Lesley Ramsay, New Zealand

The Season

August 21, 2009
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Categories: Bulb Information, Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Intermediates, Planting, Show Results, Standards

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HellO everyone,

 

Please note the O!  Thanks for noting the error Dr Beck.  I could report that we are having a hello of a season here but that would get me into trouble too.  However it is not far from the truth.  We are exceptionally early – about two weeks ahead of “normal”, whatever that may be.  Being a slow learner it took me a while to figure out the reason.  Many commercial daffodil cut flower growers chill their bulbs prior to planting to persuade them to believe that Spring has come early.  Here in the Waikato Basin we were in a gigantic chiller during winter – the coldest since records were kept.  Heavy frosts were recorded for the longest number of consecutive days ever.  So when things warmed up the bulbs believed Spring was here and rocketed ahead.  The consequence is small flowers arriving well before the show season.  At present I could put up a fine entry in the intermediate classes – trouble is they are standards not intermediates!!!  And we have varieties in flower that we don’t expect until mid, or even late September.  We will see some unusual combinations of flowers on the show benches at our first major shows which are two to three weeks away.  And, unless things change, we will see some Irish and English varieties usually too late for exhibition appearing in the shows.  Just as well we kept these lovely things for a rainy (read cold Spring) day.

 

Oh well, as my Lady Wife keeps telling me seasons have a way of righting themselves.  I will do my usual inspection tomorrow morning and will try not to moan about the worst season ever during breakfast.

 

Cheers,

 

Peter

 

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One response to “The Season”

  1. John Beck says:

    HellO everyone,

     

    Please note the O!  Thanks for noting the error Dr Beck.  I could report that we are having a hello of a season here but that would get me into trouble too.  However it is not far from the truth.  We are exceptionally early – about two weeks ahead of “normal”, whatever that may be.  Being a slow learner it took me a while to figure out the reason.  Many commercial daffodil cut flower growers chill their bulbs prior to planting to persuade them to believe that Spring has come early.  Here in the Waikato Basin we were in a gigantic chiller during winter – the coldest since records were kept.  Heavy frosts were recorded for the longest number of consecutive days ever.  So when things warmed up the bulbs believed Spring was here and rocketed ahead.  The consequence is small flowers arriving well before the show season.  At present I could put up a fine entry in the intermediate classes – trouble is they are standards not intermediates!!!  And we have varieties in flower that we don’t expect until mid, or even late September.  We will see some unusual combinations of flowers on the show benches at our first major shows which are two to three weeks away.  And, unless things change, we will see some Irish and English varieties usually too late for exhibition appearing in the shows.  Just as well we kept these lovely things for a rainy (read cold Spring) day.

     

    Oh well, as my Lady Wife keeps telling me seasons have a way of righting themselves.  I will do my usual inspection tomorrow morning and will try not to moan about the worst season ever during breakfast.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Peter

     

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