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Nipped in the bud, or nearly so


Unseasonably warm weather teased my spring-blooming camellia into unwisely blooming too early. Some buds survived the weekend freeze, and this partly opened flower survived, but the other blooms turned brown.


It was the same story with the Carolina jasmine.


The late roses are all gone.


For several years, I’ve been observing the work of the moles in the yard. Sometimes they’ll work an area so thoroughly that the ground feels weakened and soft. But ultimately, if they do any harm, I can’t detect it. In fact, I think they improve the soil and the growth of the grass by aerating the soil. They particularly seem to work areas where the grass is not growing well and needs aeration, so that’s a good thing.

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