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Spring in February
Posted on Feb 24, 2017 8:16 PM

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My first flowers of spring
Super early
69 degrees today a record 7 consecutive days above 60 in February

the flowers are not the only thing coming up early
there is green all over the gardens.

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Still snowing
Posted on Feb 8, 2017 3:42 PM

Today's forecast was 1-3'' of snow

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well we have our 3 inches and it is still coming down
a rather wet snow that is sticking to everything

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even the tiny twigs of bushes
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Sunny and warm in January
Posted on Jan 21, 2017 8:46 PM

Today we has sunshine , the first in a week.
went for a walk in a nearby park
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the small creek that runs through the woods was full , muddy and fast.

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found a lot of interesting white fungus on small downed twigs

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and the sycamores showing of their beautiful white bark

With out leaves I discovered an old chimney on the far bank of the creek , took some off path wondering but I tracked it down.

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Then I came across an old abandoned cemetery, again I most likely would have never known it was there in the summer with everything leafed out.

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The stones were old sandstone and mostly unreadable
the tall stone had a death date of 1883

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Perennials and People
Posted on Jan 17, 2017 12:16 PM

I was reading a couple old threads and noticed an interesting connection in my head between people and plants in my garden .
Some are annuals and show up for a season and disappear never to be heard of again. A few of those pop up a couple years later just out of the blue , kinda like a stray seed that germinated rather late.
Some are seedlings that pop up here and there , never take root ,and disappear after a post or two.
Most people seem rather to be like perennials some short lived , a couple years and they just fade away, others like the old-fashion perennials they just keep showing up season after season.

I am the old fashion type perennial will most likely be here till some uncontrollable circumstance uproots me.

Maybe we are a lot more like our gardens than we think.

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Winter observations
Posted on Jan 3, 2017 6:02 PM

Rain last night and 50 then fog this morning that lasted till noon and more rain
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took a walk about between rains
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found a hornets nest in a pasture tree and looked around to see another down the road in another pasture.
I always know they are around because I see them gathering material from my wooden fences in the summer but their nests are hidden high in the trees.

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Picked a bunch of button bush seeds to scatter over the hill along the creek.

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all the seeds were gone from this lateflowering Throughwort

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and still some ice on the ground from a tank I dumped days ago

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