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Spring 2013 has arrived

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This time last year I had corn up.  This year farmers are over two weeks behind due to all the rain and a bad cold spell we had the end of March with snow flurries. April 10, the temperatures were in the eighties.  Tennessee River Valley weather forecasters have a fit trying to guess what the weather is going to do.  The redbuds and dogwoods, two wing silverbells and yoshino cherry trees are blooming.   The daffodils are finishing up and the iris is just starting.  This time last year my peonies were in bloom. This year they are up about six inches.

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Last weekend I watched a fertilizer spreader tractor raising dust as it went across the field in front of my house.  A couple of hours later it was pouring down rain as a planter rushed across the field until the rain made it too gummy to continue.   

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 Eastern Bluebirds are making their nests.  I replaced two boxes the wild woman on a John Deere knocked off with the finishing mower last summer.  Right after I installed them, I noticed a couple checking out the new digs.  

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Wednesday of this week, the temperatures were in the eighties.  I plowed up my garden and planted a short row of corn.  My hairdresser asked me the next day what my definition of a short row.  Twenty four feet is a good short row for me and he agreed.  He said his Dad used to tell him to go hoe his short rows and they were a couple of hundred feet long.  A long row was all the way across the field and back. 

Thursday storms rolled through and I had another 1.77 inches of rain.  We lucked out and the severe weather hit east of us. I don’t know if my corn will come up through standing water now.  I’ll probably be replanting later. Friday’s temperatures were over twenty degrees lower.  Here it is the middle of April and I’m cranking up the heat.  

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The Hooligans fear of thunder since they were shot hasn’t gotten any better. While I was at work during the storm, they went through the screen on my screen porch, tore out a window screen on the house and on the fench doors trying to get in the house.  I’m surprised that they didn’t set off the bugler alarm. The cruel things that humane do to a dog have lasting effects on them. I’m still accessing the damage. I give them a melatonin pill when I’m at home to calm them down.   

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Locally Saturday we had our Earth Day Festivities and Master Gardener’s garden tour of nine gardens, a wildflower walk and historical walking tours in Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. The walking tours are running each Saturday in April and are good for educating about our historical structures in the area, which we are blessed with. I decided to do the garden tours and go to the Earth Day festivities when finished even though I needed to do some serious weeding in my flower beds. I finally mowed the yard Friday afternoon after work, picked up the hay and hauled to the compost pile to make me feel better about going on the tour. Then I worked on weeding my flower bed along the driveway between the front walk and house. By dark I had a pile lying on the driveway large enough to make a bale of hay.  Patches used it as a bed for a couple of days until I hauled it off to the compost pile. 

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I set up on the back steps and got a few bird pictures and heard my first hummer until the Hooligans came thundering up and scared everyone away. I left the house at 9:30 and left the last house at 6 PM. Needless to say since the Earth Day celebration ended at 5 PM, I didn’t make it. I needed to pick up some old windows to redo my greenhouse.

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Levi was glad to see me get home; somehow he had gotten his front leg under his collar and was hopping around on three legs. I talked to Mom after I got home and she said that Patches was lying on the driveway close to the house most of the day and thought it strange and wondered if she was sick. I told her she was taking advantage of the pile of weeds and was taking a nice snooze on it.  I guess it’s like sleeping newly mowed hay patch. 

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mary carton
5/2/2013 1:21:17 AM

Sorry Dave, been working late shifts and working in the yard until dark when I get home. Post coming soon, I hope


nebraska dave
4/29/2013 8:50:03 PM

Mary Mary where oh where are you and the infamous hooligans?


nebraska dave
4/21/2013 3:54:16 AM

Mary, I think if you just send in another post it should show your blog on the GRIT blog summary page or as they call it the blog landing page. Please don't give up. I so enjoy your blog posts.


mary carton
4/21/2013 12:34:59 AM

80 on Wed. 60's Thursday and we had a heavy frost last night. That's the latest we've ever had frost. Good luck with your wildflower walk, hope it's warmer. The gardens all were wonderful. You know how much work they had to go through to get them ready for visitors. Hopefully one day, mine will be ready for the tour. Right right it's full of what we call beggar lice, this running plant with sticky seeds that you can't get out of your clothes. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


mary carton
4/21/2013 12:29:53 AM

I still can't find it. I had posted a link on my gardening blog for a past story and back tracked to get her. I'm pooped, been following the War of 1812 re-enactors. Got home at 10, fed the hooligans and was back at Tuscumbia Landing where the Indians where removed from the southeast for more history. Have a lot of pictures to go through.


nebraska dave
4/20/2013 10:33:05 PM

It appears that the issues with the GRIT landing page and comment section has been resolved. I'm looking forward to hearing about what has been happening on your gardening/homestead this last month. May GRIT blogs live and prosper.


cindy murphy
4/18/2013 12:42:58 PM

Ooooo, Mary! Pretty, pretty gardens. Our weather here is also about two to three weeks behind schedule, and for the past two weeks we've had a lot of (cold) rain. When I read last Sunday's forecast it made me laugh - 65 degrees with snow and sleet. How many times do you see snow in the sixties, but guess what? They were right. I was out walking through the woods with some museum people, preparing for the wildflower walk I'm supposed to conduct this coming Sunday, and we were covered with snow. By the time we were finished, the sun came out, and just a couple hours later it was in the sixties. Funky weather!


mary carton
4/18/2013 3:20:22 AM

Dave, I found my blog via your comment. Yesterday if was listed in fresh content. I asked one of the editors if I was no longer needed as a blogger. It's going to be in the 80''s here the next couple of days. bad weather is expected Thur night into Friday and then temps in the 60's this weekend. I need to go and check and see if my corn is coming up. I noticed there is a nice stand across the road. Thanks for going through the trouble finding me and visiting and commenting.


nebraska dave
4/17/2013 11:15:31 PM

Mary, ha, found ya. Direct access still works for GRIT blogs but the blog summary page is still not working. It looks like spring has really come to your part of the country. The cold damp spring still not giving up here. It's been raining all week with only one rain free day this week then starts again next week with rain. Tomorrow the possibility exists for rain mixed with snow. My neighbor did plant potatoes this week but with all this rain there's a good chance they will rot in the ground. I've learned from past experience not to try to push nature too much. If the weather isn't right and ground isn't right, it doesn't do any good to plant. If the seeds do sprout, they don't do any better than the ones planted later. It looks like the hooligans are well being their usual hooligan selves. Have a great spring day.