bronzing"; it seems it won't actually kill the bushes, but the damaged parts will have to be trimmed off. I'm waiting to see some new foliage come in before I start trimming. These will certainly be some naked-looking shrubs for awhile, if I'm going to trim all those parts off. There's a spray that, when applied in November and January, helps protect the bushes from bronzing. Live and learn.
I've been finding lots of surprises in my yard lately: I ordered some bulbs last spring that weren't to be delivered until planting time in the fall; in August, totally forgetting about my spring order, I sent for more. So when all those bulbs arrived on the same day, I worked myself silly digging here, there and everywhere to plant them. If it weren't for the strawberries along the sidewalk, I'd have had lots of room for flowers. As it is now, I put crocuses along fences and sidewalks, and tulips amid the strawberries, and daffodils everywhere. There's never any real order to my flower-planting, but this year I've outdone myself with the helter-skelter planting.
So after a long, miserable winter, although I remembered that miserable day of digging and planting (oh, my knees), I didn't remember where I put which bulbs. Now I'm having a wonderful time on my morning walkabouts in the yard discovering all these plants! I've even found daffodils in places I don't recall putting them. See, getting old isn't so bad; you forget things you've planted and are pleasantly surprised when you find them.
As much fun as it is discovering all these flowers about to bloom, I will no longer order tulip bulbs in the spring. That should fix my double-ordering problem. I'm even going so far as to toss all catalogs from Breck's into the trash without giving them so much as a glance. Because I'm afraid the temptation would be too much.