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Re: Signs of fall...


Auralie,
Are you sure the starlings didn't swoop in when you weren't looking?
I can't answer your question except to say that I've noticed my dogwood has had 
more fruit some years than others.  I thought when a tree was stressed it put 
out more seed.
Kitty
> One of the first sure signs of fall here is the dogwood berries turning 
> bright red, and then the starlings descending in a huge flock and devouring them 
> all in one morning or afternoon - and leaving red droppings all over the place.  
> Well this year my dogwoods are already showing next year's buds - which is 
> usually  the next sign - but very few berries.  When I went looking for them I 
> found a few but not many, though the bloom had been heavy in the spring.  I 
> know the dogwoods are stressed - they looked awful early this spring but then 
> the 
> rains in June helped and they put out a lot of new leaves.  We have had 
> almost no rain since then and they are looking poor again.  But we have had 
> berries 
> in the previous drought years.  Any ideas why the lack of berries this year?
> Auralie - Z5
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