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Signs of fall...

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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