Some frits are waking up
Mon, 02 Mar 2009 11:06:50 PST
On 1 Mar 2009, at 11:26, Jane McGary wrote:

> I'm very pleased that the measures I went to to protect the plants in
> December, when the temperature dropped to 14 F (minus 10 C) were effective. 

Would you be so kind as to repeat what those measures were?

> The garden, however, is still in winter, with very little in flower other
> than crocuses, snowdrops, and eranthis; also some early corydalis. 

Much the same here in Victoria, though the eranthis are well into the "going 
over" stage and no corydalis in evidence.  

> . . . no one will feel compelled to point out the weeds (there are very few
> of those in evidence yet, either). 

Ah. weeds! It seems like every garden has its own selection and every gardener 
their own pet peeves among the weeds. Although I'm only about a mile and a half 
from the house I lived in until 1988, there are weeds here that I never saw 
there: Plantago major, Solanum nigrum(?), that horrible little yellow-flowerd, 
red-leaved oxalis. But both gardens harbor the one I most dislike, popweed. 
It's a Cardamine species, but I can't ascertain which one. I've already started 
this year's round of weeding it out; just in time, as some of the plants have 
already formed flower buds and are showing color.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
on beautiful Vancouver Island…

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