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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Jan 23, 2011 8:44 AM CST

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Since the worst winter since Records began in the UK, I admit to getting very concerned about my tree ferns for they have never suffered such prolonged low temperatures as that!
I have taken some pictures not long ago this morning and to my utter surprise they are now standing more upright than they were after being flattened with snow and ice.
Here they are with some words from me.
Regards.
Neil.
this was under snow not so long ago, then ice!
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Even one of the small ones that I was worried about has come back to life.
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These fronds were frozen inside the water pump for a ling tome, now look at them.
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These tree ferns or Dicksonia antarctica are only supposed to be hardy to 28 F and at 24 F lose there fronds. As it got down to 15.5 F in some places on some nights and lower in other areas they have amazed me.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 2, 2011 2:09 AM CST

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Lucy asked me to post this on the forum to cheer everyone up!
So here is cubits photo winner for Lucy!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Feb 2, 2011 10:59 AM CST
sure hope spring comes soon.................between the two houses mine and my neighbors
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Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX (Zone 9a)
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Petalpants
Feb 2, 2011 11:19 AM CST
Looks really Gray at your house, Cherie... looks glum--- even tho I like your Snow... don't see many plants--- do you have any Evergreens in your yard so you have a little green in the Wintertime?? If my kids saw this pic, they would probably want to go visit you!! Hilarious!
Connie
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Feb 2, 2011 12:06 PM CST
Come along!
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murielw1
Feb 3, 2011 6:33 AM CST
When the girls were small we had a very bad winter when we lived in kent, would I go out with the girls to make a snowman, so off we went into the garden, after a while a neighbour asked me who I was talking to, the little monkey's had got cold and left me on my own, still making the snowman for them, boy did I feel stupid finding that I had been talking to myself.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
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cececoogan
Feb 3, 2011 9:01 AM CST
That's kids for you.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 7, 2011 9:21 PM CST

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Something to brighten you all up!
Regards.
Neil.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Feb 7, 2011 9:53 PM CST
Thank you.
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Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 8, 2011 11:48 AM CST

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A lovely sunny day and my first time to try my new lens for the camera out. So I got some pictures to cheer you up, hopefully! There are too many to put on at once so I will do it in stages for all to see.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I have done taking them at a long distance.
Spring is bearing new life, from a horrible winter.
Regards.
Neil.
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Snowdrops, what a lovely sight.
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A wonderful Polyanthus.
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This white cyclamen amongst the lavender.
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Winter Jasmine.
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What a beautiful pansy, that has survived the ice.
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Fully open yellow crocus, in the sunlight.
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Purple crocus, just enjoying themselves.
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 9, 2011 1:55 PM CST

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Part 2 of Mondays outing!
I do hope you enjoy the pictures!
Regards.
Neil.
Purple crocus in the lawn, near my mothers. This was taken at long distance.
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A clump of crocus.
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Purple pansies covered in pollen. This bit of all purple must be Cherie's heaven.
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A beautiful white pansy.
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Choisya ternata 'Sundance' or Mexican orange blossom, although a bit battered.
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Another survivor of the winter.
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Magnolia buds against a wonderful blue sky.
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A single polyanthus flower, how pretty!
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Daffodils around the back or mothers, they are nearly there. The ones in the front are south facing so enjoying it . These are in the shade and north facing, but will not be long.
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p.s I do hope the weather picks up for you all, keep warm.
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Feb 10, 2011 6:38 AM CST
So UNFAIR it is, all that color THERE and here we have, white, white, and MORE white.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 10, 2011 9:37 AM CST
Same here, Cece.

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murielw1
Feb 10, 2011 11:12 AM CST
Cherie, Take care amd warm with all the white cold stuff.
Muriel
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 21, 2011 12:03 PM CST

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The weather has changed for the worse I am afraid. It is bitterly cold, wet and very windy. On the odd dry spell we have had it is too cold to do anything at all. plus the wind just slices through you.
It has been Grey and miserable all the time, and never seems to get light at all. All the lovely bulbs were coming out and I was looking forward to getting you some pictures. Not at the moment I can't.
Regards.
Neil.

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murielw1
Feb 21, 2011 12:32 PM CST
Here is my Hellebore still inflower and bud.Thumb of 2011-02-21/murielw1/f1c3c9

This was a Christmas present, from my Sister-In-Law.
Muriel
Name: Neil
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 24, 2011 6:20 PM CST

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The sun was wonderful to see today, warm and dry put and things in flower now at last in abundance after getting stopped for two weeks because of the cold weather.
So to cheer everyone up I went out and got some pictures, and there are more to come.
See what you think.
Regards.
Neil.
Snowdrops and some crocus in the area people dump garden rubbish.
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Mothers neighbour has been busy with her spring baskets!
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Magnolia and some Daffodils that are nearly there in the north facing back garden.
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A Daffodil almost out and some ornamental Blackcurrant.
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Forsythia and some Narcissus which are out!
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Crocus and Iris for Lucy!
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Iris and then white crocus.
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Tulips!
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Polyanthus.
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More iris and a wonderful Tulip in the sun.
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Cyclamen and a crocus. Then the stunning bark of a paperbark maple in its winter colors.
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Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a (Zone 5a)
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cececoogan
Feb 24, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 25, 2011 10:07 AM CST

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A Spirea in flower yesterday!
Hugs.
Neil.
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Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
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NEILMUIR1
Feb 27, 2011 5:14 AM CST

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Get well Cherie!
Some pictures from a sunny England this morning.
Natures carpet.
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Daffodils and crocus.
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More Daffodils and there was a lot of crocus till the rain got to them.
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More crocus.
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Bergenia in flower!
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Japanese ornamental Quince!
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South facing Forsythia, how lovely!
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Regards to all.
Neil.
p.s. we won at Rugby!

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