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Dearly Missed Reader,

I’m back, baby!!

I’ve been thinking about Rousseau’s Garden, and I’ve been thinking about you.  This crazy-ass weather has made my bulbs come up, which are sure to suffer from the inevitable ice storm right around the corner.  Nevertheless, the moderate temperatures and the notification that we are now in a new USDA plant hardiness zone (uh, thank you, global warming?) has got my gardening muscles flexing.  I’ve already started planning how to completely renovate the site manly man set up last year, what I want to grow, and how many more birds to add to our flock.  2011 was a year of personal challenges (those of you who know me personally know what they were and are — hoo boy), and 2012 promises to be a bear as well.  But I am determined to stay close to the ground and share my triumphs and bloopers with you, Dear Reader.  I look forward to your feedback and suggestions and your friendly bon mots at my expense.

Let’s Go!

JMW

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One response to this post.

  1. So glad you’re back and just in time for Super Sow Sunday tomorrow! I noticed yesterday that our bulbs were starting to grow, too. We had that happen a few years ago and then we had a winter storm several weeks later with sustained cold weather for weeks. Not much can hurt them BUT they may be shorter than you would expect. Your flowers will NOT be a loss. They will also grow normally next year. I have spent considerable time observing each and every one of the 20,000 bulbs in our yard. It is truly obscene excess. I like to go out at night and *listen* to them rustling the leaves as they grow.

    I would expect to see a lot of fluctuation in hardiness zones from this point going forward. I really doubt that the Department of Agriculture is any better in determining that than the Department of Commerce was in choosing our time zone. These are essentially industrial stats that the public gets to use. Already, we do not see May or September being the hot months they used to be. I miss seeing the bedding plants for sale all over this city but many retailers quit even trying to do that by the late 90s because they invariably lost most of their stock to freezes in May. I think Indiana will end up with a desirable year ’round climate for growing once the very cold conditions in the Southern Hemisphere equilibrate. Luckily, we won’t have to deal with the really challenging parts of living in a cooling cycle between ice ages unless we have some big volcanic eruptions.

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