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April 7, 2009 - Janet DelTurco
Everywhere I go there is one opening topic of conversation, the weather!I don't really know why we are so surprised at a cold spell in early April, they seem to come in most years. Looking back at my garden journals for the past few years, there are numerous pictures of crocuses, daffodils and even the ornamental cherry tree with flowers peeking through snow. And I remember a snow day at school on April 6 while I was still teaching. But still it is a disappointemnt when we have been lulled into a feeling that spring is here, is warm, sunny, and here to stay. I did take advantage of the couple of warm days to plant my potatoes and asparagus roots. The snow peas were already in the ground, and I hope they have germinated enough to keep from rotting in the cold and damp. A little warming of the soil and they should be appearing. I have onion sets, garlic and a new perennial called Millenium, which is a very tall sunflower-like plant I am anxious to try. But after all this rain, and a little snow, it is too muddy to be messing with the ground again. Those days will come. In the meantime, none of the perennials that are up and growing seem affected by the cold temperatures. The bulbs are well able to endure cold, but often the new foliage of bleeding heart, daylilies and the like will turn brown from late frosts and die back. The plant soon puts out new leaves, but it does delay things in the flower garden when that happens. So far this year everything seems all right.
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