winter Daffodils

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Clump on left was spotted in late December. It’s located at the 15th Ave NE / NE 40th street entrance to the University of Washington campus. Most years I spot this clump blooming in January. This was actually the very first time I’ve noticed any Daffodils blooming before January.

Clump on the right seen today in Madrona.

Palm tree seedlings

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Windmill palm seedlings transplanted to larger containers for the coming spring and summer.  The seeds germinated over August, into September and October. They spent the fall and winter in a seedling tray. There’s about 70 seedlings, they’re really easy. I collect the seeds from now and into February. I wait until the bean-shape seeds fully ripen into a blackish color, mid-winter in Seattle.  Another person I know collects the seeds from Thanksgiving into December while they’re still green, but I’d recommend waiting until they’re mature and black. My germination rate was around 80-90% for what it’s worth. BTW, these seedlings are from last years seed.

February flowers

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February pink, yellow and white flowers, Capitol Hill
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Nootka rose seedlings

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In late September I collected Nootka Rose hips from the bluff above Puget Sound at the Kingston Ferry. I squeezed the seeds out of the hips and surface planted them in 4″ pots. I left them uncovered, outside in full sun all autumn and winter. The seeds germinated in late January and early February. Previously I read wild rose seeds can take up to two years to germinate, but these were really quick and easy. It looks like there’s a mix of red and green stems, so it will be interesting to look for genetic diversity as they grow. I’m already excited to do more next year.

Nootka rose seed germinating

Nootka rose seed germinating

Meyer lemon

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Citrus × meyeri, Meyer Lemon. These nine are the second crop I’ve harvested from this tree over the winter. I pulled all the fruit off because I wanted to make more energy available for vegetative growth. This tree enjoys a nice microclimate on the south-facing side of the house. During cold snaps it’s moved into the garage for nights, or days too if it’s below freezing. Meyer lemon is tough as nails so long as kept outdoors in sun. I once had one drop all the leaves after enduring January snow and freezing weather, and it sprouted lush new growth after the temperature warmed up later in the year (not unlike a deciduous tree).

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winter’s last stand?

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IMG_6215Winter returned during the first week of February after a solid month of temperatures generally above freezing and sings of spring. Thankfully in Seattle the temperature didn’t fall as low as initially forecasted. The low at Boeing Field was 21, still in Zone 9. Time will tell if the budding plants are okay or not…

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first daffodils

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Presenting the first blooming daffodil of the 2014 season that I found. January 24, 2014. The location is Capitol Hill’s Summit Slope Park/Unpaving Paradise p-patch near Olive Way.

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