SPRING 2018 TULIP & DAFFODIL TRIALS
I’ve been planting tulips and daffodil bulbs in my Marin County backyard trial garden every December for almost twelve years. The plants come into flower in the months of February through April, a time when temperatures have the potential to climb into the 70s and low 80s; but these are also Northern California’s rainy months, and at times, like the past week, means we also experience occasional hail and gale force winds.
NO MIRACLE MARCH – BUT WELCOME, JUST THE SAME
Record-breaking storms last year ended the state’s historic five-year drought, but scorching, dry weather — including the hottest opening day in World Series history, 103 degrees in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 — vaporized a lot of the gains. Dry conditions from December through February pushed nearly half of the state back into at least moderate drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
DROUGHT SOLUTION FOR GROWERS
Bulbs are an excellent choice in the garden of the future, and with their natural moisture storing structure, most bulbs tend to be more drought resistant than plants without this adaptation. In our record-breaking California drought, with little precipitation and night temperatures noticeably higher here in the Western and Southern parts of the country, landscapers and gardeners must change what we plant, but also when we plant and how deeply we dig.