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Feb 29, 2020 12:01 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
It seems I never venture out to the north side of my house, but today I was walking my sis's puppy around and she wanted to go there... so I looked down the path and was AMAZED at my camelia bushes! I don't have sprinklers there and hardly ever see any color and practically no camelia blooms in Jan-Feb, but today there were blooms all over my bushes. It has to be the rain we had in December -- we only get on average about 6-1/2" every year and have been in a drought condition more often than not, but in December we managed to get a few direct hits and ended up with something like 2-3/4" for the month. And ever since it's been really green around here compared to other winters, although practically no rain... and of course now we've gotten exactly .01" of rain in February and are back into drought conditions again. And so it goes...

But I just had to pick some camelia blooms to float, and just looking at them on my kitchen island really perks me up. I'm sure ready for spring! Sighing!

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Feb 29, 2020 5:45 AM CST
Name: Tina McGuire
KY (Zone 6b)
Beautiful! A sight for sore eyes.
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Feb 29, 2020 6:03 AM CST
Name: Fred Manning
Lillian Alabama

Charter ATP Member Region: Gulf Coast I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Amaryllis Region: United States of America Garden Ideas: Level 2
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The State Ag Inspector came for a visit yesterday and we agreed this has been the wettest winter in resent memory. The daylily sprinklers have not been on since lining out in late Sept.
Photos taken 2/23/2020
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Feb 29, 2020 7:56 AM CST
Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4b)
Annuals Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeps Horses Dog Lover Daylilies Region: Canadian
Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Meanwhile, here in Canada Hilarious!

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Feb 29, 2020 8:03 AM CST
Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Illinois Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
And here in Illinois. No snow, but cold. Thanks for the warm breeze, Betty!
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Feb 29, 2020 11:02 AM CST
Name: Davi (Judy) Davisson
Sherrills Ford, NC (Zone 7a)
And in Savannah (site of this year's AHS National Convention) just yesterday....Spring is already here!!!

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Feb 29, 2020 11:16 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Oh, thank you so much for those beautiful pictures, Davi -- fantastic! Really perks me up even further! Lovey dubby Thumbs up

You're welcome, Steve, and I'm sorry that you-all are still in really wintery conditions. But maybe soon... And on another optimistic note -- Fred (Spunky1) is sending my plants next week -- YEA, I can't wait, and after seeing those pictures of his plants I'm even more excited! And I also just heard from Karen Pierce, and she's also mailing my Floyd Cove order next week too. So near the end of next week I'll be on cloud 9...

Love that puppy, Steve!

EDIT: I just now got an email from Patrick Guidry, and he's also mailing my plants on Monday! YEA!!!
Betty
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Feb 29, 2020 11:32 AM CST
Name: Jill
Baltimore, MD (Zone 7b)
Daylilies Hellebores Cat Lover Region: Maryland Garden Photography Butterflies
Bee Lover
I am so jealous that you will be getting your DL shipments already!
I was rather startled by your yearly rainfall amount. Average in Baltimore is 42 inches. With your heat your sprinklers must have to go like crazy for your plants.
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Feb 29, 2020 5:21 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Exactly -- and lots of hand watering, too!
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Feb 29, 2020 6:00 PM CST
Name: Tim
West Chicago, IL (Zone 5a)
Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Vegetable Grower
I'm glad I don't have to Swiffer that house every Saturday, @Davi. I was all set to be envious of those pictures, but my next thought after "I'm glad I don't have to Swiffer the house" was "and I'm glad I don't have to weed all that garden space tomorrow." Maybe I live in the perfect place for me, with the summer that's juuust right.

@Ahead. Nice puppy! Look how he/she keeps a paw on that stick. Nobody is getting that stick!
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Feb 29, 2020 6:11 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Wow, I knew California could be dry, but never seen the numbers. I think we had that much rain here in Ky in February! Can't grow camellias here though, just beautiful colors. Thank you for brightening the day for me. And congrats on getting your daylilies already! It will be a couple of months before mine come I guess. Sad
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Feb 29, 2020 6:29 PM CST
Name: Steve Todd
Illinois (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Region: Illinois Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hohoho

Sharp eyes, Tim! It has become the most very special stick of the day. We brought it home from the park...lol.
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Feb 29, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Name: Maryl
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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I thought my gardening friend in Lubbock Texas had low rainfall at 17" average, until I met my Santa Barbara friend at 7". We, like Fred, had way over normal in 2019, which made the blackspot on the roses run wild, but kept me from having to drag the hoses around in 100 degree temperatures to water my daylily pots every single day.............Betty your Camelias look lovely. They are fairly iffy in our zone. Sue: You can keep the snow. I really don't like it...... Nice looking dog Steve, and Judy: I think your pictures are just what I think about when I think of Savannah. White pillars, spanish moss and wrought Iron outdoor furniture. Beautiful.........Maryl in Oklahoma
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