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Heavy rains in our area. We are in a storm watch, it has become very windy so we may lose power.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

This morning the rain was very gentle and I was happy about that since my seedlings needed water. The rain stayed light until after dark and now it is blowing a gale. I can only hope that the prevailing wind is from the north and the fence will provide some shelter for the plants.
We shall see no good to fret about it now. I know where I bought them had plenty on hand I might just have to replant. It will not be the first time.
This rain will be so helpful for the fires alert. We are in a red alert because the trees and grasses are so very dry. This deluge should remove that threat for sure.

Today I had a nice respite from the yard work but my hands are still too stiff to do any gripping. I guess gripping the saw so tight in my hands for the last three days has definitely done a number on them. It will take time to heal but I am still very happy to be this far.
I have always wanted a purple Clematis and I am toying with the idea of cutting the top off the Norway Maple. It is too close to the blue Spruce and consequently there is damage where the two trees are competing for light. We do not see that area from the house but I see it when I am working in the yard.
I have noticed the Norway Maple has a beautiful trunk. It is very straight and no branches have grown out from itís trunk till about 12 feet from the ground. It is absolutely straight. Last year it was infected in its leaves, that was a very extensive kind of blight. The leaves had burgundy blotches on the entire foliage, there was an article in the newspaper that said the blight may not be around this year.
I want to remove the treetop completely and there will be just the trunk standing and looking like a totem pole. I like the idea of using that trunk for the Clematis to climb up the tree. When I go to the greenhouse I will look for a fabric trellis work that I can attach to the trunk at the top. I will have to discuss my options. I do know the tree will not be cut down because I have gone too far to have the roots removed. I feel sure I can leave that trunk right there and utilize itís symmetrical lines to my advantage.
That is my tomorrows pursuit.
Tonight I was able to walk with Leslie SansoneĎs, 4 mile power walk DVD. I did find it harder since I am a little stiff, I am sure the exercise will help me get back to where I was a week ago. Soon the rail trail will be available for my walk once again.
Thank you Pat in Maine.
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    I sure hope the plants weren't damaged. The totem pole for the clematis sounds like a great idea.

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TERRI289 4/23/2012 10:05PM

    Hope you still have power. Did you get those ideas worked out for the clematis?

I successfully got my my eye injection and drove myself home-woot woot! It is still bitter here so I am on my way to bed,

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1CRAZYDOG 4/23/2012 7:50PM

    Wow! What a lot of work you've done! I love the idea of the clematis going up the trunk. It sounds beautiful! You are so creative.

Rest up a little!


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GLASSART43 4/23/2012 7:04PM

    Hi Pat,
I like the idea of the trellis and the maple trunk. You have been working hard so I hope there wasn't too much rain/wind damage. I spent a good part of Sunday working in my garden, mostly clearing weeds and prepping beds for plants. I've learned not to plant my veggies too early; we sometimes get a late frost. We've had some warm days but there's rain moving in by the end of the week.

Take care of yourself and rest those hands.
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LITTLEWIND53 4/23/2012 5:43PM

    Would love to see a picture of your trellis trunk when you get it all done. Sounds lovely....

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RD03875 4/23/2012 2:06PM

    It sounds like you have a lovely garden!

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    I was quite stiff yesterday from my Saturday gardening as well. I decided to take an Alieve and it really did help! I have a few seedlings in the ground so far and lots of freshly transplanted perennials. I don't think this heavy rain will really bother them. If they get dislodged from the soil I'll just tuck them in again when it lets up.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/23/2012 9:14AM

    Your plans for the tree sound very nice. I hope we get more pictures. I also hope your new plants do ok and that you got lots of non damaging rain. Enjoy your day, Pat, hope its not too bad.

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SLIMMERKIWI 4/23/2012 5:35AM

    Stay safe and hopefully you won't get the worst of it!


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123ELAINE456 4/23/2012 3:23AM

  Please get plenty of rest and sleep. You need it with all the work you have done outside the last three days. You are doing a fantastic job with the yard and flower beds. You can be very proud of yourself. We are proud of you too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Hope the weather gets better foe you too.

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GDY2SHUZ 4/23/2012 1:35AM

    Tough luck on the weather your having. Sure hope the flowers are strong and are all right tomorrow.

I like the idea of using the tree trunk for a climer....Clematis. Do you have the flowers planted at the base of your Mom's memorial tree?

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DEBBIEANNE1124 4/22/2012 11:57PM

    Rest up, Pat. You deserve it.

Hope no damage is done by the wind and rain.

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IOEINC 4/22/2012 11:56PM

    We got alot of rain but no winds so we were lucky not losing our power. I did indoor exercises too, 2.5 mile run on the treadmill and strength training with my 5 lb weights. My legs were a bit sore from the running to get on the stationary bike so tomorrow since it is still supposed to be raining I will swap the treadmill for the bike. Sorry about your hands but you are really getting a lot done with the garden and soon you will be able to see the beauty of all your hard work. How did your baking go today? emoticon

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