Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bud and Bloom Notes


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."    Charles Dickens

 

Hello everyone and welcome to March!

It's getting close to that time of year when Bud and Bloom comments start to appear. 

Bud and Bloom comments in our availability are intended to keep our customers aware of our plants' activities. We go out and observe and try to consider what stage the plant will be in for the next week.  The comments are updated in our availability weekly and are sent out promptly. 

There are three stages the plant could be in for our comments:

Magnolia - budded
 
Budded- Just seeing the formation of buds and are in the early stages of swelling. The buds will be tight with no color.

Phlox - bud and bloom
 
Bud and Bloom- 50% of the buds are showing color and the remaining are fully open

Forsythia - bloom image
 
Bloom- Over 75% of the buds are fully open


After flowers are fully open the bloom comment then will be taken off.  When it arrives to the customer flowers will have dropped. Keep in mind that some plants stay in flower longer than others. This is also a generalized census and many other things can come into play with the effect of the plants normal behavior. These comments are for you to visualize how the plant will arrive. 
 
Above are some early spring flowering plants that will be first to catch your eye.

By Torrae Kolbeck, Inventory Manager, Loma Vista Nursery

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