Bloom Watch 2016

Bloom Watch Diaries 2016


July 20, 2016

Another Bloom Watch Comes To A Close

Thank all of you who attended Bloom Night and sent me pictures of your bloomers. Hopefully all of you had a good time. This has been delayed due to the late forming flowers and the final bloom. The last flower bloomed last week, which gave us a total of 72...

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June 15, 2016

This Weekend: Bloom Night?

I checked and measured all the buds on Friday and found the majority to be in the 40mm to 45mm range. I figured the weekend would be safe because they seemed to be stuck in stall and they just couldn’t get there in two days. I actually figured they wouldn’t...

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June 9, 2016

Bloom Watch #6 – To Bud, or Not to Bud

I just got back from communing with The Queen and boy is it hot. Last week it looked like there was one flower breaking stall. It was at 45mm and started to move and made it all the way to 50mm before she stopped again. Monday I checked and measured...

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June 2, 2016

Bloom Watch #5 – Six Degrees of Maturation

After the long Memorial Day weekend, the major change I’m seeing is more buds moving into the stall stage of development. It appears that last week’s stalls are going to wait for more buds to catch up. There are 7 new starts and one that looks like it is about...

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May 26, 2016

Bloom Watch #4 – New Buds Take Shape

It’s been another week and there are some nice changes. I was out of town part of last week and was surprised to see that the Queen has been busy. There are several new buds, but the most interesting thing is there are now as many new buds as there...

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May 20, 2016

Bloom Watch #3 – Hope For The New Growth

Last week I told you that Jessie Byrd, the Pima County Native Plant Manager, contacted me. I just wanted everyone to know that I made another one of my major blunders. I spelled her name incorrectly and misidentified her as a he. My deepest apologies to Jessie and everyone who...

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May 12, 2016

Bloom Watch #2 – To Bloom Too Soon

As I had mentioned last week, one of the Queens had a bud in stall status and that I would be watching her closely to see if it would hold and go with the rest. Regretfully, no. She must have heard that Elena Acoba is writing an article on the...

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May 4, 2016

Bloom Watch #1 – She Shall Overcome: Beating The Odds

Hi everyone. I hope you’ve had a good year. The time has come, and the Queen is beginning to wake. I have been watching our Peniocereus greggii plants all winter and our collection isn’t as vigorous as I’d hoped. It seems the winter rains were not enough to spur them...

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