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It's only supposed to be 99 today and 67 tonight! What a break from the desperate triple digits. Still no rain...one year now. Still lots of wildfires and crazy people buying fireworks... but I'm not working today so enjoying myself inside!
I can't imagine trying to garden there, Prissy. The hot weather wouldn't bother me too much but no rain? We have crazy folks all over. We just had a new law passed that says they can now shoot the fireworks into the air from their home. Great! Now, we have to be even more vigilant so we don't have our neighborhood burnt down.
We had some rain a few days ago but not much. Maybe a tenth of an inch.
The Sweet William has taken over! There is a Rose of Sharon and Holly in there somewhere.
90°/98° Mostly sunny. Hot and humid. Heat index near 110F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Prissy Jo, yayyy on that rain dance!! 5 miles isn't too far. Maybe their damp conditions will cause more clouds,
That is a lot of fuel to produce a cloud. It is a possibility for those who are desperate.
We think it could have been an old racoon after all. The guy down the street plants a long line of corn across the road and traps them every year. We think this might have been an old smart one he caught before. I think it wanted the egg and marshmallow, but was too smart to go in. Yes, we do have skunks, and possums too.
Thanks, I hope you dance a good one, LOL!
Beautiful rose! I don't have anything like that!
Adina, we have had nightly droppings that we figured were racoons. They last one's could have been coyote, of which we do have around here. Fox too. We wanted to catch and relocate them to the timber and Wapsi creek out by my Grandma's.
Pepper, I'd be glad too, but I always want to buy plants when I find a hole or nothing is blooming, LOL!
Bernie, thanks for getting us out of June!
Rusty, that's a hot night! I hope you get some rain.
Prissy Jo, I hope no one starts anything on fire with the fire works, sheesh!
Celia, who are the idiots making these laws???
Ah, but isn't it beautiful!!
We were in the 90's yesterday with a decent breeze. I sat in the shade most of the day and popped out to do a little deadheading and other tiny unstrenous jobs. Even the mosquitos left me alone.
Today we got groceries early. I'm going back out today too and just enjoy summer. It gives me time to note what is wrong with my beds and what should I move this fall.
Thanks PrissyJo, I saw you said, "Hope the flooding here is easing off". Actual flooding isn't right around here right now, although, it could be in a few days when the surge in the Missouri River gets here in a big way soon.
How about the Hen and Chicks Chick in this basket?
How about these "Walking Onions" that I cut yesterday? A friend says they don't get that big at the store. Thanks billyp, I'm hoping that one Hen will fill that basket eventually. I have a shortage of Hens and Chicks. That other plant in that photo is a Tri-colored Jasmine in a Kerr canning jar.
A bit cooler today, they only say a high of 91° F today. I know that overnight working at Fedex it felt considerably better with the wind coming in.
It was about 90° here today.
We spent most of it w/ Joycet and her Husband up in her Gardens.
Swapped some plants, helped w/ a bit of weeding, brought home a new Koi.
AMAZING shots Bernie!
The corn here is extremely stunted. Only about knee high at best.
In the old days 'Knee High by the 4th of July' was good.
W/ the new Hybrids and growing techniques it's usually shoulder high by now...
I pick it out of the moth coons and I look out for the wasp was nest in my good juniper that wasp flying around me and I just back off and wait for few minutes then don't bother wasp's nest in the juniper! I got all off but not all cause of wasp's nest...
I found this that I pick it off the moth coons that I look oh so tiny one bug!
Beautiful day yesterday. I could tell by the millions of mosquitoes everywhere.
Picked strawberries, so am having a bowl for breakfast.
Mowed the lawn & did some weeding in a flower bed.
Worked a little in the shop.
Sunny & warm this morning.
well looks like temps are hot all over the great US, here we are usually in the 90's so we headed down to siesta key breach. Just to take a stroll alone and look for sea shells. The water was warm, almost too warm, but don't know for sure as I was dressed for swimming, just strolling.
We have been blessed with afternoon thunderstorms and lots of rain this past week. Before we had gone almost a month with no rain, everything dry and dying, just terrible. It is amazing how fast everything comes back to life after some rain.
We had rain for almost 10 minutes yesterday. The drops never did get very close together. 101 today. Fireworks have been cancelled for many cities organizations because the entire state is under a burn ban. Curiously, the fireworks stands are still busy in the unincorporated areas. That I don't understand. If it is illegal to use them over a broad expanse, how can it be ok to buy/sell them? Ignorance is wide spread.
Oh no, Celia! I have a Black Eyed Susan which I "stole" from the field...I don't know how it happened to grow there, but I wanted it and got it!LOL
Very cold this morning, only 50F. Temps went up to 70F during the day and the sun was up.
Happy 4th of July everyone in US!
Any fireworks that fly or explode are illegal in MN. So every town has the big displays. We went to St.James. Very nice display. There is a lake by the city park. They shot them off from a barge in the middle of the lake. No worry for anybody getting hurt from there.
Hot and humid still. Today is even worse than yesterday. It's so humid out you can taste the humidity. Yesterday was hot but not quite as humid. Went to a nearby town and watched fireworks there. They had a great show so will probably go back there again next year and watch.
Hollyhock Creme De Cassis is what this should be. First time blooming for me since I got it last year.
The weather here has been tolerable, not extremely hot right now or the last few days, tho that could change. - Tomorrow weather.com says 84°/70° with a 40% chance for rain.
Billyp, yes the Tri-color Jasmine is zone 8, a house-plant here! I gave that one and a Hens and Chicks jar like it to a friend Saturday. I hope they bring the Jasmine in for the Winter! Nice Hollyhock there, Pepper! I bet those vultures are liking that, too bad for the fish tho.
Hi everyone~ Only supposed to be 98 today. same forecast as yesterday, but it ended up 106.7 yesterday. We actually have a 10% chance of some rain next Sunday! We'll see what happens.
Love everyone's pictures. So nice to see thick, lush green grass and gorgeous flowers from Bernie and billyp.
No wonder Ric has so many butterflies with those outrageously beautiful flowers.
Can't believe pepper you can make hollyhocks grow with the rain you've had this year. Mine grow without even being watered at all... it's been one year now without rain!! Four o'clocks, dill, zinnia have all reseeded themselves and grown and bloomed with zero rain. Amazing.
Adina, what kind of tomatoes are those? Never seen any like that.
LadyPearl, gosh it's sad to hear about your fish. If they stop pumping our lake full of water with that well, we'll lose all of ours too.
So glad we didn't get many crazies shooting off fireworks.
Celia - your garden with your sweet williams is gorgeous. I lost my rose of sharon and 12 ft. hollies this past winter. so sad. I loved them.
Will - loved your hen and chicks but that jasmine is gorgeous!
My DH insisted we put up a greenhouse this year so we did and I love it. I'm thinking of putting some jasmine in there so I can keep it alive during the winter.
Lou- people were trying to buy fireworks here from the vendors but then the landowners where the vendors were renting came in and shut them down! yeah!
E_B, loved that cartoon!
Jan - I hope I get to experience that wonderful feeling of everything coming back to life after a rain. That will be great.
Oh My Word! Have you seen the huge dust storm that has hit Phoenix. Were I there, I would think it was the end of the world. So many people used to move to Arizona for health. Mainly, those with asthma. So sad.
Yep that was one heck of a dust storm in AZ. - what a mess to clean up. At least we have dead or dying grass to hold our soil in place here. When the wind kicks up we do get a lot of flying dirt though (from the fields that have been plowed.) So far seventeen bushes in our yard have died even though we had been watering them. They just don't care for tap water.
I'm curious to know if those of you that have wells and water your gardens can tell a difference when the weather is this hot (especially those in the drought areas). Was it worth the cost of getting the well dug and pump, etc. ? I know plants like well water much better than water from the hose. But I'm wondering if the heat is stressing the plants more than the lack of good water (rain or well water.)
Billyporter, it is very sad for the fish and the other wildlife that drink from the stock tanks, not to mention the problem for the ranchers in providing water for cattle in remote pastures.
I guess it is better that the vultures eat the fish than for them to lay around and smell bad (rot.) But it would be MUCH better if this weather pattern would change and we would get some good soaking rains. Do I sound like a broken record? (yes!)
It takes a lot of water to match a good rain. 1" of rain is about 6½ gallons per sq yard. Your bush is probably taking up 9 sq yards, so you would need to run close to 60 gallons of water every time you water to get it moist enough to do some good. You will need to check how long it takes to fill a 5 gallon bucket to tell how long the water needs to run. If you are using a sprinkler, you will lose at least half the water to evaporation.
Prissy, beautiful sunflowers! I'm not sure what kind are those tomatoes... some of our Romanian species, anyway. I'll tell you better when they will are ripe. I saved lots of seeds last summer from the tomatoes I bought from the market. We have lots of people selling their own products in the market, just like Bernie.
Sally, they are rescued in my garden, yes!!!
Pepper, wonderful color of your hollyhock!
Hot, very hot, 92F today!!! Have to overwater !
Look who's having fun at the pool! Nicholas and my DD will leave to the seaside on Monday.
65°/87° Plentiful sunshine. Winds light and variable.
Prissy Jo, I am glad you love your greenhouse. I think they are so nice!
Celia, I have the red and yellow gaillardia, but what is the pretty yellow one?
Lou, what a horrible dust storm!!!
Pepper, Meringue is beautiful!!
Ladypearl, we put our own pitcher pump in. To me it's very worth it, but we only had to go down 22' and the place we got our pipe lent us the auger and pipe pounder. Right now, we are just damp a few inches down so we've been watering garden and a few choice plants every day.
I would say the heat stress is bad. We had wilted tomato tips before we watered and the weather got nice for a few days. Today it starts heating up again.
Thanks PrissyJo, I wish that Jasmine was hardy outside, but it's zone 8. I think I've been lucky accommodating it in the Winter. I started out with 6 Jasmine plants, I am down to 2, they look healthy though. Nice 'Meringue', Pepper! I know if I was a butterfly I'd land on it!
Sorry it's so dry there, PrissyJo, we have an abundance of rain I'm afraid. I wish I could send you the torrential downpour we had yesterday.
CountryGardens, I hadn't done the math so didn't know exactly how much water was required (a lot as you have pointed out.) So it doesn't really matter I guess in a drought this bad if you water or not, stuff is going to die (unless you have a well). It's sad and frustrating.
Billyporter, guess we should find out how deep the water is in this area then, and get the ball rolling on putting in a well.
Adina, I would like to trade your hot weather for our hot weather. We are expected to be 108 degrees this afternoon. : / Looks like that young'un is having a good cooling off in the pool! : )
Kwanjin, how does that sedum hold up in hot weather?
Hot today! All the garden help is holding up pretty good. Most of the picking is done. A couple things left for evening. Let them grow as long as possible, cucumbers, summer squash & zucchini.
Also will pick strawberries this evening.
We will have a big load tomorrow. Big bucks!
Well we got rain just when we needed to do some heavy duty container watering!
The Butterflies need a good food source for their caterpillars. Provide that and you get lots of butterflies.
We have feeding and egg laying plants now for most of the bigger ones and we are starting to see results.
BTW the purple flowering butterfly bushes attract more butterflies than the other colors.
66°/87° Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.
Will, we could use some rain, but I've been wishing it away in hopes the driveway guy would pin down a date to work.
Celia, I'll have to Google an all yellow gaillardia. I like it better than coreopsis.
Nice color on the sedum. Not too bloody :o) The yellow is nice too!
Ladypearl, It would be interesting to see how deep a well you would need. It might be 100'. That would start being expensive. I'm putting up a link. I haven't had time to look into it much. I'll have to do my town and see what it's all about.
Bernie, real glad your help is holding out. You deserve those big bucks!
Pepper, it is July!
Rusty, no like hot hot hot!
Ric, I think I have the Black Knight Butterfly Bush. It's barely bloomed so I guess I'll see this year for sure, LOL! I go thru more bushes. Nanho Blue was the one I had the longest and it died out. This one is too far under the walnut tree and is shaded most of the day :o(
We didn't get too hot yesterday so I mowed a day early. Still waiting for the driveway guy. We ''called before we dug'' and they marked the phone line. We knew where it was and know all our things are in the back yard. They marked both phone and gas one year and I went out an measured it all. Then I drew it to scale.
64° and falling after a high of 84° today. An intense thunderstorm early Friday morning dumped a lot of rain so the gardens are doing well. Overall, the weather here has been good the past month of so. With so much of the country either flooded or in drought I consider myself lucky.
I collect rainwater from my garage roof (3 barrels) for watering container plants and garden plants if needed. We're hooked into the municipal water supply here so it saves me a bit to use rainwater and it's probably better for the plants.
Photo: The flower gardens are blooming! I took this photo early this morning.
Thanks for the link Billyporter. DH and I spent about 40 minutes looking at our area. It appears that there are lots of wells north of the border (in Oklahoma) but very few around here. That just seems too strange. Maybe there is a reason the Texans don't report the wells they have on their land. Anyway, we were not able to find out how deep the wells in our area need to be because there doesn't seem to be any. It was interesting to use that map though.
Everyday is the same - HOT and DRY. More of our bushes are dieing - some of them were planted 30 years ago when the house was built.
72°/88° Mixed clouds and sun this morning. Scattered thunderstorms developing this afternoon. A few storms may be severe. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Pepper, ROTFL!!! I pumped gallons and gallons of water yesterday on top of DH pumping more, and we watered and watered and watered.
Beautiful blooms! I've always liked Queen of The Prairie, but never got any. A neighbor down the street offered to share and I'm not sure she even has them anymore. I know they like it wet. Do you have your's planted in a wet spot? Love the Coneflower!!
Baptisia? I have two of the deep purple.
Early, I feel pretty lucky too, weather-wise.
Beautiful!! I need to get out and get overall pictures of my beds :o)
Ladypearl, I wonder who you could go to to ask? It's pretty interesting. Maybe there is too much rock and it's too expensive to drill? We have aquifers under us with a lot of sand and limestone to filter the water. You could Google the geology of your county.
We filled large tubs with water and pulled them on my garden cart to water. I can't imagine how many gallons, but it was all worth it. I waterd almost all my flowers that need water. Astilbe, Daylilies, Phlox, and we're keeping the garden watered too.
Not to bad of a day considering. Mankato & North Mankato are twin towns separated by the river. North Mankato had their yearly celebration yesterday. The parade is at 11 AM so cuts into our crowd.
We stopped & picked up a refrigerator from the cafe we sell eggs to. It works good but not approved by health dept. He sold it to us at a good price. We will use it in our market trailer for our eggs. Eggs sold at FM in MN need to be kept in mechanical refrigerator. The meat people have a generator we hook into.
Forecast today is 91º & sunny. High humidity. So this guy will be staying in air conditioned areas.
Probably work in the shop for a time. Air out there is very nice!
Baptisa is there and a bunch others. lol. None of the plants there are in a wet spot. More like a dry spot. I haven't watered in there for awhile. I finally dragged the laundry hose down to hit the rose I have right there but other than that it's holding it's own. I have a miniture rose that I should probably hit though.
Still hot, temps reached high 90s with heat indexes reaching 114 degrees in some places. Humidity is around 60%.
What our unusually cold winter did not kill, this hot summer is. My water bill is approaching $350. and is barely keeping things alive. Many plants are actually burned, including the Texas natives that are supposed to withstand hell fire. Not this time. The suns rays are so intense it is like standing in front of a steel mill's furnace.
Yep, Billyporter, you're right, we need to find out who to ask (get more info on digging a well here.) I have heard from a friend of a friend that it would run about 7k -that sure sounds high, though. Maybe we just need to buy a farm up there in Iowa where it rains. !
LouC, I've noticed that the sun's rays seem more intense as well. Even agave and cacti are getting those white scald marks on them. For the first time that I can remember had to move pots with periwinkles under the porch to get more shade since they were shriveling up even when kept watered.
CountryGardens, you have the most beautiful farmland and produce! How do you keep the weeds and insects under control with that much land under cultivation?
79°/92° Partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered thunderstorms mainly during the morning. A few storms may be severe. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Bernie, you are a master gardener and a perfectionist! Everything looks sooo good!
She paints a nice scene, and they are very nice to share their generator.
Pepper, my baptisias are in hot dry sunny beds and are doing well with no water. Yeah, I'd water the mini rose.
Lou, I can't even imagine a heat that intense. It's a shame to have to let plants go, but if watering can't help what do you do?
Ladypearl, that is pretty expensive. That's what I was afraid of, and I wouldn't say it's worth it. It sounds like they have to go pretty deep.
Smiling. The more weather I see, the more I like Iowa :o) We aren't perfect tho. We've had thunder, wind, and clouds racing over us this morning, and only a sprinkle out of it all. It's a good thing we've watered the last few days.
More rain last night. The workers will get muddy feet picking beans today.
Sun is out.
68º going to 85º.
Weeds; We have had 2 men weeding for near a month now. Lots of cultivating.
Bugs; Mother nature does a pretty good job. -30º in winter does them in & they need to start over in summer.
We've never had trouble other than thrips on Gladiolus. Once they came with corms from a place in IL. Another time with corms from Walmart.
We only buy corms from Nagel's in Michigan now.
Will be installing some bathroom cabinets this afternoon.
Wow, CountryGardens, you all do a good job (weeding). Sounds like that is an ideal place to farm (the winter kills most of the bad bugs for you. You get plenty of rain and have good temps.) We once got root knot nematodes in some soil/tomato plants from Walmart. Never did get rid of them.
Hope the cabinet installation goes well for you.
Ya'll send any extra clouds and rain to the southwest...
We have been at or over 100 for weeks now. No rain and none in sight. Even my Texas natives are drooping. What I didn't loose to our unusually cold winter is going to be gone in this heat. Actually brought two plants inside today because it is toooooo hot...even in the shade. hahahahaha Just scrolled up and this is almost exactly the same I posted a couple of days ago. Guess I just need to hold off until there is a change. Let's see that is usually around Nov. 15.
68°/78° A few showers this morning with mostly cloudy conditions during the afternoon hours. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Rusty, I hope your weather has changed by now!
Bernie, we don't get the way below zero temps anymore. Not that I want them, but it would be nice to kill a few select bugs.
Ladypearl, I've read that nemetodes can be a real problem and very hard to kill without professionals doing it.
Bernie, I hope the cabinets dried. Yep, humidity here too.
Pepper, beautiful daylilies!
Lou, no problem with repeats :o) We love weather. That's why we're here. There's always something to talk about, or pictures to post.
DD called to see when we might be getting the boys. I told her pack them up, we're on our way. Four kids are a handful and she hasn't asked for much help yet. I know she's getting worn out.
The wind has switched. We didn't get much more rain than to wet the road so it's a good thing we've been watering. I'm going to contimue to keep the blooming plants wet.
The hand pump was pumping hard so DH took it apart to check the leathers. It was rough, but not cracked, so he dried it off and put it back on.
He also made a bettter handle since the other one he made snapped. I tried the pump with the short original handle before he got the new one on and boy does IT pump hard. I would have ginormous muscles if I had to pump that way all day!
He took a piece of PCV pile that will fit snuggly over the handle, then melted it with a torch and bent it up to a comfortable angle. We doused it with cold water and it's so much easier on the wrist.
OMG, yes, I've been praying for rain for almost a year! IT'S HERE! IT'S ACTUALLY RAINING OUT RIGHT NOW. This is water coming out of the gutter for my 250 gallon rain barrel!!! You should have heard the workmen laughing at me when I told them I wanted gutters and rain barrels installed. I've got three 250 gallon barrels plus 2 55-gallons. They're filling up!!!!!!!! The temp dropped to 73 and the humidity is 72. Yes, even when it's raining here, the humidity is still only 72.
LOU and PEARL - I really really hope you're getting some of this!!!!!!
Glad that Rusty and Prissy are getting rain!! Whoo hoo!!
Sorry to hear about socal.
Still hot but only in the high 80s with high humidity. Tomorrow about the same then the heat ratchets up to around 100 for at least a 5 day stretch. We got several storms last night though so my plants are happy now. Won't have to water again til Friday.
Hooray for the rain, Prissy!
Sally, aweeee, what cuties! Love the daylily too.
E_B, lovely photo of your garden!
Celia, your sedum looks great!
Lovelylady, no thanks!LOL
Our temps are going up to 98F , no rain. Watering takes about 3 hours.
These are some of the carrots I pulled out to divide them.
With the recent tragedy of Joplin's tornado, I shall no more complain about our heat. We have lived through 3 tornados in our community, the last being 1994 that nearly took the neighboring community off the map. I have seen first hand the damage and it is so much worse than a picture. An acquaintance took a trailer load to Joplin and we donated as much as we could round up. I am thankful that I have a cool house and as much water as I want to pay for to take of my garden. Sadly, the weather bureau reports it will take hurricane to break up the system we have now and bring rain. Hard to pray for that. Now, if the gvt will just settle the budget so I can get my SS check.
Sally, nice weather! Having my coffee now too!
Beautiful phlox, Pepper!
It's very hot, 98F and going up. They forecasted rain on week-end...we'll see if this is true! I have cucumbers everyday at breakfast and the tomatoes are starting to rippen. Have to harvest the apricots, yeah!!!!
We had a dosy of a day!
Around 8 AM the sky opened up. Rained so hard people on the freeway had to pull over for a time. Lots of wind with it too. Then it got hot, maybe in the 90's. Around 3 PM, a thunderstorm rolled through. 1½" rain in 20 minutes.
Localized flooding because it came so fast. No wind this time, just rain straight down. A little wind later in the storm. Then it cooled down a little. Forecast is for 90's the next 7 days. Wow!
We have about 6" of rain since last Sunday early AM. Things are growing like gangbusters.
Cousa squash, which should be picked under 6" long, some was to big, had to throw it. It was picked Wed. Grew fast!
Field corn was planted late because of wet soils. Rainy, hot weather, it is now caught up to normal. Lots of tassels showing last couple days. Another bumper crop here.
I try but I am always losing them over the winters. lol. That lily isn't doing so good right now. Blooms smaller and I've already lost 1 bulb so am down to 2. I need to amend that spot but it has to wait til early fall.
Going to dig 8 huechera plants tomorrow and plant in a galvanized wash tub. The heat is killing them. Even though they are in dappled shade the leaves are scorched and crisp. Maybe I can save them for next year. Probably not worth the effort.
73°/88° Scattered thunderstorms, especially during the morning. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Geeze Loiuse Bernie! You had it all!
Rusty, that is so sad :o(
I pulled alll my beets already, but my turnips didn't make it. I do have onions and a tiny row of green beans to look forward to.
Pepper, grinning over wrong button.
Oh wow! gorgeous!
Celia, CRACKING UP!
Pepper, smaller?? LOL! Wow again! But I hear you on losing a bulb and dwindling size. My beautiful Muscadet and Oriential Girl are both gone now :o(
O.G. never was a strong grower, but Musc. was huge, fragrant and strong. I had dirt mixed up for them, but am down to one bucketful now. I need to move all of mine.
Lou, it will be worth it if you like them. Plant them one inch deeper than they were. Use a fork to dig them so you don't tear the roots. I myself use a spade and try to cut a big square of dirt around them, then just plant the whole thing deeper. That's how I try to move most things that are established. The extra dirt from that hole fills the old hole :o)
Today we heat up. It's already humid so I can see I need to stick to the shade. The driveway guy showed up last night with his two man crew, to orient them on the layout. They'll be here Monday!!! The concrete driveway is going to be wonderful!
Here's the layout with hopeful Hubby and the neighbor's cat, LOL!
75°/95° Sun and clouds mixed. Hot and humid. Heat index near 110F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Thanks Lou, the metal roofs are fairly new. It was that, or put a third layer of shingles on, only to have to strip it when we got 20 years older. DH did all the roofing and I helped carry shingles up. I don't miss it :o)
Pepper, LOL! That cat is small and gets skinnier every day! He is a beautiful creamy orange but so bony to pet :o)
Pepper, my tigers are getting ready to open. They were at my house when Mom and Dad moved in, so they are over 53 years old. Naturally I have the bulbs of the originals, but still... :o)
They are so beautiful!!
Celia, I love to see the pelicans! They are so strange to see in Iowa, but they do land at the conservation areas we have.
We get the hot weather today as the whole USA heats up!
The South yard. So far, the neighbors haven't taken the trees down. We will lose all that shade when they do and it's where we would like to put a second pitcher pump. It would go in the yard about half way down the flower bed.
I was looking at the outline for your new driveway. I have one question? How come you are cutting in and then straight, instead of having it the same width from the garage to the street? I'm asking as we did something similar and we hated it, we finally went back and made the driveway straight from the width of our garage to the street. Just something for you to think about.
80°/96° Isolated thunderstorms this morning, then partly cloudy during the afternoon hours. Hot and humid. Heat index near 110F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Jan, money is the big factor. It's 94' of concrete. We will have room for double parking for the first 20' or so, then back to a single lane. The improvement on that is, it will finally be a straight shot into the garage. We are also going to wing out at the end off the driveway and we need to add a drainage tube. Then it's more for moving all the rock out. Luckily, my Dad is going to take it and he's only 4 blocks from me, so we save transport costs there. The other angle is so the Walnut tree doesn't push the concrete and break it up.
I can see how annoying it was, LOL! We just never had the means to straighten it up years ago.
Pepper, you survived the Wedding! It was hot here, but I sat outside, found a few more things to water, and took more pictures :o)
How delicately beautiful!
Rusty, the worst thing about the heat wave is that tempers rise too. I am soooo glad I don't live in the bigger cities with no grass or trees to cool it down a little.
I believe in Global Warming. It doesn't take but a fraction of a rise to really set off the heat. I know this heat isn't the result of it, but I can see where we are headed if we don't stop putting pollution in the air. Too hot is too hot.
Off the soapbox. Not trying to start a debate.
Pepper, I'll see your Daylily and raise you two :o)
I know this is Mauna Loa for sure, since I ordered it. Ric identified another no name plant as Mauna Loa too. This one has just bloomed for two years now and I had it a lot longer than the no name. So, now I have two. Pictures don't do it justice. I called the other one Sunset.
The weather forecast is awful. We are moving up on the record. Already in the top ten. Thing is there has been no rain since February. A scorcher when we are already in a drought. Time to get down on our knees.
Very hot here too, 98F. Lucky it's chilly during the night or we wouldn't be able to sleep too well.
Great flowers BP and Pepper!
Sally, hooray for the driveway!!!Can't wait top see it!
Sunflowers are starting to bloom.
Hottest day yet!! At 5pm the temp was still 100 degrees. But the humidity is low, around 30% so that helps a teeny tiny bit. LOL
My coneflower and wild phlox bed. This was taken last month so it's not in it's full glory yet. I need to get new pics of garden but it's too hot!! I might try tomorrow morning before I go to work. My Casa Blanca lily is blooming.
Rusty, how is the cleanup from the tornado progressing? I think about those poor people everyday. No home and still having to deal with this weather. I am very thankful for my home and the air conditioner that never cycles off.
They doing clean up pretty fast and still about half of the city and gonna to rebuild too! Still one place to another cleaning up...
FEMA gonna help the peoples who lost homes so they put temp. trailers at Airport City (airport area) 3 or 4 spot on North, South, East and West area and they going to put sewer in ground first then put the temp. trailers... There is about 469 peoples need homes...
Every Sunday, I go for drive around the city and I have to take some pictures (I don't want see first day tornado hit!)...
They going to rebuild Joplin High School (name for Hope High School)...
Still hot but today it felt a bit more bearable. Funny thing is it was just as hot today as it was yesterday. lol
I went out and trimmed the tops off my tomato plants. They were all falling over because they were so heavy. So I just cut them back down to the top of the cages. About a foot or so. My peppers should take off now that they have light. lol. Hopefully this helps the tomatoes turn too. I really want some fresh tomatoes!! lol
My house got so cold and I left on A/C all night to keep cool and it been almost 2 wks from tomorrow... Then there hopeful will be raining Sunday night or Monday with thunder!
Yesterday, I water on my house the reason why I do it that all the stuff and dust from tornado also I heard that I has to be very careful on ground which is fungus so it got on my dog's feet... So I can't wait for rain again... Ground getting bad now and it pretty dry and crack...
Got Electric district ordeal to trimming the tree away from the wire on tree's branches...Also it so hotter and sweat that I has to clean up the mess from the tree in my backyard... It's was 101 heat index 105...
Rain, rain, glorious rain! This is the first rain in a month for our town. I feel revived, and so does my lawn! Our area farmers are surely out dancing in the rain right now. We may only get 3/4 inch or so, but I know we are all thankful for any rain.
Our temp has also dropped to 80 this morning, oh blessed relief...
It hit after the tornado and got raining for while then get hot and all the stuff like drywalls, lumbers and some furnitures left on the curb then windy blewing pretty hard for 2 days that air blew into some other place which it got fungus infection on ground so I have to spray some soaps will kill some fungus and bugs on ground...
Clean up deadline on August 7 (I am not sure what date it will be on 2nd or 7th)...
They did remove all the stuff on the curb over a month and half... Never stop just keep going, going and again...
74°/95° Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms possible. Hot and humid. Heat index near 105F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
We got one heck of a storm in last night. Constant lightning and another inch of rain. All the cracks in the ground have filled in. Over two days we got 2 and 2/10'' It rained because the little Fair is going on. It always does.
Rusty, keep cool! It must be hard to see things still torn up. I really feel for those that need a house. How awful!
Ladypearl, I think we'll all be glad to see July go now. Boy, this year is batting a zero for weather.
Celia, awesome!! I haven't had one do that yet!
I have had two different colors come up beside the original deep purple and Marshall's Delight Beebalms. I'm going to dig and isolate them to see if they remain a different color next year.
Early, ROTFL over the popcorn! That's a good one!
Pepper, the tomato hornworms took some of my tops for me, LOL! I haven't had a ripe one yet either. Now I think it's too hot for them. They all look great tho! I have picked two peppers.
Rusty, I sure hope you got the rain, with thunder. We sure got it last night. It was most wonderful!
I hear you on the fungus. I've had a stuffy nose. I think it's from the green mold growing on the dirt we removed the sidewalk blocks from. We need the new driveway and patio to cover it all up. I hope your dogs aren't affected with the fungus.
Sasha, doing the happy dance with you. We are lucky.
Prissy, you're getting there, LOL!
Rusty, I can't imagine the piles of stuff they had to remove. I agree with Lou, it just never ends.
Lou, hugs and prayers. No rain is very depressing. It's not good for tempers either.
Stay cool everyone! The humidity is going to be a killer here.
Went to River Market in Kansas City today. I took a big bag with me and filled it up with some really nice produce!! Carrots, huge bell peppers, some tomatoes, donut peaches, yellow squash, Black Diamond watermelon, blackberries, blueberries, local honey and a few others I can't think of right now. I wanted some baked goods from the Amish but I ran out of room in my bag. lol
We were right in the center of that storm. My oh my! Weather alarm and raging wind/rain beating against the windows ended my night of sleep about 4:15. Those storms have crossed the Mighty Mississipi by now.
I just checked the rain gauge and we got another inch of rain out of that storm. That's 3.5 inches rain in the past couple days, here. PTL!
Excessive heat warning over for now. Now down to a heat watch til Thursday but after tomorrow we could be back to a heat warning for a day or so.
Temps only reached 92 or so but the humidity shot way up so it felt the same as it has for seveal weeks now. Had a brief downpour this morning so that has helped my plants. More rain and storms expected tonight.
Picked my first tomatoes today. My dad made me pick some of my green ones because they are falling off the plants now. I still have a bunch out there and my dad noticed one that is starting to turn on the bottom. So I'll hold off a bit and see what happens. Some of my maters are bigger than my palm. Never have had them that big before. I'm excited!! lol
Thank you for the pictures Rusty, it helps to see what is going on there. We hope/pray they continue to have all the help and building materials they need.
Those are some yummy looking apricots Adina!
Yep Billy, north Texas will be glad to see this summer fade away. Gov. Perry has called for prayer and fasting on August 6th. Perhaps the fall will bring rain to all the southern states that need it so much.
I love your farmers market set up. We went for the first time to one of our local farmers market,and what a disappointment. Wish you were down here so I could purchase from you. Our vendors didn't have anything marked, they were messy, nothing to draw you in.
Why oh why can't I find a decent tomatoe??????? I started some tomatoes myself only to have them die due to the heat. A local said tomatoes quit producing when the temps get high, but I remember us growing tomatoes in KY with no problem what so ever...
All I can say for those suffering from the heat, head on down to central florida for some relief.
Texas' truck arrives today and donation school supplies for Joplin and also as the news this morning that they help over $41 millions for Joplin! Wow!
Soon all the debris gone and they put some temp. trailers about 4 so far...
T-storm coming in sooner! It now 88 real feel @90... Last night I has T-storm and rain not much also dogs goes crazy!
My tomatoes just started. Picked about a dozen Friday & around 40 lbs today. Eating one as I type. Also have creamed veggies, all from the garden. Beans, carrots, snow peas, potatoes. & onions. Then a grilled fresh brat for meat. Wow!
73°/91° Sun and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 91F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Lou, I hope and pray I never see anything like it. To see the piles of wood and the outline of where the houses were, is heartbreaking. If it can tear Walmart apart, how do people survive in their houses?
Ladypearl, I've sent prayers for Texas and anyone else who needs rain. If this continues year after year, it may be the way it will be. Nothing in nature is constant. We have had more rain than usual over the last few years. There is only so much water on the whole earth. What we have, is it.
Jan, that is a huge disapointment with your Market. To not have things priced is very sloppy. I woud have left and gone to another town.
I don't think decent tomato seed isn't even sold to us unlesss you go to Seed Savers. The skin on my ''Sun Cherry'' cherry tomato is really tough. Who wants that in a salad?
Lou, I remember very few days over 100 here, but I do remember how stifling they were.
Rusty, they start building things and Joplin will be on its way! The sooner the better!
Celia, LOL! I thought Mother and Child!!
Bernie, food, drool!
The tomatoes are what we are all waiting for! Those are beauties!
I'm picking a few cherry tomatoes and we've had fried eggplant so far.
I sat in my lawn chair and zoomed. It turned out better than I could have hoped for.
70°F with 60% humidity this evening under clear skies. It was a very pleasant day compared to the high humidity and temps in the 90's we had for the past week or so. We've even had a thunderstorm or two pass through the past few days. Enough rain to refill my empty rain barrels. :-)
Sounds like a good lunch Bernie. I just finished grilling a big basket of fresh garden veggies.
I'm waiting for tomatoes too. I have 40 plants--5 of each heirloom I started from seeds. I'm making do with the little cherry and pear tomatoes for the time being too. I have an apple tree that ripens early so I picked a half-bushel of apples tonight. They snuck up on me and a lot of them are already on the ground.
Stay cool and don't blow away guys...
Photo: My grandson turned 3 yesterday. I suspect he's been slipping out late at night and prowling the back roads in his truck.
Pressure: 29.81 in
Visibility: 10.0 mi
UV Index: 0 - Low - 9 - Very High
Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Hot and humid. Winds S at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Ouch Rusty! I hope you have something for it.
Early, those nice days are sure nice to see!
The grilled veggie sound good!
Awesome picture, and it sure makes me smile!
Heat warnings for us too. I'm going to get out and walk while I can.
Pepper, I have volunteer Phlox everywhere. Good thing I love it :o)
UV Index: 7 High
Record High: 104°F (1983)
Scattered showers and thunderstorms. A few storms may be severe. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
It's going to be a bit cooler today, but I think I'll start watering while the plants are still a little wet. We have a chance of rain, but we'll see if it enters the State or if it dries up before it gets here.
71°/92° Sunny. Hot and humid. Winds light and variable.
Rusty, I hope they can get the debris cleared. It must be so depressing to see the messes.
I fear August is going to be hot too :o(
I need to mow. I wonder if yesterday would have been better for that.
We took the boys for a long jeep ride and ended up at Gedney Lake. There were a lot of fish jumping, but none in my pictures. The bridge we're on is closed and it's high, fenced in sides are safe for two rambunctious boys.
Still hot. Excessive heat warnings back on in full force. Bleh. Weather wasn't too bad down on the river. Got some rain showers a few times but nothing much. The sun was really hot on the river though. My friends all got burnt but I didn't. lol. We were pretty tired after canoeing for almost 5 hours and 4 miles. I've got some pics and hopefully I can get them on here tomorrow.
We also stopped in Joplin and saw some of the damage along Range Line Rd which is where Home Depot is. Got a few quick driving by pics of those.