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Re: today in zone 7

Chris, you're not that far south of me, but you're ahead of me in lots of 
ways, but my daffs are starting to make quite a show.  It was a really
beautiful day here.  Temps in the high 60s and brilliant sunshine.  I 
worked out a couple of hours, but since I have a District Garden Club
Meeting tomorrow where our club will be receiving awards, I tried not
to do things that would make me too sore.  Don't want to limp up like
the old woman I am to receive the awards.
I did clean up one bed in front of the house.   Took off the old oak 
leaves that choke the bulbs coming up.  Cut back the old foliage on
a large patch of Epimedium.  This bed requires more contortions 
than most since we have it strung with fish-line to protect it from deer.
Then I went to the vegetable garden.  Limed my lettuce bed, as it was
becoming quite mossy, and planted several rows of lettuce.   The peas
we planted a couple of weeks ago are beginning to come up - I planted
several varieties and they are showing different rates of germination.
The heavy wet snowfall a couple of weeks ago took the top 12-15 feet
out of a curly willow tree - right across the middle of the garden.  I spent
some time cutting branches that I will take to the District Meeting 
tomorrow for anyone who wants them for flower arrangements or orchid
supports or to root.  This tree was rooted from a cutting some years 
ago.  There's still a lot more to be disposed of - don't know just how
I'll manage it.
I was distressed to find that my Sweet Autumn Clematis seems to be
totally dead - rotted off at the root.  This vine has been  quite spectacular
for the past fifteen or more years.  I can't think what was different this 
year that would cause it's demise.  It's interesting how different plants
respond to different weather conditions.  A year ago when we had an
extremely bitter winter some things suffered but most looked pretty 
good.  This winter has not been as cold, but several things look as if
they have not survived.  Oh well.  Better get my beauty sleep for 
tomorrow's meeting

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