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January 26, 2010

A windstorm hits the garden

Gardening feels a lot like Christmas.

You no sooner finish with it than it is time to do it all over again.

I spent an unseasonably warm day in the garden last week, picking up months of debris, raking up last fall's leaves and cutting back last season's dead stock. I felt like I had a head start on my spring chores.

And then a windstorm hit.

Photo credit: Michael Weishan/Old House, Old Garden

According to my colleague Frank Roylance, who blogs at Maryland Weather, winds gusted up to 40 miles an hour on Monday, and about three-quarters of an inch ofo rain fell in my area of Anne Arundel County.

Leaves returned to my yard from parts unknown. And my neighor's two Linden trees shed their small branches like dogs shedding fur: All over the place.

It was a particularly frustrating example of the circular nature of gardening. You do it, and then you have to do it again. Like laundry or the dishes in the sink, nothing in the garden stays done.

The good news is, nothing really big and heavy fell on my fence, my car or my house.

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About Susan Reimer
Susan Reimer has spent 16 years writing about raising kids - among other topics - in her column for The Baltimore Sun. And every time son Joseph or daughter Jessie passed another milestone - driver's license, college, wedding or a move to a new military duty station - she has planted another garden. Now she will be writing about those gardens - and yours - here on Garden Variety.

Susan isn't an expert gardener, but she wasn't an expert mother, either. Both - the kids and the gardens - seem to be doing well in spite of her.

She lives in Annapolis with her husband, Gary Mihoces, who loves to cut his grass but has noticed that there seems to be less of it every time the kids pass another milestone.

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