Re: Plants; Global Warming
In a message dated 05/03/2007 5:16:06 AM Eastern Standard Time,
In this morning's NYTimes. The subtropicals are coming.
Very interesting, but I lost some plants this winter that have
grown here for years. The Santolina ericoides had suffered
damage in hard winters before, but this year is completely
gone - after nearly 30 years. Oriental poppies that I have
had for years have not appeared. A large bed of Japanese
anemones are showing only a couple of shoots. Azaleas
look barely alive, and may not bloom - they are usually
in bloom by now. An old "Devil's Walking Stick" Aurelia -
can't remember its botanical name right now, but is a
native - seems totally dead.
On the positive side, although the weather stays cool and
cloudy, the hummingbird returned this week. Most years
I see it first when the azaleas bloom, but they aren't even
near blooming yet. I looked at the migration site just to
see how far they had come, and discovered to my surprise
that they were already in New England, so I hurried to put
out a feeder. The next morning early there they were!
And yesterday there was a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at
the feeder. I haven't seen one for years. What a beautiful
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