Monday, February 17, 2014

Presidents Message - Winter 2014

Feb. 17, 2014

This winter, as you all know has been substantially colder than normal.  Now when the thermometer hits 25 degrees, it feels like a spring day, depending upon the WIND!!!

Bird feeder with snow
Yes, old man winter seems to have his grips on us, with no end in sight, but, calculating the start of spring, it is approximately a month away, the count down begins!!!

Is everyone done planting????  There are a few I know that are not, and awaiting a break in the weather is constant on those minds.  Planting this late can be problematic, i.e. planting one day @ 55 degrees, and 7 degrees the next, literally, one runs the risk of the bulbs completely freezing @ about 22 degrees, if the bulbs have not rooted, doing irreversible damage.  The rooting process pumps out the excess moisture, then the dissolved solids left in the bulb acts as  anti-freeze.   Mulching over the planting area will help, and snow cover will also help with its insulating properties.  Yes, I am one of the late planters!!!

With all this winter, color can not come soon enough!!!  The presentations for our first kick-off meeting by Bob Skaggs and Dave Niswonger was very welcomed and appreciated.  Thanks to Bob and Dave!

Cindy Haeffner, President
Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society

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