Bloom Watch #1 – Hope Awakens

April 26, 2017

Hello everyone. Hope you all had a good fall and winter. Now that spring is giving way to summer the Queen is waking up and preparing for another season of ups and downs. Overall the collection looks pretty good, although a few have provided snacks for pack-rats. I believe they will recover and maybe even make a flower or two.

I started checking plants two weeks ago and only found one with the telltale fuzzy spots telling me the Queen is awake. The photos featured below show her progress. She now has ten buds in various stages from fresh fuzz to almost stall size. Looking at all the plants every couple of days has provided an ever increasing number of buds.

This could be an interesting year for the Queen, but I guess I say that every year. I’m ready for the excitement and aggravation that will culminate for the wonderful night of Bloom Night. Hope all of you will put up with my stories and be ready for the night and I look forward to seeing you all at the event.

I will report again in a couple of weeks unless the Queen makes a big ruckus and provides me with some extra interesting tidbits!

Until Next Time – Lee Mason, Director of General Services, Tohono Chul