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Alberts Gardens – April 2006 Results

Alberts Gardens

Planting, emergence, bloom dates and bloom length will be listed on the table below as they become available in 2006..

Tulip Bloom Indicator

Alberts Gardens April 2006 Results

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Blue MarkerThe communities participating in Albert’s Gardens

Green MarkerWhen 20% of the tulips in the community bed emerge

Red MarkerWhen 20% are in bloom

Emergence = green tips showing through snow or soil
Bloom = fully open blooms

Mean Temperature In Ottawa April (1930-2005)Tulips and other flowers are sensitive to local annual climate variations. Many climate variables affect plant growth and flowering, but perhaps the most critical is the temperature during the 3-4 weeks preceding bloom. It is interesting, therefore, to look at a graph of Ottawa’s mean April temperatures from the 1930’s to 2005 (based on climate data from Environment Canada). There is variation from year to year, but a warming trend, which scientists predict will continue, is evident. Tulip bloom dates will likely be influenced by this trend.

Alberts Gardens table – 2006

Albert’s Garden site

Town/city

Planting Date

Date when 20% tulips emerged*

Date when 20% tulips bloomed*

Almonte Fall 2005 March 28 April 27
Athens Fall 2005 March 23 April 26
Bancroft Fall 2005 April 5 May 1
Beachburg Fall 2005 April 1 April 24
Carleton Place Fall 2005 March 28 April 23
Collins Bay Fall 2005 March 29 Not recorded *
Kingston Fall 2005 March 28 Not recorded *
Ottawa Fall 2005 March 26 April 28
Perth Fall 2005 March 28 Not recorded *
Picton Fall 2005 March 27   April 23 *
Renfrew Fall 2005 March 29 April 21
300 bulbs were planted in each garden* Picton: indicates at least 20% of  plants which survived damage by deer at this site
* Collins Bay, Kingston, Perth: deer damaged a significant number of the plants at these sitesEmergence = green tips showing through snow or soil
Bloom = fully open blooms
 
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