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RE: Winter is coming

Glad to see you are back Zem- did you have a good trip?

When I was in Colorado last year, I inquired about why their was so many
acorns.. Betsy explained about the drought and survival by reproducing.

Wonder if yours and Auralie's are doing the same thing?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Zemuly Sanders
> Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 6:58 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Winter is coming
> Funny you should mention that about the number of hickory nuts.  My black
> walnut tree outdid itself this year, too.  I'm sure I'll have an entire
> walnut forest coming up next spring.  My friend did take bags of walnuts
> home with her.  I don't have the energy to hull and crack them.
> I was in the Ozarks last weekend, and the leaves were breathtaking.
> zem
> zone 7
> West TN
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2005 4:20 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] Winter is coming
> > Despite the late fall, and the beautiful weather we have had this week,
> > the
> > first
> > real sign of winter appeared this morning in the form of a flock of
> > Juncos.
> > There is a large old shagbark hickory beside our driveway, and this
> year's
> > crop of nuts has been the heaviest I can remember.  When a car comes in
> > the drive it sounds like 4th of July from all the popping nuts.  The
> > juncos,
> > as well as numerous other birds, seem to be feasting on the cracked nuts
> -
> > hopping around and picking out the nutmeats. Good - that's that many the
> > squirrels won't bury in my garden to be weeded out next year.
> > The colors are finally getting to a peak, though some trees are still
> > green.  The Kousa dogwood is just beginning to turn, though the natives
> > are pretty well done.  The maple in front of the house is nearly bare,
> but
> > one down the road is just at its peak.  Strange year.  We usually figure
> > on
> > Columbus Day weekend - October 12-or so - being the peak, and it was
> > good last year when my son brought his wife from Colorado to see the
> > color.  Not so this year.  The Gingko biloba down by the pond has just
> > this week begun to turn gold.  I've been dreading a frost would hit it
> > before
> > it turned - it drops all its leaves immediately at the first frost.
> Temps
> > have
> > been in the low 30s a couple of times, but so far no frost. I don't know
> > if
> > this means we will have a harder winter when it comes, or that it will
> be
> > milder - have to wait and see, I guess.  But now that the Juncos are
> > here, it can't be long.
> > Auralie
> >
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