PNW Gardening forum: What would you say is in full bloom this week?

 
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ImageRarejem
Feb 17, 2010 10:40 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
I am starting a thread that I am going to use for a reference to hopefully compile a list for those of us in the PNW of what blooms when (thanks for the suggestion Joanne!) I am asking for your help. This forum is designed to have you post what is blooming heavily in your garden each week. Pictures would be great, but not necessary. I am going to try to compile a list of the plants that everyone posts, and produce a list of "approximate" bloom times for plants in the PNW. Please give me as much info about your location and zone that you can when you post so I can make as accurate a list as possible.

I was off today, so had a chance to wander the garden. I would say full bloom today (Week starting 2-14) for me incorporated my Heleborus Ivory Prince, Heleborus Double Queen Mix, Rhod. Christmas Cheer, and some winter blooming heather that I am going to try to find the tags for. I am a zone 6/7 at 500 foot elevation. Please add yours!!!

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ImagePixydish
Feb 20, 2010 11:41 PM CST
Lakewood, WA, USA
That is just beautiful, Julie!
This hepatica is in full bloom. Also all of my hellebores are in bloom. I forget what I've posted where. The Tete a tetes are also blooming, as is one of my hyacinths.

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ImageGwen
Feb 22, 2010 10:28 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
I just got home tonight after having been away with no computer access since the 17th. So I'm playing catch-up, which will take a while.

Great job on the monthly to-do list Julie and now this is another great idea. It was dark when I got home so I won't be able to go wander and see what's blooming til tomorrow. However, due to our lack of sun, we are often about 2 weeks behind everyone else in the blooming department.

It was amazing to see how many things are in bloom right now in the Bay Area. Gardens are in full flower and just gorgeous.
ImageRarejem
Feb 23, 2010 12:08 AM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Hi Gwen! Good to see you home. Hope you had a wonderful trip, and your Mom's birthday celebration was everything that you hoped it would be!

I have worked a bit tonight with an on-line database that I can acces from any computer that I use. This is just the beginning of my idea, and I hope that people will look at it, tell me if it works for them to download and manipulate, and then help me build it with input here.

My very very very start of a bloom time database can be found here:
http://cubits.org/PNW/files/get/2010-03-03/Rarejem/06e1a0.xl... if you have Excell,

or if you don't have Excell, in google on the Link section of the right side of this page.

I THINK THAT I HAVE IT WORKING NOW...CHECK THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE UNDER THE MOUNTAIN PIC!

Please let me know how it works for you to play with as I have never used this program before!

Thanks!
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ImageJan
Feb 23, 2010 3:11 PM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Are snowflakes blooms?
ImagePatti1957
Feb 23, 2010 6:05 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Julie, I can't get to the database. Anyone else having trouble?

Patti
ImageRarejem
Feb 23, 2010 6:28 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Jan, sorry, snowflakes don't count! Hang tight girl, we are trying to send some warm thoughts your way! Maybe you need to make another hat to receive them... wouldn't it be cool if we could melt just the snow in YOUR yard?

Please, if anyone else is not able to access the database I have started, let me know. This is the first time I have used google spreadsheets as I thought it would be easier for me to work on on multiple computers, but I will switch back to Excell if you can't get to them. The cool thing about cubits is that I can upload an excell spreadsheet to this site, and then make a link to it that everyone can access. The down side is that that would mean I would have to put excell back in my laptop as that is where I spend most of my home puter time... but that's easy to do.

Let me know... it's no good if it doesn't work!
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ImageJoy
Feb 24, 2010 3:04 AM CST
Name: Joy Wooldridge
Kalama, Wa. Zone 8b
I just get a message saying (My Gmail Address) doesn't have permission to view this database. Or something like that?

Joy
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ImageJan
Feb 24, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Crying No snowflakes allowed! I'm afraid to watch the weather forecast. More stuff tonight. It all depends on the track of the 3 LOWS that are converging as to how much we get in our area. AACCKKK!!!
ImagePatti1957
Feb 24, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Joy, that is the message that I get Confused

Patti
ImageRarejem
Feb 24, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Thanks for the input guys. Dave has promised us databases for cubits coming sometime in the future, but for right now, I will switch back to excell and just upload to this site with a link.

I am working double time this week as I am taking a class for the first part of each day, and then having to catch up on my real work with what is left of the day, so it will probably be next week before I can start to make any kind of inroads into my lists, but keep giving me info, so that when I have the time to get there I have lots to add!

And Jan, just to make you feel better, I think I will add a section for snowflakes! Thumbs up
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ImageMaukahound
Feb 24, 2010 9:21 PM CST
Name: Kate
Sammamish, WA
Hey Jan - s**wflakes are fickle winter flowers. Nice white, but kinda chilly.

Julie - you've been a busy girl. What's blooming here? Dafs, Lonicera, flowering plums, all hellebores, euphorbias, primulas, Daphnes & maybe my Edgeworthia: I'll have to check what else tomorrow - it's pretty dark out & wet.
Kate
ImageJan
Feb 27, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Well, we ended up with about 4" of s*flakes and most of it melted today. We do still have a lot piled up from the previous ones. Jeff had another snow day on Friday. More snow in the forecast this week depending on the track of the storm.

Thanks for the good thoughts.
ImageRarejem
Mar 1, 2010 8:26 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Jan, I soooo hope you thaw out soon!

OK guys, I think that I have my database thing figured out. I am putting links to the databases that I put together on the right side information box (underneath the mountain picture... in pink....). Right now, you should find a link to the Zone Key, which is how I am trying to differentiate our different areas.......if someone else has a better idea, please let me know cause it is kind of awkward, but I couldn't come up with a better idea.

You should also find my fledgling little bloom time database. I am going to be working on it tonight now that I am back in the world of the living and have figured out where to enter the info for everyone to be able to access it. Keep in mind that I am ONLY using information provided by our members here and on DG to keep this updated, so if you want it to be "all it can be" and be a useful tool, you all need to keep me updated on changes.

I am going to try to go back at least through my records and make bloom notes from last year. If anyone else has time to do the same and wants to add when stuff was in full bloom last year, I would love to put that info in as well. Obviously this winter qualifies as a mild one.... I would like to have data from a harsh winter season as well (I think that last year definitely qualifies) and eventually a "normal" season as well. I also could add a column for spring, ie. warm, cool, wet, dry, etc if people thought it would be helpful. Input please! Smiling
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ImageJan
Mar 2, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
You have been one busy bee! I appreciate all your hard work.

I see some daffs pushing their way up. Hurray!
ImageRarejem
Mar 2, 2010 2:19 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Jan---Any green versus white should make you jump with joy! Now a few warm days.......
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ImageRarejem
Mar 2, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
First of all a big "THANKS FOR THE HELP ". As far as I can tell, I have all of the information people have provided here entered into my baby database at this point. I have been working with Google documents, and although I can access it easily from any computer, it's functions are very limited (ie, right now in google, I can only sort by one column), so I will am going to change over to Excell and then upload the updates into Google for the people who don't have Excell .

So, you have two choices to access the Bloom Database at this point:
You can save the Excell format from the link to that version, or you can access and download the Google version from the standard link.

Please feel free to throw out suggestions, corrections, and keep your full bloom notes coming. These forums and my own observations are the only place I will be collecting information from, so the more thorough the info, the better our database will be. A note along the same lines... if you know the specific variety of your plants, it would be helpful to have if at all possible. For example, I have three corylopsis, and one is almost in full bloom, one is just starting, and one has tight buds still. I would love to have as detailed info as possible, so if someone were looking to add an early blooming versus a late blooming variety of a plant, it would be a good reference.

I have already gotten some very good input on my list, and I have decided that I am going to try to keep records by zip code AND my zone codes and see how that works. I will record the zip code that I took the data for that particular bloom zone from (trying to have only one entry per bloom zone or the list will end up being unwieldy). The "zone" concept is the hardest thing for me to wrap my brain around an easy way to do, so if anyone has any suggestions for an easier way, please help!

Along these lines, I would like to get zip codes from everyone the first time that they contribute, so I know where to put you.

Thanks again!
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ImageJan
Mar 4, 2010 3:05 PM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
Thanks, Julie. I was out doing some pruning and cleaning. I better get busy, I'm seeing new growth in places. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Imagemauryhill
Mar 5, 2010 9:56 PM CST
Name: Holly Boyajian
Vashon, Washington
Now blooming, and smelling so sweet: Osmanthus delayvii (sp?) and another Osmanthus whose name I am not sure of, x fortuneii or something like that.
ImageGwen
Mar 6, 2010 2:32 AM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Our cherry tree finally is in full bloom. We never get any of the cherries - the birds eat them all! This is the first of our fruit trees to blossom. The plums and apples come later.

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