April 18, 2018

Persistence

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(Congratulations to the winners of my recent book drawing. Shirley at Rock-Oak-Deer won a copy of "Shakespeare's Gardens," and Carla at The River won a copy of "Vegetables Love Flowers." Thanks to all who participated.)

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    1. Yes, they are, Donna! For plants to survive and thrive in our climates is amazing!

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  2. Great article in the Washington Post about our endless winter. At least we have a lot of company.

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    1. I noticed that, Linda. Yes, I think all of us in the Midwest and Northeast are glad to see the end of this extended winter!

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  3. I feel like cheerleading for those floweres -- "Don't give up!"

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    1. They didn't give up, Aaron! And they're blooming now and very happy. Tough little plants!

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  4. I echo Aaron -- the perseverance of these early spring bulbs is quite wonderful to see. Much higher temperatures are predicted for Quebec next week so I'm planning on sitting next to my bulbs and cheering them on, minute by minute.

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    1. It worked. ;-) Yes, I can't believe how tough they are--especially considering the see-saw of cold-warm-cold-warm weather we've had this winter and spring. They are blooming now, and the extended forecast here
      is good, too. Yay, spring (finally)!

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  5. Sometimes we forget how tough and resilient plants are. This is certainly an appropriate tribute to those qualities.

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    1. Agreed: Plants amaze me, too, Kris...especially the ones that survive the crazy, brutal conditions of the Midwest!

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  6. Wow - I wouldn't have believed it! It's been so cold here that nothing emerged beyond a few green tips before the ice storm hit. I think this weekend is the turning point - or at least I hope so...I'm starting to panic about how I'm going to get everything done before leaving for Austin - yikes!

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    1. I was amazed today, Margaret, to see how many plants are blooming, emerging, and leafing out. It seems all it takes is a couple of warm days and then we're back on track! I know what you mean about getting stuff done before the Fling. So much to do that I couldn't start before now.

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  7. My word reminder is . . . Patience . . .
    Being “tried and stretched” daily . . .
    Calling it Crazy April!
    Liked seeing your few peeks of “spring on ice!”

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    1. Patience...ah, yes. We certainly needed it this April. Crazy, crazy. I hope this doesn't happen again next year. It's bad enough to live in a place where winter usually lasts until late March!

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  8. I am a daffodil, Iam a daffodil, Iama daffodil, Iamadaffodil, DAFFODIL.

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    1. LOL. They're all blooming now! Yay. They survived. I'm amazed--how do they do that?!

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  9. It's one reason I love spring bulbs. I have a patch of blooming daffodils that have been snowed on several times (and it's currently sleeting out there), but they keep popping back up!

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    1. I know, Indie. They're incredible, and incredibly tough! Now the garden is coming to life with more mild weather. It looks good for the extended forecast, too. Sigh. That was a tough stretch through most of April!

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  10. So very true. We could take a lesson from these tough plants about never giving up. Next week's forecast looks much more promising, so I am trying to hold on till then, but my patience is wearing thin.

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    1. The coldest April ever recorded (here in the Madison area) finally broke on Friday. And the forecast from here on out looks good. This has been a crazy ride, huh, Rose?!

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  11. Gorgeous pictures of these tenacious and welcome blooms heralding the eventual(!) growing season to come.

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    1. Thanks, Peter. The plants amaze me. It has been a difficult April here in the Midwest. I hope this doesn't happen again next year...or ever again! It's bad enough to have big snows in March!

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  12. Thank you! I am excited to look over the book. :-)
    The first photo really is unique. I know it is sad that it is snow, but it really is a neat photo.

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    1. I'm glad you're looking forward to the book, Carla. It's a great one--especially for someone like you who grows veggies and flowers. :) Thanks for your kind comment. The crocuses and other blooming plants are happy now that the snow is all gone and the days are warmer. Yay!

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  13. These are the times that try gardeners' souls. Nice pics.

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    1. Yes, indeed. Thanks, Jason! The flowers are happy now, as I'm sure they are in the Chicago area.

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