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Re: hoping for spring soon


Auralie,
What a shame about your apple tree.  It may pull through though.  Perhaps
you'll lose a few limbs or you'll need to cut it back.  It's always been my
impression that apples are vigorous.  It took me several years to get my 2
stumps to stop sending up new shoots.  Pruning often promotes new growth, so
perhaps it will benefit from a little rejuvenating.  I hope so.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] hoping for spring soon


> It's mild and raining a bit here today - has been above freezing during
the
> day for most of the week.  The snow and ice pack is greatly diminished -
most
> open areas are clear but there are still great heaps under bushes and on
> slopes.  I walked out to see what I could see - not much.  None of my
hellebores are
> showing any new growth - just the remains of last year's foliage.  I'm
sure
> there were buds on them by this time last year.  Many daffodils are
peeping up,
> and I must go out and replant some that have been dug out by some curious
> creature.
>  The most distsressing thing, however, is that the apple tree espaliered
> against the boulder beside the drive looks awful.  In places the bark is
split for
> several inches, and in other places chunks of bark are peeling off.  My DH
> says that since the tree is about 37 years old - we brought it from the
other
> place when we moved here in 1970  - it has probably reached the extent of
its
> lifespan.  I hope he's wrong, because I don't think the extent of my
lifespan is
> great enough to warrant starting another.  I think it may be the result of
> the crazy winter - bitter cold in early December, mild the first week in
> January, then followed by another six weeks of bitter cold.  I hope I am
not losing
> this tree - don't know  just what I would replace it with if I do.   The
rock
> face is about eight feet high at that point.  There is a space of about
two
> feet between the boulder and the edge of the drive.  It widens out a bit
further
> on, and there is an old 'New Dawn' rose climbing it. The back side of the
> boulder, where it tapers down is quite shady.
>
> By the way, guara is treated like an annual in these parts - Zone 5.
>
> Auralie
>
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