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Changing hardiness zones

Eastern Phoebe on the pea trellis
The books say that Eastern Phoebes don't live in our area over the winter, but birders will tell you that a lot of them do hang about.  I'm not quite sure what these insectivores eat in the dead of winter, but even I could see the bugs coming out of the woodwork in the last couple of days.  So I guess it's no wonder that the phoebes also made an appearance, with one hunting from an old pea trellis yesterday morning and two more serenading us as we ate supper outside.

I even saw the season's first butterfly Tuesday --- a comma (or maybe a question mark --- I need a book to distinguish the two.)  This time the book told me that the sighting wasn't too far out of the ordinary, but I couldn't help being a bit fearful of the big G.W. (global warming, that is) as we dip down from zone 6 and into zone 7 (according to the National Arbor Day Foundation's revised zone map.)  One of my gardening friends plants everything a couple of weeks earlier than she used to, and says that we definitely have dipped into a warmer zone.

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We've changed zones too. I didn't even realize it other than thinking spring keeps coming earlier. HHmmm. I wonder if there are new varieties of plants I can try now.
Comment by Fostermamas Wed Mar 11 14:09:00 2009
That's a very positive way of looking at it! I think I'll cultivate that positive thought. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Mar 11 18:32:39 2009

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