Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. finale

    finale said, 11 months ago

    Last year’s sapling is this year’s kindling.

  2. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, 11 months ago

    “Do it but I just can’t bear to watch.”

  3. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    Not having a hatchet man around, I can’t close my eyes…
    so I usually have to give a plant a little time before I can bear to off it myself….

    Just to make sure, you know, that it really won’t make buds in a few…um… weeks….
    or next year…. or maybe 2016.

    When it wiggles free of the dirt when I tug it, then I’m pretty sure it’s dead. I think.

    On gardening shows some woman, probably wearing plaid Bermuda shorts and a yellow visor, will glare at a pot of perfectly good petunias (well except for that brown stem there, and the fact that it hasn’t bloomed since 2009) and ruthlessly dump them out to plant her new pansies.

    It inspires me to go out and reassure my bedraggled nierembergia and the ancient one-armed rosebush that I’ll give them another summer.

  4. Reppr

    Reppr said, 11 months ago

    I once had a pair of apricot trees that didn’t bear fruit for 15 years after I planted them. That is too much patience. Thankfully, the pears that replaced them are really productive.

  5. Frogman_tg

    Frogman_tg GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    If I didn’t know better I’d swear she was standing there p’ing.

  6. Dr McCoy

    Dr McCoy said, 11 months ago


    Only if it were still Monday…

  7. djc928

    djc928 said, 11 months ago


    How far apart were they? Did they bloom at about the same time? Normally it only takes about 4 years for apricots to bear fruit. They can self-pollinate but will do better when there is another tree that is flowering at the same time and that’s not too far away.

  8. djc928

    djc928 said, 11 months ago

    If that’s a buddleia, you’d want to wait until the end of spring before deciding that it’s dead. There are a few trees and shrubs that don’t break dormancy until then.

  9. PuckerbrushCity

    PuckerbrushCity said, 11 months ago

    @Susan Sunshine………Thank-you! I thought I was the only one who did that sort of thing…

  10. Jean

    Jean said, 11 months ago

    in our area the Pecan is the last tree to bud out. we have 3 of them and all 3 have a pretty green “glow” about them where the buds are all out but not real big yet. A late freeze got some of our trees this year, didn’t kill them just stunted their flowering season.

  11. david_42

    david_42 said, 11 months ago

    Spring is the worst part of the year, cold, overcast, rainy, and my wife stressing until every tree and bush has budded.

  12. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, 11 months ago

    Sometimes I start to snap off a dead twig only to discover it was playing possum.
    (Possums playing possum in the middle of the road is also counterproductive.)


    ARLOSDAD said, 11 months ago

    Each spring there are some that don’t make it through the winter…Gotta let em go…

  14. Varnes

    Varnes said, 11 months ago

    DavidHuieGreen, I notice raccoons like to sleep by the side of the road a lot….That sounds dangerous, too…..

  15. ladylagomorph76

    ladylagomorph76 said, 11 months ago

    I finally went into our yard and declared every weed a “plant” and every gopher a “pet”! Since they were the only things that would grow there, I figured I’d just go with it. I was happier, and so were they. I mowed the weeds, and we had a “lawn”.

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