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  •  Mornin' all (6+ / 0-)

    Warming trend here which will bring highs of 80° on Friday and Saturday.  Before you say something nasty, realize that it will drop back down to cold temps soon enough and the fluctuation of temps tends to make about 30% of us sick.

    This kind of thing happened about 8 years back and my poor Bradford Pear tree thought it was spring and began to bud.  The cold weather that followed killed all the flowering buds.  That tree did not flower at all for three years and has never returned to its previous glory.  

    Have a great day, everybuddy ;~D

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:49:12 AM PST

    •  GM JaxDem (5+ / 0-)

      Bradford pear trees are beatuful once a year, If that didn't happen I'd cut the thing down & put in an oak tree !

      Hope your Tueday is what you want it to be!
      I can't wait for the 80s !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      :==)

      •  Our quaint little downtown had Bradford Pear trees (8+ / 0-)

        in planters lining the main drag.  Got up one morning to find the city had cut every one of them down during the night.  The things are exceedingly brittle and susceptible to wind damage.  After a few limbs fell on parked cars, the city decided to cut them down and plant some other kind of tree. They built beautiful new brick planters for the new trees.  Not sure what they are. We have several streets here in town that are lined with pink and white dogwoods for blocks at a time.  They are spectacular around Easter.  

        I have had to cut down a few trees that died, including a couple from lightening strikes.  I am threatening to replace them with pecan trees.  I like our squirrels.  Our next door neighbor hates birds and squirrels and cut down a lot of two and three hundred year old oak trees around their house because of the leaves, birds and squirrels.  They can just suck it.  I think I will plant a hickory tree or two as well.  The squirrels love them.  

        The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

        by Otteray Scribe on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:17:26 AM PST

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        •  Pecans are wonderful. Have a recipe for hickory (3+ / 0-)
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          nut cake if you need it in the future.

          "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

          by Diana in NoVa on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 04:53:30 AM PST

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        •  If you want to tick off that neighbor (1+ / 0-)
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          then plant some maple trees.  They grow fairly rapidly and produce an abundance of large leaves that will carpet the yard next door...and the next one and the next one and the next one...

          The 2nd and 3rd houses down from me planted 6 maple trees between them which create untold misery.  The wind most often blows from east to west and they are east of me (of course).  No way I can retaliate with my magnolia unless I rake the leaves up and dump them in their yards - which I admit I have been tempted to do more than once.

          As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

          by JaxDem on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 05:02:04 AM PST

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          •  Here in the mountains, we have straight line winds (1+ / 0-)
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            They usually blow from south to north, but not always.  I can have a three inch deep carpet of oak leaves in the yard, only to get up the next morning to find the yard mostly bare save for a few mounds of leaves in the wind shadow of the house, workshop and cars.  I have no idea where they go, but it is amazing how a 40 mph wind for six hours can scour leaves off your yard.  

            The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

            by Otteray Scribe on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 10:18:32 AM PST

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