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RE: today in zone 7

Auralie...my sweet autumn clematis dies back to the ground early. Actually
it was on my to do list for today, but never made it over there. It may
still be alive....and just waiting for spring to arrive!

So what award are you getting tomorrow?


> Chris, you're not that far south of me, but you're ahead of me in lots of
> ways, but my daffs are starting to make quite a show.  It was a really
> beautiful day here.  Temps in the high 60s and brilliant sunshine.  I
> worked out a couple of hours, but since I have a District Garden Club
> Meeting tomorrow where our club will be receiving awards, I tried not
> to do things that would make me too sore.  Don't want to limp up like
> the old woman I am to receive the awards.
> I did clean up one bed in front of the house.   Took off the old oak
> leaves that choke the bulbs coming up.  Cut back the old foliage on
> a large patch of Epimedium.  This bed requires more contortions
> than most since we have it strung with fish-line to protect it from deer.
> Then I went to the vegetable garden.  Limed my lettuce bed, as it was
> becoming quite mossy, and planted several rows of lettuce.   The peas
> we planted a couple of weeks ago are beginning to come up - I planted
> several varieties and they are showing different rates of germination.
> The heavy wet snowfall a couple of weeks ago took the top 12-15 feet
> out of a curly willow tree - right across the middle of the garden.  I
> spent
> some time cutting branches that I will take to the District Meeting
> tomorrow for anyone who wants them for flower arrangements or orchid
> supports or to root.  This tree was rooted from a cutting some years
> ago.  There's still a lot more to be disposed of - don't know just how
> I'll manage it.
> I was distressed to find that my Sweet Autumn Clematis seems to be
> totally dead - rotted off at the root.  This vine has been  quite
> spectacular
> for the past fifteen or more years.  I can't think what was different this
> year that would cause it's demise.  It's interesting how different plants
> respond to different weather conditions.  A year ago when we had an
> extremely bitter winter some things suffered but most looked pretty
> good.  This winter has not been as cold, but several things look as if
> they have not survived.  Oh well.  Better get my beauty sleep for
> tomorrow's meeting
> Auralie
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