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John S
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January 25, 2024 - 6:02 pm

I noticed a bunch of catkins on my filbert/hazelnut trees this afternoon.  The Cornelian cherries won't be far behind now.  Better get those last scions cut.

John S
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jafar
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January 25, 2024 - 6:11 pm

Yeah, it seems like there is tender growth on my loquat, which is surprising just a few days after temperatures in the teens.

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Larry_G
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January 26, 2024 - 11:47 am

Despite the recent arctic week, a Garrya bush in this neighborhood has fully-formed catkins

that are shedding pollen when disturbed, right on  time.

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John S
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February 17, 2024 - 3:21 pm

Daffodils and crocus have been blooming for a week or more.  Cornus mas/Cornelian cherries are in full bloom.  Many fruit trees now have full green buds, and the flowering buds are showing their white or pink colors.  I saw a week or so ago, but it got cold again so I haven't seen any more.  Better get going on my pile of teasel to make them into mason bee homes.

John S
PDX OR

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Dannytoro1
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February 25, 2024 - 6:01 pm

I am glad February arrived and more plants have flowered. We have some of the few stands of old growth Red Maples. And the sounds of tens of thousands of bees buzzing around last month was getting annoying. Though at least we know the local bee population is robust.

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John S
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February 25, 2024 - 6:14 pm

I can smell the Daphne. Beautiful! 

My Hollywood plum is now flowering. I've got to finish my mason bee housing.  Give them a place to stay.

John S
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Larry_G
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February 26, 2024 - 12:18 pm

deniasa:

The garrya mentioned above currently shows extensive cold damage, and all the catkins fell off

some days after the cold spell. Curiously, I could not find any catkin remains on the ground.

The plant is about 10 feet in all directions and is planted under a large deciduous tree.

I believe it is a male as the catkins are several inches long. Another garrya bush closer to home

has 2-3" catkins, likely a female. I have not walked past that bush recently.

I have no pictures of these bushes. Although considered semi-hardy, the plants apparently

do OK long-term in portland. Fruits are said to have medicinal uses but are not palatable.

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John S
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February 28, 2024 - 2:58 pm

You can see the willows leafing out now. They are usually among the first trees to leaf out.  You can even see the tree becoming yellow just before it leafs out.

John S
PDX OR

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