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    Weather Where You Are

    We definitely had a frost both last night and the night before (here in Vermont), and this morning there was a thin layer or ice on the dogs' outdoor water bucket. It's cold today with a biting wind that makes this sunny day feel much colder still. Stay safe from the fires, Marie2020. The...
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    Weather Where You Are

    "Ouch" is about all that can be said about it! At least the 25 spruce plugs I planted a few weeks ago are getting most of their watering from Mother Nature. I've only had to water them myself about 3 times. When this (insert expletive here) snow melts, it should provide them all with a nice...
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    Weather Where You Are

    Well let me tell you about the weather here in Vermont! Last night and today, May 8-9, this is what it looks like. (It's not melting today.) : This is the 3rd cold spring in a row now with temperatures so low that nothing germinates. Even my lettuce (a cold weather crop) planted in...
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    Free: New Mason Bee House and extra bee tubes

    Ah sorry, Mary. But I had only one to give away, and it left in the post yesterday. I had to laugh at my own phobia when I realized how relieved I was to have the bee house not just gone, but traveling from one end of the country to the other.... far, far away! I have an irrational fear of...
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    What are You Eating from the Garden?

    I planted lettuce and some other salad greens in containers on my front porch the other day. About a week later than usual, but then it has been horribly cold here, more like January than April.
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    Free: New Mason Bee House and extra bee tubes

    It is re-packaged, in my car, and will be departing next week for a new happy home 2000+ miles away.
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    Free: New Mason Bee House and extra bee tubes

    flowerbug, do you want it? Just say the word and it's yours! (It will not be staying here. It's creeping me out even sequestered in a spare room behind a shut door.)
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    Free: New Mason Bee House and extra bee tubes

    I was given this by a well-meaning relative, but the problem is I'm terrified of bees (and other stinging insects)! I co-exist with bees that visit my gardens and I understand their ecological importance, but I draw the line at inviting them to take up residence on my property, even this...
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    n95 dust masks

    I think the death toll in my (small rural) state is still under 30 and I didn't know any of the victims. I am 70 yrs old, but in relatively good health, so I keep a good thought for my own survival. I limit my trips out to get groceries to less than two per month and this next time will be...
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    Who am I GWade

    Welcome to the forum, George. I'm in Vermont where my late hubby and I resided for close to 50 years, and I still do. I've been intrigued by the art of taxidermy from an early age, come from a family of outdoorsmen and women, and we cared for a herd of 4 equines into their last years on our...
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    Cone Flower ID help, please

    I don't know, but I like it! These sprang up in my ditch along the roadside. Not cone flowers, but also not just wild black-eyed susans judging from the halos.
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    How to handle problem with Lawn Mowing crew

    Well I have formulated a plan! The owner of this company (I'll call him "BB" short for Big Boss) saved my neck last winter by agreeing to plow my driveway. I live way out in the sticks and he was the only one who agreed to take on the job. He did all the plowing for me himself (although he...
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    How to handle problem with Lawn Mowing crew

    I want to thank everyone for the replies. Pulsegleaner, yours is truly a horror story! I cannot even believe that any sane person would deliberately destroy a grave/memorial stone to a beloved pet. There are just no words for this atrocity. You have my heartfelt sympathies. :-( I would...
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    How to handle problem with Lawn Mowing crew

    Easy gardeners on this forum have been very helpful and insightful in the past, so perhaps I can get some guidance as to how to deal with a problem I'm having with the crew who mows my 1 1/2 acre of lawn. The situation is this: my husband died this past spring. He used to mow our lawns with a...
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    My Happy Hearts (Bleeding hearts, that is )

    Bleeding heart plants seem very finicky here about where they are placed. I have had one for years in a corner between the steps to the front porch and the side of the house and it loves that spot. It's mostly shady there, so I figured bleeding hearts would grow in other shady areas on my...
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    Landscaping ~ here's some land and scaping ```

    Thanks for these pictures, Valley Ranch. I love the southwestern scenery and landscape. We have nothing like that here in the northeast, and it looks especially appealing right now with the cold, rainy weather we've been having.
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    Rugosa Rose problems and questions

    Thanks Thistlebloom. That does lend weight to the theory that my original rose was a graft. Perhaps I didn't bury the grafted union as you're supposed to do, and that caused the demise of the original plant. It seems like the suckering plants should be more hardy than the grafted plant...
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    Rugosa Rose problems and questions

    Ridgerunner, the suckers are from previous years as well as some new small ones from this year. One of the dead branches I cut had new foliage growing out of it, so I wonder if I wasn't too quick to assume all the dead branches were completely incapable of regenerating. I could ask I suppose...
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    Rugosa Rose problems and questions

    Thank you all for the replies. I think you may be right, ducks4you, that the rose I bought could have been a hybrid. Are there different varieties of rugosa roses? I looked back through my receipts and see that I bought and planted this rose back in 2015. It came from Coldstream Farms, a...
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    Rugosa Rose problems and questions

    Last year my rugosa rose looked great and seemingly it was on its way toward becoming the 4 to 8 foot tall shrub I had hoped it would become. (1st image) Now it looks like this (2nd image) Where have I gone wrong? I assume I should cut down the dead branches, but why did they all die off...
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