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Really really bummed.

Mowed the entire yard yesterday, i.e. back field I have been ignoring. In doing so I checked our black locust trees, 14 of them in our yard. A few days ago covered with new growth, flower buds, ALL DEAD. The hard freeze (26 and 28f heavy frost) we had two mornings in a row wiped them out. I don't know if more buds will come out. The trees won't die, but the flowers might be history. The black locust is one of our main nectar flow trees, tulip popular is the other. The tulip popular has buds out, some are blackened. Between losing hives to mites, losing our main nectar trees I think nectar flow will be really low this year.
 
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And we are dropping to 30 tonight. All depends on how long it is cold as to how much damage is caused. Everything was two weeks ahead since Feb was warm.
 

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Nothing you can do but wait and see. Maybe there will be some straggler blooms that have not been killed.
 

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milk weed seedlings are growing, more coming up every day. I’ve read you need to put in a freezer to help germinate. I may have done this, I don’t remember. The seeds are 4-5 years old Goes to show weeds can be dormant for a while, 13 possible
plants so far.
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I’ve read you need to put in a freezer to help germinate.
I just stuck mine into the refrigerator on a wet paper towel in a plastic baggy. Then pulled them out getting ready to plant, forgot about them, they all sprouted! So I took the seeds scratched the soil put the sprouted seeds on the paper towel under a bit of dirt.
 
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Here's my time saving tip: I just plant the seeds directly in the ground in the fall and let Mother Nature do the rest!

Signed, The Lazy Gardener
 

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Everything is struggling here too, I see my bird bath is frozen today again, the heater just could wait till the cold was over, tried to re set it twice, no luck, so I had to order a new one. The electrical is a mess at the pond. I see another project.
there’s a Robin that hangs out at the squirrel,feeder, she’s struggling to find worms. For some reason, where the squirrels walk on the ground, she finds worms.
 

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Here's my time saving tip: I just plant the seeds directly in the ground in the fall and let Mother Nature do the rest!

Signed, The Lazy Gardener
I did that last year and nothing came up.
 

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Here's my time saving tip: I just plant the seeds directly in the ground in the fall and let Mother Nature do the rest!

Signed, The Lazy Gardener
I do the same, but just found these seeds laying around and figured fake them out that winter has come and gone. I have not checked to see how they are doing.
 
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check out the google doodle today on earth day! if already posted sorry, been busy

 

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check out the google doodle today on earth day! if already posted sorry, been busy

I missed it, its stay at home stuff to do now. I never use google. I use duck duck go for privacy.
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This is what our weather did to wipe out a lot of new growth, besides the black locust. Yesterday we dropped down into the 30's again.

I did some strolling in the yard on Wednesday, the golden rain trees lost all their growth also. Some of the ground covers loss their blooms. The morning it was 26f it looked liked it snowed the ground was so white with frost.
 

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I had all my plants outside and had to bring everything back in for a week or so, one night it got so cold I was worried about the milkweed seedlings. Their back inside now too. Around 20 came up. Maybe the end of the month I can get them in the ground.

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I had all my plants outside and had to bring everything back in for a week or so, one night it got so cold I was worried about the milkweed seedlings. Their back inside now too. Around 20 came up. Maybe the end of the month I can get them in the ground.

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Overnight cold wont hurt them once they're in the ground. I've been planting native seedlings for weeks. As long as they're acclimated to the sun, they'll be fine... unless you've got some curious rabbits.
 

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Your rite, I have a Rabbit hanging around, plus the Wood Chucks live out by where I want to plant.
it was Sunday night I think. I looked out Around midnight, and the roof and lawns was totally white, I couldn’t belive It. All the birds have been making nests, I wonder what they think of the cold again.
 

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We hit 32f again, 84f by friday! This cold smack was not bad enough to damage the trees recovering grow from the 27f freeze, luckily!
Birds making all kinds of nests even before the 27f cold smack, about 3-4 weeks ago.
 
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Went on my first walk in a long time yesterday. Probably chose the wrong place, because it was packed with people. Most people were obeying the 6 foot rule.

Tons of birds. Magnolia warblers, yellow warblers, and this one is a first for me. A Prothonotary warbler. It was incredible!
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