Garden Adversity

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Our garden was just finally starting to be interesting, when two days ago we got >8 inches of rain in 24 hours with several rounds of hail; the hail was so thick that, washing off the roof it plugged up all the eavespouts and washed down in piles. The whole garden now looks like a giant sat on it. I was going to post some pictures of trilliums and erythroniums, but they really got trashed. We had a monumental drought last year; now we've had more rain in one day than we had all last summer. Stamp collecting is starting to sound more and more attractive as an alternative hobby!

Don Bolin  Zone 5a in eastern Iowa, USA (corn country).

Tim Ingram
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Joined: 2011-04-27

Very sad to see those daphnes - they are such special plants in the garden. At least with rabbits they tend to eat certain plants and I actually spent a year getting over my frustration with them by recording the damage they were doing. Deer must be so difficult to deal with; most people here end up with a very high fence but it must be a big investment.

Mark's game of croquet made me think of armadillos - presumably these are only found way down south? I imagine they would take a bit of controlling.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.

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Anne and Don- sorry to hear about the trials :(
I was expecting bad vole issues this spring since the snow was (still is in places) on the ground so long this year, and they are most active under the snow, but so far have seen no signs of them on the beds that have/partly melted out... still many beds/areas snowcovered, though so too soon to say overall, but one bed I was especially worried about since it is near one of the mowed areas they have usually been most active, is looking okay on the part that is out of snow..

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F;

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All those Daphnes....
Really heartbreaking, Anne. :(

Iowa seem to be really suffering from climate change, compared to most of Minnesota.  Drought, flood, walloped by huge blizzards.... and now hail....

Well, yesterday (April 18) I did get 11.5 inches of snow...!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Anne, how sad to see the damage to your daphnes, the antlered rats at their worst.

Don, hopefully your area has recovered from the winter-weather-in-spring situation that seems to be plaguing many areas of the US & Canada this year.

We had two late snows in March totally nearly 3', but April has been fair and seasonably cool, with a few nice warm days thrown in, so flowering on spring plants, bulbs, and Magnolias has been excellent.  Although tonight supposed to go down to 25 F, so I will be protecting a few plants, and accept the fact Magnolia blooms will be fried and turn brown for the several types currently in flower.  But overall, I really can't complain, it seems we have escaped some of the worst of temperature and weather swings.  

We don't see much of our friend Panayoti on NARGS Forum these days, as Facebook and his own blog take up much of his time, but apparently Colorado has experienced a terrible spring so far, with lots of plant devastation. Panayoti has written two blog entries describing their winter-in-spring conditions:

My continuing frustration is a stealth varmint that I have not yet seen, but does serious garden munching, eating the blooms off of crocus, and now moving on to tulip species, I suspect it is a rabbit.  Saw a tip for using a sprayer, and a mix of common tabasco (1 tbsp) and water (1 gal), and spraying favorite bunny-food plants each night, I might give it a try.

Below is Crocus malyi 'Sveti Roc' (photo on the left), a dwarf form of C. malyi that is nearly stemless; normally the species has tall-ish tubes. One may notice one eaten off flower. After this photo, the following day, every flower was gone, eaten off.  Next to it (photo on the right), is Tulipa bifloriformis, now each day when I go out, more and more of the flowers eaten off.  Grrrr.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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