RE: Back from Minnesota!
Welcome back! You get used to the cold weather... although right now we are
in a heat wave...
> Well I am back from my week in Minnesota. I am always agog whenever I go
> back east at how much water there is and this was no exception. It rained
> every day! Not for more than an hour or so each day thank heavens. Little
> ponds everywhere and cattails growing in the grass verges on the sides of
> the roads. What a sight to Californian eyes.
> Since it wasn't my trip I didn't get to visit any botanical sites but I
> impressed with all the conifers there...wow...back home they'd have to be
> alarmed to keep people from stealing them at Christmas time. Beautiful
> conifers everywhere. And hostas growing right out in the open, no shade! I
> sure didn't see many gardens with flowers though, I don't know if we were
> too early or what, but no one seemed to have flowering plants in any
> quantity. Did see a lot of peony bushes almost ready to bloom, a white
> flowering shrub that was popular in cemeteries, and some bearded iris, but
> no roses (except wild ones along the streams) and seemingly no flowering
> perennials. Sure some gorgeous foliage though.
> My husband and his two sisters had a good time visiting all the places
> remembered from growing up there. Unfortunately their old farmhouse was
> to be torn down and replaced with newer houses. Pretty ironic considering
> here are griping about the incessant bulldozering of the desert to put up
> houses, guess it's everywhere. I gazed at a lot of scenery and got
> by mosquitoes, huge itchy welts almost 3 inches across covering my arms.
> had to have been during the couple hours we spent in a cemetery looking
> ancestral grave markers. The other three got nothing. I don't know how
> Minnesota trains mosquitoes to know who's not a native, but it seems to
> well. Of course AFTER that I wore bug stuff but since I never saw the
> in the first place...oh well, the welts are almost gone now.
> They oooh'd and aaah'd and spoke wistfully of moving back (after 40 years
> CA!) but you're not getting me someplace where the temperatures drop into
> the minus digits. I'm happy with the gardening challenges I have at
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