Odd, but not trouble

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In a spring when it seems half our plants were burned in the cold, it's good to realize the brown on this redbud (Cercis canadensis) is not dead leaves or twigs. It's only a heavy crop of seed pods. 

No damage, yet still a lesson to learn

Sometimes after a tough season we can see so much damage that we're alarmed even by things we'd normally overlook. For instance:

"Oh, no, so what happened to that little fir?!"

"Ha. Nothing. It's just the stalks from the cones it shed last year."

"Hmm. Nothing happened... No damage even above the wrapping. So there's a bit less to do next fall -- no burlap necessary."









Consolation prize

When spring comes late, the earliest blooming plants practically jump out of the ground, as if they must make up for lost time. Maybe this year when the air's been very cold but the ground's been so well insulated under snow, we'll see what we never have -- crocuses, daffodils and tulips all blooming together.