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Winter 2004-2005

We started the year off with a balmy 4º C, but by January 6th we were below freezing and it had started to snow! By the 8th we had quite the accumulation as you can see. It is now January 15th and the snow is still with us, although we are expected to rise above freezing for the next week with lots of rain, more the sort of thing we expect to see this time of year.

A nice, thick blanket and because we have had more than a week's worth of below freezing temperatures we will likely see a reduction in the number of garden pests this year.

Plus, a blanket like this is conducive to keeping the bloody rodents away from the lily and tulip bulbs! One of these pesky critters has been very persistent at digging down to one of our biggest lily bulbs, this bulb must be close to 5" and it doesn't seem to matter what we drop down the hole it digs, including dog droppings, it was not deterred from its digging activities by the time the snow started. Must admit I cannot wait until we can see the subject location again to confirm that indeed the snow was a good deterrent.