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Rain and Training

March 9, 2016

Well the forecast was correct and we have had nothing but rain since yesterday evening. We got over 2 inches before midnight yesterday and are almost to the 2 inch mark today and more is forecast. On the rainy drive to Searcy and back, you could see streams overflowing and water backing up in fields. Flash flood warnings are out through tomorrow night, since more rain is coming, so be careful.

During a similar incident in late December in White County, the Arkansas state champion deodara cedar tree planted by County Judge Herbert Moody in 1939 in the southwest corner of the White County Courthouse lawn was destroyed by storms. They have since replanted, but it is no longer a champion tree–maybe one day. deodara cedar white co.

We had an excellent class today at a nice facility on the ASU satellite campus. mg training white county16 Not only did we have a nice group of new recruits, but great attendance by our seasoned Master Gardeners as well, looking for some refreshers.

Driving too and from Little Rock I was distressed to see so many seedling pears blanketing the sides of the highway. pear seedlings ark.m1r161 As we flew into LR on Monday you could also see a sea of white from the plane. This is becoming a problem all across the south. If you need to plant a tree, consider something OTHER than a flowering pear. They are pretty in bloom, but they set seeds, which the birds eat and the result is a whole host of seedling pears, blooming and setting more fruit, which just compounds the problem.

Tomorrow is a workshop at Garvan Gardens.

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