Vol 75, Issue No. 2 (Spring 2017)
The View from Here by Ed Buyarski......3
Shakespeare’s Flowers, book review by Maedythe Martin.....5
Mrs. Brodhead’s Primula Revisited by by Jay G. Lunn .....9
Primula juliae in an Old Gardener’s scrapbook by Maedythe Martin.....11
Auriculas on a Balcony by Maedythe Martin.....12
A Beginner Blooms by Dean WieGert .....21
Remembering the Reverend C. Oscar Moreton.....23
APS National Show 2017.....26
Lynne Lawson and Jodie Mitchell at the National Show.....26
Officers of the Chapters.....31
The View from Here
Writing this a few days after the Spring Equinox, I have hope! Temperatures are finally getting into the 40’s and some pussywillows are blooming, along with a few witch hazel I planted last summer. Last year at this time we had no snow; crocus, snowdrops, hellebores and wild blueberries were blooming. We were eating fresh overwintered kale, and my peas and spinach were sprouting. This year we have two feet of snow on the ground, though it is melting finally. We had very cold, dry weather earlier this winter even as Portland, Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver have endured more snow and cold than usual.
Yes, I have seen Rhondda Porter and Michael Plumb's comments on unusual snowfalls on their semitropical island paradise. All I can say is that it teaches gardeners patience and humility. We can speak of the winter of 2017 with reverence, or perhaps grief if some of those tender, out-of-zone plants don’t survive.
In Southeast Alaska, gardeners are hoping that the cold, dry weather with no snow cover in January and February may result in fewer slugs and maybe even some spaces in the garden to plug in some new experiments. How’s that for optimism?
My wife and I left on March 7th at 4° F to visit our grandsons in Napa, CA. In the week we were gone, three feet of snow fell and luckily our house/ plant/dog-sitter was able to keep our place warm and greenhouses shoveled. Strangely enough, we saw a vendor selling perennials including auriculas and gold- and silver-laced polyanthus at an orchid show we attended! I couldn’t resist, so a few California-grown primroses came home to Alaska with me, and a few more orchids of course.
I have not heard our weather wizards predict what sort of spring and summer is ahead, but we have hope!