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Judith's Garden: Late-winter pruning is the perfect antidote to cabin fever

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Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Judith Irven



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SEVEN-SON FLOWER is a small tree with lovely white flowers in late summer that bees love to visit, as well as an interesting exfoliating bark. But you do need to keep it tidy by removing the vertical “water sprouts” and late winter is an excellent time to give it a quick pruning job. Photos / Dick Conrad

Cabin fever hits us all in late winter: after months of indoor living we find ourselves yearning for spring, and we can surely be forgiven for grumbling about the heavy wet snows that come in March.

Cabin fever: “a claustrophobic reaction from being confined in a small space for an extended period of time, resulting in extreme irritability and restlessness, often accompanied by an urge to go outside, even in rain, snow, dark or hail.” That’s Wikipedia’s definition anyway.  

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