Re: [gardeners] Thursday in the garden

George Shirley (
Fri, 02 May 2003 08:09:51 -0500

Mother Nature may be saying something to you and Jimmie Penny, as in
"time to quit all this work and scale down." Certainly has been speaking
to me since my last surgery and the lengthy recovery from the aftermath.

George wrote:
> Must say, George, that two forsythia do not a garden make ....
> Not spring yet, even tho the various ornamental trees are in
> bloom. Also evident, unfortunately, is the very late brown-off of
> so many, many shrubs!  Everywhere I look, another hedge ruined.
> Never heard of winter weather killing off the entire outside of
> all the ilexes I own, even the huge ones!  Walking in front of the
> hospital today, I saw that the row of 30 junipers borndering the
> sidewalk has been massacred -- every single front face of each
> shrub is burned. I've pulled out about 8 azaleas which are gonners.
> Half my front pink dogwood is gone. The front rhodies look as
> if a steel mill hot blast of air passed over them.
> What makes for a bizarre contrast is the lawn, both back and front.
> Never have we seen it look so uniformly green and lush!  It looks
> fake..  Of course, by midsummer it won't, but right now it is amazing.
> I don't know where to begin!
> Penny, NY
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