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Old 12-12-2007, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I planted my spring blooming tulips and irises as late as I could in November (actually the weekend after Thanksgiving) as advised in many gardening books and websites for this area. So of course, we are hitting near 80 the first three days this week, and naturally, the irises have broken ground this morning and confirmed my worst fears. I have just moved down here from CT and this would be my first year planting these bulbs. I never thought about them up north since the snow made sure they would not come up prematurely. Any advice from gardeners who had this problem with warmer than expected winters? Thanks for any tips!
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:15 PM
 
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I;ve lived here for many winters now and have seen this happend for probably 2/3 of them. There's not much to do about it. The problem is that if you cover the plants too heavily with mulch you risk encouraging rot.

I'd say leave them just as they are and hope that all goes well. At worst you will probably have leaf tips which will be nipped when it does turn cold. My iris and day lilies are coming up too. I don't think we have to worry about these plants not blooming.

We often have rhodedendron which bloom in the winter. If this happenes, there will still be a second and more prolific bloom in the spring.

I hope that you enjoy gardening down her as much as I do. It's one of my great Charlotte pleasures. I start getting a real high on as we move closer to March and planting time.
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Default Thanks BarbJ

Even if most books say don't worry about it, I'd take the word of someone who actually lives here before the books, anytime.

Appreciate the reply!
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