If you're new to Canoe Corner Triumphs and Tragedies is generally posted on Friday or Saturday of each week. I take a walk around in my garden and discuss the week's progress. The good and the bad.
This Week's Triumph
Well the weather alone is enough to make me jump for joy. Where the snow was once 4 feet deep it's only past my ankles now (okay there's some drifts that come to my knees but I'm thinking positive!). There are puddles of water, the sun is shining and it's warm. Oh boy it's warm. We've even gone a few days without a fire in our wood stove. Spring has officially made it's presence known and not a minute too soon. This has been one long stormy winter and my whole body is breathing a sigh of relief.
|Hey look it's GRASS!|
|The branches on this lilac are full of buds just itching to burst|
A couple weeks ago I was reading Laurrie's blog, My Weeds Are Very Sorry. She talked about her trees being girdled by voles over the winter. While reading I was struck by one of those 'oh dear' moments. My trees were covered in snow, there are mice under that snow, and I did not think to protect my trees. In fact, this is new to me. On the west coast we don't have snow for very long, if at all. Critters living under the snow are unheard of. So I had no notion of what might happen. Well my first walk out in the yard confirmed my fears. Let's just say there was a very loud, very long, string of profanity that came out of my mouth.
|Several inches of the trunk and an entire branch were stripped of bark|
|The entire bottom portion of the trunk was stripped on this |
white birch and a small branch eaten to a nub