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RE: What happened to spring?

The dogwoods and Kalmia sound beautiful Auralie.

I've decided spring is officially gone....Even though it's not June 21 yet.
It's been OK temperature wise here, but the humidity has been horrendous.
But not much rain in the past few days. Truthfully, I suspect this is the
more "normal" seasonal weather here. It's been so dry for the past few
years that this weather seems abnormal. I recall in the past that it rained
somewhere here every day. Our afternoon storms are amazing. Seems we are
getting back to that now, but none have hit me recently. Truthfully, that's
OK, since I was literally waterlogged a couple of weeks ago! 

We also seem to have a lot of pests early on this year. Must be from all
that water! I'm battling aphids constantly. Not to mention some critter on
my Million Bells, that I can't figure out yet. Nothing seems to phase it,
comes right back.

Andrea H
Beaufort, SC 

> [Original Message]
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 6/12/2005 6:15:29 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] What happened to spring?
> First we had weeks of cold, dank, cloudy weather but not enough rain.
> Now we are dumped right into beastly hot, humid stuff with still not
> enough rain.  
> The cold, late spring resulted in the best display of daffodils I can 
> remember - a full two months of blooms instead of having them all
> bloom in ten days as they do some years.  However, this sudden
> heat has forced all my peonies out at once, and a brief but intense
> shower yesterday knocked the petals off most of them.  Because
> of the heat, they were floppier, with weaker stems than usual.  My
> favorite 'Gay Paree' was spectacular for two days - had 27 blooms
> open at once - but now it's about gone.
> What is blooming spectacularly around here is the Kousa Dogwoods.
> The native Cornus florida didn't do well this spring.  They aren't too
> healthy anyway since the past drought years.  We are just about the
> edge of their hardiness zone.  But the Kousas are blooming as 
> heavily as I can ever remember - not just mine, but all around the 
> area.  This is also a good year for the native Mountain Laurel - Kalmia
> latifolia.  Around here people neglect it because it grows wild, but in
> my mind it is one of the handsomest plants going.
> The vegetable garden is not making me happy this year. Someone
> ate the tops off my peas when they were about 6 inches high.  The 
> poor things are trying to branch out and produce, but now that it's
> turned hot they are languishing.  The biggest problem I have in the
> vegetable garden is lack of self-discipline.  I just can't bring myself
> to weed out the bushels of 'Johnny-Jump-Ups'  (Viola tricolor) that 
> grow like a weed. I guess, in fact, they actually are a weed - 
> or would be to some people.  I have made myself pull out any that 
> were exactly where I needed to plant something else, but there are 
> still far too many.  I love their cheerful faces, but it does not make 
> for a neat and orderly garden.  But then, neat and orderly is not 
> exactly my style, anyway.
> Auralie
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