What’s up, what’s down

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The snow banks are coming down; we can actually see grass in a few places. The Park’s Whopper and Gardener’s Delight tomatoes are just popping up, and can be put in a sunny window shortly, as are the Nagoya Flowering Kale seedlings. However, I’ve found an infestation of white fly on my large geranium plants ( I have quite a few) and am rinsing the plants off and then treating them with Hi-Yield DySyston, a systemic insecticide. I’ll probably need to treat all of them in that room, even though some aren’t affected yet, and also will wipe all the shelves with a Chorox solution, ans well as soaking the saucers.
I don’t really need this right now. Never had this before and wonder where it came from!
Outside, our work will begin with damage control – snow plowing does things to plantings. Being across from a school, we “sweep” sand and gravel from the lawn every spring.

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USDA Hardiness Zone: work in 3-5 Location: Home:small urban: work:homes and businesses Geographic type: hills, rocky outcroppings Soil type: gravelly soil – sand – sandy loam – silt – clay Experience level: professional 16 years Particular interests: design using perennials, annuals, shrubs and rock.

Now, the digging and dividing of perennials, the general autumn cleanup and the planting of spring bulbs are all an act of faith. One carries on before the altar of delayed gratification, until the ground freezes and you can’t do any more other than refill the bird feeder and gaze through the window, waiting for the snow. . . . Meanwhile, it helps to think of yourself as a pear tree or a tulip. You will blossom spectacularly in the spring, but only after the required period of chilling.

~Adrian Higgins in The Washington Post, November 6, 2013

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