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our freaky cold weather has brought surprises

 
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well we had the coldest winter in over 60 years and now the coldest summer too..and it has brought on some surprises that only wierd weather will in our part of the country..

I now have oriental poppies reblooming !! go figure..what a shock to see that bright orange this time of year..

my black raspberries are also putting out lots of new green berries and I picked a large handfull off of one cane of black ones this week..

oh you elderberry fans..i noticed they were about ready to pick around here too so get your picking boots and go lookin !
 
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wow! do you figure that they have already had enough cold to think that its spring again?
 
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well i guess that could be true..it has been a very cold summer..not the coldest we have ever had as i remember colder..but danged cold..

we have had several frosts..but none really hard killing frosts..just 32 and 31 F on the thermometer..very little damage so far.

leaves are turning like crazy now though..esp the woodbine vines..which i love in fall they are like they are on fire
 
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I'm looking forward to the fall foliage. the mild year and lots of rain should result in some great color!
 
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well the forcast has us turning much colder now..was surprised at how dark it was this morning at 7 am..was like i didn't want to get up.

we were in the lower 30's this morning..but no frost today. Guess i'm going to have to work on some garden clean up soon..not sure if my canteloupe are ripe or not..and not sure how to tell..i think they need another few days of sunshine..
 
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canteloupe should slip from the vine easily when ripe. with that kind of cold I would be surprised if they continued to ripeb though
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