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2013 #16: Out of Hibernation

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 03-31-2013 02:34 AM 3460 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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March 31, 2013

Yesterday was a spring day and my first real day out of hibernation. The sun was out, I was out, and the temperature reached at least 13C. Oh what a glorious day!

Today, well… oiy my legs.

It was wonderful being out in the yard again.
  • The main garden is fenced back in, keeping the chickens and rabbits out.
  • The osage orange tree is pruned. Oh what a fascinating tree that is with such massive spikes on it.
  • Some dead flower stalks have been cut down and spread on top of gardens as mulch. (still more to do)
  • Espalier trees are pruned and tied down. Some of the branches that were tied last year were eaten off by the rabbits. Curses, you rabbits!!!
  • and the yard was walked and walked, just checking things out

The best part of the day was sitting by the cabin with Rick just soaking up the sun and talking about possibilities.

Now we wait for the next sunny day to arrive. Can’t wait!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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jroot

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posted 03-31-2013 05:13 AM

Good work, MsDebbieP.

The first work in the garden always brings sore muscles, but they soon get used to it, and then we can enjoy our passion for the rest of the year ( well 3 seasons ).

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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MsDebbieP

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posted 03-31-2013 06:43 AM

Wise words!!
I am grateful for the sore muscles, then.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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daltxguy

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posted 03-31-2013 09:05 AM

Oh, to live in the banana belt!
We’re about on track to actually seeing the ground by about the end of April.
On the other hand, there’s a lot of sap a boilin’ right about now.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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lavender22

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posted 03-31-2013 11:08 AM

We are having one of the best March’s in a while. Its been 70-75 the last 3 day’s and sunny. The weather man say’s it is going to continue for the rest of the week and the weekend doesn’t look to bad either. So I have been cleaning, and restocking and getting things ready for May when my husband and I usually go flower shopping. I cant wait to plant and see things grow and some color. I will be changing things up this year and doing some proven winners hybrids. There is one called Lemon Slice and its a super bell million bell. Its beautiful with yellow and white striped. There are 2 more I will be doing also and they are gorgeous to.

-- I love hostas:)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 04-02-2013 04:53 AM

You had a productive day! We have to enjoy our warm days when we get them. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Harold and Pam

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posted 04-02-2013 09:33 PM

Debbie – where are the photos to go along with this wonderful story? And by the way, what does 13C translate to in “really temperature?” :~)

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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daltxguy

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posted 04-03-2013 05:22 AM

To translate world standard units of temperature into USA-ese, type “13c=f” into google and it will work like a calculator.
Doing so gives 55.4f

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Iris43

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posted 04-03-2013 06:39 AM

Ha-ha. Harold, I’m afraid I am still very much still in the old ‘real temp’. Although I understand enough celcius (especially when I ‘feel’ those ‘world standard’ temps) to know 13c feels really nice. :D

MsDeb, I enjoyed getting out in the gardens on Fri and Sat, as well. Very tempting to start uncovering newly sprouted plants but I know more cold temps are just around the corner. I don’t have the fruit trees to prune like you do so I can only walk around and look. But the snowdrops are blooming, and the aconites. The hellebores are sending up lots of new growth and buds. It’s an exciting time of year.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 04-03-2013 01:28 PM

I was going to take a camera with me but my hands were full of clippers :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Harold and Pam

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posted 04-03-2013 06:30 PM

Daltxguy – thank you. I beat 54 in Canada at this time of the year feels wonderful. I was born and raised near Lake Onterio in NY so I know how wonderful 45 – 55 can be during late winter-early spring.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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