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February 2017

"There is no instinct like that of the heart."
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Mid-Atlantic Weather Watch: Fair, windy, cold with periods of lake-effect snow (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12); fair and cold (13, 14, 15, 16) with Nor’easter bringing, heavy snow (17, 18, 19). Fair and very cold, later not as cold (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27) with snow and rain in the southern part of the region

Full Moon: February’s Full Moon will occur on Friday, February 10th. Native American tribes living in cold and temperate climates, suffered very harsh winters with a scarcity of game during this month. It was aptly named Hunger Moon. And because snow was often at its deepest now in certain parts of North America, it has been also referred to as Snow Moon.

Special Notes: Watch out for "Punxsutawney Phil", who makes his much-anticipated appearance on Thursday, February 2nd. His "prediction’ of the coming of Spring will be determined by its actions. If it is sunny and the little guy sees his shadow, he retreat underground and we will face another 6 weeks more of Mr. Winter! If it is cloudy and he doesn’t, there will be an early Spring!

Holidays: The Christian Festival of Lights, or Candelmas, celebrated on Thursday, February 2nd is a day is marked by many churches that traditionally light more candles than usual during their daily services. The additional light made the day special and it was also believed that the additional light provided protection from illness and plague in the coming year. Valentine’s Day, February 14th, falls on Tuesday in 2017. Someone special deserves some of your attention on this day so plan something that shows your love and appreciation. The birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Sunday, February 12th) and George Washington (Wednesday, the 22nd) are collectively celebrated on President’s Day, which falls on Monday, February 20th to provide us with an extended holiday weekend.

The Garden: Mid- to late-February is the time to fertilize shrubs and evergreens. Use an acid-type Rhododendron fertilizer to feed evergreens, conifers, broad leaf evergreens, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and Camellias. Use an all-purpose fertilizer to feed Roses and other deciduous trees and shrubs. If you use granular type fertilizers, be sure to water it in thoroughly. It's a good time to stroll around and trim back any branches that were damaged by the ravages of Winter. If you haven't yet applied your dormant spray to your fruit trees, do it now!! Stored summer flowering bulbs may try to start into growth if they are subjected to heat. They should be kept very dry, and stored at 45E F. If they are shriveling, put them into slightly damp peat moss, but keep them cool! Your House Plants may notice the longer days and begin growing. You can begin feeding them again Strawberries can be planted as soon as they become available. Continue feeding our feathered friends. You will want them to stick around so they will provide natural insect control when the weather warms again.

J. Gruber’s Thought For Today’s Living

"There is beauty all around us when there’s love at home".

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