Bulbocodium vernum

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Lori S.
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Bulbocodium vernum

It's always my first flower of the year, here in the far north! The flowers emerged on Tuesday, and I'm told they opened today in the sun. I missed it!
(But, despite the first flowers, it will snow a few more times here before winter is over!)

Hoy
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I have some of this but they are never the first to flower. Today I had time to take a stroll in the garden, all the snow has gone - from 50cm a week ago. Quite a few species is in flower or almost so. Different crocuses, spring snowflake, chrysospleniums, snowdrops, some shrubs and the earliest daffodils are 15cm (normally flowering at this time). The bald cypress, coast redwood and other trees and shrubs have taken the cold weather unharmed. Only two or three Rhodos look bad. A nice day!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Well, you are farther north yet!  In this inland continental climate, though, the crocuses (the next to bloom) won't start until around mid-April.  
We did have snow overnight, but with a cool but sunny day, the bulbocodiums are open!   :)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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They are more showy than I remember mine to be. Seems that I have to get hold of some more to try other places in the garden!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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I've tried them a couple of times but they don't survive in Newfoundland...I figured they just were not hardy enough but that does not seem to be the problem based on yours in Calgary!  I have a single crocus open and the snowdrops are half-open.  Still half the garden is covered in snow.  We are struggling to have day temps to 4-5 C but it drops below freezing every night.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Lori S.
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Where were you able to get them from, Todd?  I've had people ask about where to get them, and the only (Canadian) source I know of is Fraser's Thimble Farm ($5 each).  Mine don't seem to form seed - saw one honeybee yesterday, but not too many bees around in the earliest spring days.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Boland wrote:

I have a single crocus open and the snowdrops are half-open.  Still half the garden is covered in snow.  We are struggling to have day temps to 4-5 C but it drops below freezing every night.

Not much warmer here, today we have had 8C and a little sun. But the sun is never very hot even without clouds. Still a lot of plants have sprung to life! Last sunday I had between 40 and 80cm of snowcover, today nothing is left. The snowcover is replaced by bulbs. Not all in open flower yet but soon.... Have to watch my steps, my feet are too big.

My old autofocus camera doesn't do justice to the sight!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Wow, lookin' good, Trond!  Things are far advanced there compared to here.  Leucojum is something I've always meant to try but that has eluded me... wait, did I finally plant a package last year??  Hmm, must check my records and keep an eye out for them, if so.

Here's an earlier-than-normal crocus open today(!), and a honeybee visiting the bulbocodium (maybe I will get seeds?)  The bee has a reasonable collection of pollen on its legs so I gather it's been able to find something else in bloom... willow catkins, perhaps?  (Not many people grow spring bulbs around here... well, not in view, anyway.)  I believe the crocus is some cv. of C. chrysanthus... funny, we kept records of all the tulips we planted over the years, but no specific records (i.e. location, #'s, year) of the smaller bulbs, yet it is the small bulbs that have rewarded us by naturalizing and colouring the early days of spring.  

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Boland
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Lori, my Bulbocodium did come from Fraser thimble.  I have not had luck with leucojums either...in my case they are eaten by the larvae of narcissus fly...they are devastating in St. John's.

Trond, amazing how fast your bulbs appear....I will have plenty myself but it will be late April before I see them as thick as yours....we are expecting 4-6" snow here on Wednesday so spring will have to wait a few weeks longer I'm afraid.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Boland wrote:

Trond, amazing how fast your bulbs appear....I will have plenty myself but it will be late April before I see them as thick as yours....we are expecting 4-6" snow here on Wednesday so spring will have to wait a few weeks longer I'm afraid.

Well, we have had no frozen soil (do you have a special word for it? We call frozen soil "tele" in Norwegian) and the bulbs and other spring plants get an early start. But lack of (strong) sun often makes the plants long.
I hope we don't get snow here now, but we can have snowfall as late as middle of April.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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We often have snow in May....last year we had a significant snowfall on May 26.  Here is the perennial border at our Botanical garden and what is left of the last tulips of the season...didn't really do any serious damage but it looked depressing!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

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