February 18, 2014
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Keeping it brief, hoping you'll laugh
When you can't cry any more about a winter's trials, you just
have to laugh. We think one day we'll look back and see this winter
not as a disaster but as a richest-ever cache of tales-to-tell. For
instance, this week we've posted just two stories: The first,
of clipping a handful of twigs; the second about digging through
the snow to the garden. These adventures took three and thirty
minutes, respectively but each has already netted us a heads up on
spring plus stories to last decades.
Take a look at what we did. Maybe you'll follow suit.
In the 45mph garden: Nice no ice under the snow
Under all this snow, proof of
life and a reason for laughter. What we found should allow
gardeners throughout the north to laugh off dire predictions of
flooding when "all this snow melts, with the ground 'so
Mistake's a lessson. Forsythia failure is apparent now...
...and solved by specialists in super-hardy-plants at University
of Minnesota and University of North Dakota. Take a look at what our
forsythia forcing revealed. Then nip a bud from your own bush
and slice it open to see if those flowers fared as poorly as ours.
If your bush's buds look like those we show you in this article,
it's high time to think about replacing your forsythia with a
Coming next: Easy-from-seed perennials
We're assembling photos now for a list of perennials that are
simple to grow from seed. This list is a collaboration between
ourselves and five great growers. We think you'll love it and we
also bet you have input. (Preview the draft article.)
If you wish to nominate a perennial as easiest-to-grow from seed,
email that to us. We'll include your report with the other
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