Re: [AZ] FFF
- Hi John,
I think that if the winter temps average around 10°, 5° or 0° the
plants may not be able to tell the difference in January while they are
However if (here in VA) there are a lot of days in the upper 40s or 50
in January followed by normal February and March temps then I think that
that extra boost will allow them to open earlier. HOWEVER, I haven't
actually gone back with a year by year analysis in that way. I was
doing a linear regression with winter temps and precip but didn't follow
up with the idea from the first sentence in this paragraph.
> Same here in Salem, NH. The bloom season started late and then the heat
> and rain pushed the late things forward.
> More and more I believe first bloom has nothing to do with winter
> temperature and merely indicates when spring tempeartures arrive and
> then accelerates depending on hotter or colder than normal spring and
> summer temperatures.
> John Perkins
> Salem, NH
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:azaleas%40yahoogroups.com>,
> bsperling <bsperling@...> wrote:
> > Hi Dave!
> > Thanks, and thanks for your work on the Pete Vines Legacy article
> > for the club's newsletter, the Clipper!
> > As for how the season went in Northern VA, we started out late with
> > Dayspring and Rose Greeley 6 days later than average and Coral Bells 5
> > days later.
> > The mid-season (mid-season for MY selection of plants) had Fawn 5 days
> > later than average and Prudence 3 days later.
> > Skipping over petal blight time: Shiryu-no-homare was 6 days later than
> > average, but Beni-kirishima was right on time. Later an Eikan was 6
> > days EARLY and T8-7 (a Gartrell hybrid) was 2 days early.
> > So, what we had was a compressed season (which is good for landscape
> > pictures and showing off) where a wide variety of plants are blooming
> > simultaneously, but bad in that the season we waited a year for was
> > short. Personally I prefer longer seasons ...
> > Barry
> > David Nanney wrote:
> > > So as you completed this year's analysis, how did the season play out?
> > > Other than all the petal blight, it seems pretty normal for the two
> > > weeks we were actually home….
> > >
> > > Thanks for your work on the Legacy article. I like how the photos
> came out.
> > >
> > > Dave
> > >
> > > *From:*email@example.com
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> > > Behalf Of *bsperling
> > > *Sent:* Thursday, April 11, 2013 10:26 AM
> > > *To:* email@example.com <mailto:azaleas%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > *Subject:* [AZ] FFF
> > >
> > > Hi All!
> > > The first full azalea flowers of the spring opened up on 2 Daysprings
> > > this morning so now the games' afoot!
> > > Despite the awful cold, windy spring today's opening was only about 6
> > > days later than average. I was expecting the plants to be running about
> > > 2 weeks late but this recent hot weather has caused a pleasant
> > > For the record, I write down the FFF of each of my 300 plants each year
> > > and have been doing so since 1996 (2000 for the Dayspring). It would be
> > > nice if the rest of the plants also were only about 6 days late. That
> > > would put the peak at about May 4.
> > > The "full" in FFF is based on the opening of a flower which is
> > > complete: no missing or deformed petals. The first flower on many
> > > plants is of this damaged type, but I wait for an undamaged one to
> > > As usual, anyone who wants to come by and see the plants is welcome to,
> > > but phone ahead. 7732 Schelhorn Rd., Alexandria, VA, 703-765-7062.
> > > You may see some views of the garden at its peak last year at:
> > >
> > >
> > > Barry