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Old 03-12-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Casualties of the Blizzard

Today I have happier news. My garden sustained a lot of damage, but it did not turn out to be as bad as I first expected. I was heartbroken over damage to a large group of photinias. But it turns out you guys were right--that plant can take a real beating and spring back to life. We were able to salvage quite a bit of it. A few days ago we pruned it and to my amazement we only had to prune off about 1/3. And then I looked out the window a few minutes ago and saw today's rain has made large number of buds appear. Way more than I expected. In year or so I might not even be able to tell it had been damaged at all.

Same story with a Japanese Kerria. Yesterday I thought it was dead-dead-dead. But just for the sake of giving it a chance, I didn't pull it out. So when I looked out the window just now I could not believe that what appeared to be a clump of bare broken sticks had straightened itself and is suddenly loaded with buds. And this all happened within a few hours--just because of the rain, I guess.

I'm loving this rain! The grass is greening up, and most of my rose bushes are starting to perk up. Two died, but that's not bad considering how bad I thought the damage was at first. We also lost a boxwood, a nandina, and a lilac... but the weigelas are now showing signs of life even though the weight of the snow literally uprooted them.

The worst loss we had was with trees. We lost several pines and a beautiful weeping cherry tree. But yesterday the tree guys came and now that we've cleaned up most of that section of the yard, it's not that bad to have them gone. And now my rose bushes get extra sun and air, which already seems to be having a beneficial effect.

What a difference a day makes. Before yesterday, I still felt my garden was a devastated mess that would take months, maybe years to heal. Today, it's starting to look good again.
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Old 03-12-2010, 12:26 PM
 
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So glad to hear that your garden is doing so well in spite of the beating it took!
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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Yay for normie's garden.

I like gloomy, overcast weather. Not an all-out rainfall (usually) because that makes it difficult to ride my bike, but intermittent mist is fine. I think I have some weird reverse form of seasonal affective disorder. So, anyway, I've been enjoying the past couple days.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I like gloomy, overcast weather. Not an all-out rainfall (usually) because that makes it difficult to ride my bike, but intermittent mist is fine. I think I have some weird reverse form of seasonal affective disorder. So, anyway, I've been enjoying the past couple days.
Me too. I'm digging this rain. I like postcard days too, but there's something about a rainy day like this that makes me feel life is good. The little kid in me loves splashing in the puddles.
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: southern california
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mine is better but still needs so much attention. you have inspired me i got my afternoon planned all other activities cancelled.
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