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Re: Winter is coming

I have seen a lot more acorns, too. Perhaps, since it is a good mast  
year, I will see less deer depredation on my garden.

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Nov 9, 2005, at 6:57 PM, Zemuly Sanders wrote:

> 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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