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    Thursday, April 29, 2010


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    (formerly) no-blog-rachel

    Awwww.....*hug*. Stupid snow needs to learn when it should show up and when it shouldn't.

    Kim O

    Thud ! I am so sorry to see this . Crap . Do not give up - some will survive . Mother nature is a cruel mistress .


    Holy. Crap. I feel for ya. It happens here every once in a while, too. Fingers crossed for hearty seedlings!


    OUCH. I'm hurting with you.


    I'm so sorry. I know, in the grand scheme of things, that this is not a terribly tragic situation, but it's heartbreaking for YOU and I'm sorry about that. Keep us posted, mmmkay?


    I'm so sorry. This is heartbreaking. I hope things recover well, and your equipment is not seriously damaged. The trees... so sad.


    I wish I could send you some sunshine, we have it and don't really need it now :(
    She's not a bitch, too many female doggie companions might get offended - she's just mean enough to send a drizzling shower on a mother and kids during a walk to give the adult a nasty case of UTI and an earache to the kids (the non-bothersome, cool kind of kids, did't deserve it)
    Yeah, you can have all our sunshine for next several days.


    That, as we say in my neck of the woods, sucks donkey.

    But I have to tell you, seeing the word "trouper" spelled correctly is a balm to my wounded writer's soul.


    You know I have the utmost sympathy, since we got the same snow.
    Bitch, indeed.

    Mary Fran

    I'm so sorry. The old trees, oh, the old trees. It really does break my heart.


    It's one of those cruel reminders. . . that there are Things in This World that we just can't control. I'm so glad that it's melting quickly. May there be redemption. . . somewhere under the snow.


    In the words of T.S. Eliot: "April is the cruelest month." I'm so sorry.


    We had rare, freakish storms like that with trees falling right and left. It is devastating. The snow will be gone in a flash with it's devastation left behind. Your garden will survive and thrive, but your landscape may look a little different for the next few years.


    So sad about your trees and all the poor old ones that have been damaged.
    Sadder that you feel so low. I know you will rally and your heart will lift with the warmer weather.


    T.S Elliot sure had it right. Seeing broken beautiful old trees is heart wrenching.


    Oh no. Fingers crossed. I adore your garden and live vicarously through you since my own tiny plot can't support much life. Waiting anxiously for tomorrow's update.

    Connie G.

    GROAN! I hope you had chocolate and wine, too, for consolation.
    Yesterday afternoon around 2:00 I listened to a commentator from VT's NPR giving a report about the storm. She said that there were a lot of people without power, too. Hope you didn't have to experience that as well.
    Maybe those cold frames and netting are ok and did what they needed to do to protect your stuff. So sorry about the trees, though.


    You win. I don't know if that makes you feel better, winning the most extreme weather award for yesterday (in a contest of two people, no less!) but you win anyway.


    I'm so sorry! Hope your little seedlings are doing ok, and that your netting just pops right back up when the snow melts. Hugs!

    Rhonda from Baddeck

    Oh, so sad. Your garden will rebound, but I'm so sorry about the trees - the mature ones because they're old friends, and the young ones because of your dreams for them. {{hugs}}

    Kathode Ray Tube

    So that's what TS Eliot was talking about. (although I like the Marquis de Sade quote better). Jeez, I'm so sorry. I have been marveling at all your springtime garden planning and seedlings. I'm sorry some of it's been wiped out and hope this is the last of the sucky snowy weather.


    Trees broken from a storm break my heart! We had terrible storms and a tornado warning last weekend and several old trees were damaged. This week, its hard to see where the damage occurred. Enjoy the warmer weather.


    That is so heartbreaking. All your hard labor and lovely young plants. I'm sorry. And, I think Mother Nature needs something stronger. How about Prozac?

    Mary K. in Rockport

    Farming is tough, no doubt about it. Don't know how our ancestors survived it. Our sympathies.

    Jenn C.

    Holy crap!

    Mother Nature really is a bitch, isn't she!


    Oh wells. Time to pull up those big-girl panties and deal with it! You're a Vermonter--you can deal with this shit. Maybe the plum trees have been doing yoga and they're flexible enough to deal with this...

    Katy (knitterpated)

    Crap. That sucks.


    I know plum trees are not as resilient as shrubbery, but my forsythia was on the ground yesterday morning and bounced back to it's normal overwhelming height by evening. Perhaps your plums are young enough to retain some youthful limberness.


    Since moving into our old house 6 years ago, we have lost 3 huge old maples (and had to have them removed at great expense, I might add), so I can sympathize. But just remember, nature is resilient -- where we lost one tree, a couple others have flourished now that they have more sun, and losing the big one in the middle of the backyard has left the garden with lots of sunlight.

    Hugs to you -- hopefully things will look better in a few days!


    I live in a part of Massachusetts that was clobbered by ice a couple of years ago. The trees still show the scars, but already you need to know where to look and what to look for. Isn't there some old saying about "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger", or something like that?


    OMG...stunned... Hopefully everything will bounce back, better than ever but, yikes! We had a storm like that here in Ohio about 20 years ago. Well over a foot of snow, power knocked out in many places (including my drafty duplex!), blizzard conditions...and the next day, it was 75, and I was sitting on the patio of the local watering hole in a t-shirt laughing about it all with friends... Mother Nature is one crazy bitch, that's all I can say...


    Those pictures broke my heart. I'm sure the garden will recover, but right now, things look bleak.

    Hang on, stay warm, and it will get better. Promise.


    that's utterly painful to see.


    Oh, those pictures make me sick. I hope everything melts in a jiffy and all the plants survive...

    Melissa G

    Those freakish storms are rotten. I have to check with Margene for a heads up (she gets the weather before we do) 'cause the outlook is forboding.


    Oh you poor baby - I think you meant that gardeners are masochists, not sadists, right? either way, I totally feel for you -

    Seanna Lea

    That just sucks. I would be sobbing if it had happened here, though I wouldn't lose any gardening stuff as my seedlings are still inside.

    I recommend a homemade brownie sundae and either some wine or a fifth of something just to take the edge off.


    Oh man, oh man. That's just rotten. The pictures are very dramatic.


    So sorry to see that and all of your (and Mr. Jefferies') hard work in the garden pummeled. Boo! Bad snow storm!

    Hopefully the melt will show us some good news!


    Oh, honey, I am so sorry. Such heartbreak.

    Margaret is right, yes?

    Barbara S.

    I'm so sorry for all the damage to your garden. I was quite enjoying your posts about your plantings and you could tell you were having a great time with it. The damage to the older trees is the saddest, isn't it? We had lots of rain and wind here (north NJ) a few weeks ago and so many healthy trees just fell over because the ground was so wet they couldn't hold on...huge trees fell over with their whole root ball just out of the ground.
    I'm glad you don't have damage to your home and hope the new nets and cold frames hold up.


    Oh, I don't know Margaret & Cookie.... Read that quote by Sade that I put at the top of the page.  He took pleasure in inflicting pain and torture and humiliation AND in receiving it. So I take issue with the modern psychological definitional difference between the two. I say they are all tied up (pun intended) together -- sadism/masochism. All the same and intertwined.  I'm sure I'm technically wrong, but.... anyway, apparently we gardeners are that... "Please, hurt me again, garden!!!! I LOVE IT!!!" :D


    I'm so sorry about your garden - the trees in particular. I've been looking at the apple blossoms in mine and worrying that they are still a month early.

    Good luck with the cleanup.

    Becky in VT

    Oh Norma, I feel your pain - I'm out in the hills just a stone's throw from the Jeffersonville area that was hardest hit during the storm. We lost power, we lost trees, we got hammered. My only consolation is that (since I don't live near that nice warm lake) I hadn't put any seedlings outside yet...


    oh that truly sucks. :o( I'm so sorry.


    I'm so sorry, Norma. Stuff like this reminds me that we're just small fleas on Mother Nature's back.

    Hope there's not too much damage.


    The only solace I can offer you is that after the two consecutive (less than a week apart) 20-30" snowfalls this past winter, I thought our lovely line of 12 Leeland Cyrus trees were goners. Limbs hanging down to the ground; it was pitiful. However, I left them alone (didn't knock of the snow because I couldn't even get to them). And surprisingly, gradually they came back just fine. I know this isn't likely to be true for some of your other trees, but hopefully the evergreens will bounce back.

    Andrea (@shutterbitch)

    We experienced an awful ice storm a few years ago, and I was convinced many trees would be demolished under the strain of the 1/2 inch of ice. It didn't even melt quickly and yet, those trees I thought were toast bounced back and survived, most of them none the worse for wear. The ones that had limbs break off grew new shoots to fill in the holes. Only the ones that were felled or totally split didn't survive. So don't lose hope. Mother Nature is a bitch, but the Earth has adapted to her moods. Perhaps you'll find the survival of your flora and fauna surprising indeed.

    I hope you'll be eating pears this summer, despite your curret fears.

    Rosemary McN

    Ouch! Nothing more except to offer you a hankie and a vodka anything!


    I am so sorry. Wallow away today. You'll have your mud boots on come this weekend, and you'll have a fresh perspective. You're a Master gardener, ya know.

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