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Re: I think it's spring
  • Subject: Re: I think it's spring
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:37:44 EDT

I was far too optimistic - misled by the one warm day.  I should 
have known better. The next two days were overcast, windy, in 
the 30s - really raw.  Today is a mixture of snow and rain with 
the temperature about 35.  Just lovely! And it is predicted to be
like this for most of the week.  I just hope we don't have another
flood downstairs. The floor tiles are already coming up, but Chet
insists we must do something about the drainage before he will
even consider doing something about the floor.  I'm just afraid he
(or I) will trip on the loose tiles.
At least we won't be going into the spring with drought conditions.
A dry spring can be a really bad start for the year.  All the local
reservoirs are full to capacity, for the first time in years.  An 
interesting note in the IES (Institute of Ecosystem Studies) 
newsletter says that even though the earth's climate is definitely
warming, and growing seasons are longer, the increase results
from later first frosts in the fall.  The last spring frost dates have
not changed.  Certainly this year will be an example.
In a message dated 3/21/2011 2:26:48 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil writes:

We had another weekend of bad weather. DH and I took leave on Friday so
we could go camping with the horses in the desert southeast of here. The
forecast said it was supposed to be better than home, so I hoped for the
best but it was not to be. Very windy and cold. We packed up and came
home on Saturday, and I found it was true that it was better in Joshua
Tree since it was REALLY miserable here. Sunday it rained the entire
day. Doesn't look like the rest of the week is going to be much better
but on the plus side, extra rain should extend the wildflower season. 
It's time to pull back the row cover and check on my snow peas. Maybe I
have spinach coming up by now too. Daffodils are almost all in full
bloom (if only they weren't flattened by wind and rain) and the roses
are just leafing out. I saw a few flowers on the erisymum too.
Everything else is holding back but it won't be long before the growing
explosion happens. 


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2011 3:20 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] I think it's spring

Bizarre weather.  The piles of snow are gone, washed away by the floods,
and today it's in the 70s.  I got down to the vegetable garden for the
time since December. I put in a short row of peas, since the ground was
quite thawed.  For the past two years I have had no crop of peas or
because the plants were eaten by some critter - probably a
time I started with a short row, and gave it a heavy treatment of a new 
offered by Park's which says it repels small pests. We'll see.  There's
point in planting when things get eaten before they can produce.  I'll
with squash and sunflowers when it's time to plant them - in the last
of years the seeds have been eaten right in the ground before they
chipmunks I think.
I spent some time trying to loosen the thich crust in the front flower

We had mulched with leaves last fall, as we usually do, but I guess it
because there had been a heavy snow pack since December, it has formed
a thick, brittle crust.  I've never seen it like that before. When I
it up
with my fingers, there is plenty of green life beneath, but no shoots
through.  Even hefty things like Hellebores were not making it.  
My Artemisia 'Powis Castle', which is not reliably hardy, seems alive,
does the Ruta graveolens.  I cut them back pretty sharply, for they had
very lush last year.  Here's hoping they survive.  I have already
plants from Bluestone, not expecting anything to survive the bitter
there will always be space for more.
I know there will be more cold weather, but it's good to have a break.

are just about dried out in the downstairs apartment after two separate
floods.  We have had floods before - maybe every seven or eight years -
never two in one season.  What a winter!
Here's hoping the rest of you are enjoying a touch of spring, too.

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