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Re: I think it's spring
  • Subject: Re: I think it's spring
  • From: james singer <inlandjim1@q.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:53:00 -0700

That later first-frost date may be related to the shift that seems to  
be occurring in the earth's axis. It's throwing the astrologer's  
zodiac out of whack, too.

On Mar 21, 2011, at 11:37 AM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

> 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.
> Cyndi
> -----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
> first
> 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
> beans
> because the plants were eaten by some critter - probably a
> woodchuck.This
> time I started with a short row, and gave it a heavy treatment of a  
> new
> product
> offered by Park's which says it repels small pests. We'll see.   
> There's
> not
> much
> point in planting when things get eaten before they can produce.  I'll
> try
> this
> with squash and sunflowers when it's time to plant them - in the last
> couple
> of years the seeds have been eaten right in the ground before they
> sprouted
> -
> chipmunks I think.
> I spent some time trying to loosen the thich crust in the front flower
> bed.
> We had mulched with leaves last fall, as we usually do, but I guess it
> was
> 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
> break
> it up
> with my fingers, there is plenty of green life beneath, but no shoots
> coming
> through.  Even hefty things like Hellebores were not making it.
> My Artemisia 'Powis Castle', which is not reliably hardy, seems alive,
> as
> does the Ruta graveolens.  I cut them back pretty sharply, for they  
> had
> been
> very lush last year.  Here's hoping they survive.  I have already
> ordered
> more
> plants from Bluestone, not expecting anything to survive the bitter
> winter,
> but
> there will always be space for more.
> I know there will be more cold weather, but it's good to have a break.
> We
> are just about dried out in the downstairs apartment after two  
> separate
> floods.  We have had floods before - maybe every seven or eight  
> years -
> but
> 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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