trees and such
Things finally melted off enough that I was able to wander around today and *inspect* stuff, and my Scots Pines are getting absolutely hammered by bark beetles, again. I had to cut down three more last fall and from the looks of things, another dozen this summer. Yikes. So if you have any kind of pine tree, keep an eagle eye on them, the beetles are already active this year, and someone who would know told me that the first 'flight' happened last week. I tried to get some more systemic insecticide, which works if sprayed 2X a summer, but one of the nurseries didn't have any, and the other one had two bottles of acephate (sp) from last year, and the guy said it had been taken off the market.
I cut up the dead pinions that had held up the wisteria, and my daughter counted the rings on one of them. 160 years old. 18" dia at the base, about a foot dia at eye level. I'm using the pieces for firewood in the stove, and one of those pieces of the trunk will heat the house for 12 hours.
My fruit trees are all covered with swollen buds.