azaleas@yahoogroups.com <mailto:azaleas%40yahoogroups.com>
      > Subject: [AZ] FFF in NoVA
      > 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
      > but
      > 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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