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Re: Spring...

More yoyo weather.  After three storms inthe past month, we are
finally having very warm weather - hazy but almost sunny.  Everything
is bursting into bloom.  Forsythia is at least three weeks ahead of 
its usual schedule.  Magnolias are in bloom all around the area - and
mine that has been nipped by frost more years than it has bloomed is
ready to pop. I am still depressed that there seem to be no buds on the
dogwoods this year - I can't find one anywhere.  Our end of the road is
practically a grove of dogwoods, and is usually spectacular in the 
spring.  We have lost many since we moved here 40 years ago, but
still have fifteen or so, and there are many more in the woods beside
the road. I noticed this morning that the Shad bush (Amelanchier) that
grows in a cleft on top of the large boulder beside our driveway is in
bloom.  When we moved here on May 1, 1970, this small tree was in
bloom, and it has usually bloomed near that date.  This is the earliest
I can remember that it has ever bloomed.  Don't know what that says
about the season ahead.
I planted my peas this weekend- about two weeks late, and I'm afraid
we'll have an early summer which will put an end to pea production
before it gets started.  There was no way I could plant them any
earlier - we were under snow on St. Pat's day, which is the usual
planting day, and had two rain storms since that kept the ground
too wet for me to be able to get to the area.

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