[gardeners] it's spring!

c.l. avery (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 24 Feb 2002 07:34:58

Dear All,
  I'm in Bethesda, MD -- just ouside of DC -- and my crocuses came up and 
bloomed this week.  Yeah!  I just love having the first bulbs of the new 
spring come up.  It really gets my gardener juices flowing.  Last week my 
snowdrops bloomed.  Friends in the center of DC tell me that the crocuses 
and daffodils are blooming already and have been for the past 2 weeks.  
That's pretty typical.  I'm usually 2 weeks behind due to the heat retention 
of being in the city as opposed to out here in the 'burbs.  The damn 
squirrels must've eaten about 1/2 of the new crocus bulbs that I planted in 
the fall -- there are empty spaces where I put the new ones.  Darn them!

  We too have been warned of drought, just as Penny reported about in New 
York, both currently and for the upcoming spring/summer.  The Potomac River 
is reported to be just a trickle.  I haven't been near enough to it to look 
at it myself yet, but don't doubt that it is true.  We've gotten only 1/2 
the usual rainfall all fall and winter.


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