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Re: Signs of Spring

no spring here.... last night it was minus 10 degrees then add the wind
chill.... we are in a real cold snap and are breaking records....  for temps
and longest times under freezing.... burrr... and no relief in sight till end
of next week... sigh.


----- Original Message ----
From: Andrea Hodges
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Monday, February 5, 2007
5:09:17 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Signs of Spring

The only signs I've seen are
the robins flocking to my yard. I always forget 
how big they actually are til
I see them each spring. The Azaleas are 
budding up (some are blooming) and
all of the Magnolia soulangeanas around 
town are putting on a show. It's a
bit early for them so they won't be 
adding their color to the real show later
this month and early in March. I'm 
just ready for it to be warm. Not hot, but
warm. The days are getting longer 
though and that ALWAYS makes me smile.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT"
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday,
February 05, 2007 12:55 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Signs of Spring

> For the first
time in a month, the weather turned gorgeous on a weekend
> we had no plans.
Woo-hoo! I was out raking leaves (again) in the front
> when I saw crocus
blooming in the lawn. I must have planted those 10
> years ago, but the blooms
fade so fast the timing has to be just right
> for me to see them. I needed
the cheer too because the garden scenario
> could be better.
> I finally got
to prune and dormant oil the fruit trees. But while I was
> digging out a
stubborn clump of grass near my newest peach, the whole
> tree shifted. Oh
that's bad, I thought, and a little digging revealed a
> huge gopher hole and
no surface roots on the peach. It still has a tap
> root. So we set a trap and
I tried to settle the tree as best I could,
> but I have a bad feeling about
it. Then I checked the remaining jujube -
> I lost the first one last year to
gophers - and sure enough there were
> no roots at all, the whole thing just
lifted right out of the ground.
> Okay, no jujubes. Two established trees, a
Santa Rosa plum and a peach
> have bad damage from what looks like fruit tree
borers. I know I need to
> pay  more attention to them with sprays and all but
the whole thing was
> pretty discouraging. I did decide to get a couple new
trees (instead of
> just giving up) but I have got to come up with some kind
of gopher
> barrier and at the moment I have no clue what to do.
> So while I
was raking out six feet of leaves off the front garden beds,
> I noticed HUGE
gopher mounds in there too. Huge, I tell you, at least
> two feet across and a
foot high. We must be breeding some kind of
> smart-gopher because there were
no mounds at all around the peach tree,
> I would have seen it, so they are
figuring out where it's safe to build
> cities and where they need to be
> And things keep looking worse from the deep freeze, as I go on
there is
> more damage apparent, but we'll see what happens in spring. Many
> in the front beds that normally have leaves through the winter now
> freeze-dried, but they are perennial so I am figuring on regrowth when
> it warms up. The bigger rosemary bushes look unaffected but the
> prostrate
rosemary does not look so good. I have not seen growth from
> the amaryllis
belladonna at all, and there should be lots of it. Foliage
> on another winter
bulb...ummm...galanthus?,is completely limp. But the
> nandina looks very
pretty, it is a deeper red than I've ever seen it.
> One of our ewes is
showing signs of lambing within a couple weeks and
> hopefully the other two
won't be too far behind. Our fingers are crossed
> for no drama this year,
last year was bad and we do not want to have to
> assist in any deliveries.
Oh yes, signs of spring. Besides the crocus, we have started getting the
occasional egg from the chickens, and my ash trees have big fat buds for
their version of flowers. And the horses are shedding. I would have
> thought
they'd wait for warmer weather but no. This could be really
> entertaining as
I pulled enough hair to knit myself a new pony out of
> just one little area -
when it really starts coming out we could be
> buried. Horsehair cushions
> Cyndi
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