Spring Is Coming...

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    Feb 06, 2015 8:33 PM GMT
    Well crap. I guess I'd better get out there and prune the roses before it's too late. Supposed to rain all weekend icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 07, 2015 1:09 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe frogs are singing. They woke up last Tuesday. There are two owls in the yard, hooting up a storm, and one farther off in the woods.

    Only a few more weeks until I can put the shirts away and take the top off the jeep. icon_razz.gif

    Are you ready for outdoor sex season?


    Yes, when should I come visit?
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    Feb 07, 2015 1:17 AM GMT
    I know right! I have tulips and all kinds of other crap i planted coming forth. And so am i… I love spring.. makes me horny. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 07, 2015 1:28 AM GMT
    Nope.

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    It's snowing in Montreal. And -17 Celcius (1.4 Fahrenheit).
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 07, 2015 2:45 AM GMT
    I'm in lower Hudson Valley, NY, and it's nowhere near Spring here. We've had snow cover since Jan. 24, now up to about a foot on the ground, and next Friday's high temp is 10 F with a low of -10 F.

    But I'll be happy to take a few more weeks of winter if it means we'll have another mild summer like last year! And no ticks!
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    Feb 07, 2015 2:55 AM GMT
    Disasterpiece said
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    Oh, those are cars. Thank God. For a moment there I thought it a planned community of igloos.

    Oh look, a planned community of igloos. The internetz has everything...

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    Feb 07, 2015 3:23 AM GMT
    Spring Is Coming...

    Spring is just a semantic term here in South Florida, to help delineate the months of the year. But climatically it's always Spring, or Summer, and never actually Fall or Winter.

    We just said goodbye today to a friend of ours from Holland. He stayed with us for over a week, as he usually does each Winter. Because Winter over there really IS Winter. And so we have many Winter refugees down here right now, and we usually open our little condo to some who are our friends.
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    Feb 07, 2015 4:03 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe frogs are singing. They woke up last Tuesday. There are two owls in the yard, hooting up a storm, and one farther off in the woods.

    Only a few more weeks until I can put the shirts away and take the top off the jeep. icon_razz.gif

    Are you ready for outdoor sex season?


    It's that way most of the time here in az!!

    ALWAYS READY!!
    lol
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    Feb 07, 2015 4:20 AM GMT
    Dang. I can hear the frogs clearly, sitting here inside with all the windows closed. That's a little unusual for early february. By the end of march, they are as loud as a jet engine. Overpower your fancy car stereo when you drive past the pond. Only an inch long, but they are horny little fuckers, and there are millions of them.
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    Feb 08, 2015 6:13 AM GMT
    Dogwood starting to bloom. Smells perdy.
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    And here's the avocado blooms. Tree is covered in them. I noticed ants on many of the blooms though. That a problem?
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    so I cut one off to bring inside
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    and dissected it (sorry pic didn't come out good but used flash cause I didn't have tripod handy
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    but it looked healthy inside. no browning in there at all. I'll do that again if they fall off the tree I guess and see if that's the problem.

    I hope the ants aren't the culprits. I'd think that'd be tough to control.
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    Feb 08, 2015 6:29 AM GMT
    Yeah... we usually do a "dormant spray" on the fruit trees when the buds are just starting to swell, to control mites. Usually, it's basically atomized vegetable oil, which smothers insects. But sometimes people mix fungicides in with it. The key is never to apply the same kind of fungicide twice in a row, or you'll get resistance. Also need to get the timing right to avoid impacting pollinators.

    If you have only a couple of trees in a suburban yard, it's usually best to simply contract with a "lawn care" company that has all the proper equipment and licenses and can follow the regime recommended by your local extension agent.

    If you live in a fruit-growing region, you might get contacted by the county weed-master, who might demand that you either treat your trees according to best practices or remove them. Back-yard fruit trees can be a serious reservoir of disease and invasive insects that can threaten commercial orchards.
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    Feb 08, 2015 7:29 AM GMT
    Yeah, um, well, with all due respect to your orchard and the work you do there, our attitude in Florida at this point is fuck the weed masters. We had a horrible situation just a few years ago with I think it was some supposed canker or some shit and the state tore out everyone's citrus. It was an absolute fucking outrage. People had been growing these things for years and were heartbroken. Never did solve the commercial guy's problems and so with hardly a whimper or whisper that annihilation program has been swept under the sod. Tough to discuss that here without someone getting pissed off.

    But I do of course appreciate your info. I hate the idea of poisoning but I know sometimes required. Vegie oil doesn't sound bad. I've used a fish emulsion to kill scale so I get the concept.

    As far as I know so far the avocado doesn't have pollinators. I could look it up again but my memory is that the flower opens one day or part of the day as male, closes and opens again as female. So it doesn't even need another tree. I think it's just wind that pollinates or self pollinating. Huh, come to think of it, sounds like some of the posters here.

    He's not forever alone; he's self pollinating.
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    Feb 08, 2015 10:24 AM GMT
    Oh yeah! Can't wait.

    Only drawback is more crowded gyms from people who don't go all year long. Hahaha
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    Apr 04, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
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  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 04, 2015 3:58 PM GMT
    Yes but the closer spring gets the closer winter becomes
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    Apr 04, 2015 4:17 PM GMT
    Sky is still a healthy grey in the UK. No premature disrobing just yet!
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    Apr 04, 2015 4:30 PM GMT
    Oh, most of the wildflowers were weeks early and almost gone now. The orchards are in full bloom, but the conditions aren't very good for pollenization. Lots of spring work getting compressed.

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