It's time for a new weather forum. April's here and things are at least two weeks early (maybe three!) in my garden. Yesterday it was 88 and sunny - today it's supposed to hit 79 with a chance of rain... I hope so, because it's getting dry in my garden.
Pic 1 is a group of "Sum and Substance" hostas as they look today. Pic 2 is how they looked on April 26, 2011 - three full weeks later! This warm weather has certainly affected the growth in my garden!
Yikes! That's what I have to look forward to?! I think the clay is keeping my 'Sum And Substance' from getting big too fast here. I expected big though, hope they get as big as yours.
Mine were small when I bought my 3 'Sum And Substance's 2 years ago, they were only $5.99 ea. at Kmart, maybe they won't be huge for a couple years.
If your soil is heavy, the "Sum and Substance" (or any other hosta, for that matter) definitely won't reach their full potential. They really need to have very loose, well-drained soil to thrive.
If I were you, I'd dig them up (now, while the full growing season is still before you), pull most of the dirt off the roots and re-plant them. While you have them out of the ground, dig a much bigger hole and fill it with compost (I use a horse manure/straw mix that I pick up at a local stable - they pile it up and after a few months, it has formed a nice, loose compost). Plant your "S&S" in the compost and add more to fill the hole. Water them and stand back!
Thanks, I have a couple that are planted in clayey soil, the rest are still in pots, I'll do that when I plant them. It'll be kinda difficult to dig the other 2 and repot, I have weedfabric in there and it's not really the ground, it's a rectangular patch that I filled in with soil that was dug up when we had the deck built. I think at the most it might be 8 inches deep of that soil, but I want them to thrive so I may be digging them up and repotting. Right now, it's a Francee and a Blue Angel in there. There is 2 Heucheras, 2 Ligularias and a Ghost Fern also in there. -
It is hot this afternoon but must not complain, beautiful Hawaiian weather. We have been praying for it and now we have it.
Billyporter - Been in Hawaii 36 years. Raised in England before that. The soil arrived yesterday evening. Its almost black. Looks good. Turns out the guy thats selling it gets large loads of free green waste mulch from the County. The County has mountains of green waste that they grind up into mulch and then give it away free. Trouble is you need space to let it sit for 6 months to a year to rot down. This guy does just that. He adds fish water from his ponds, manure from his animals and then heats it up, turns it and breaks it down into what we had delivered. He does all the work and us gardeners get the benefits for a price. He is stretching things to describe it as organic. I had 10 ton of County mulch delivered some years ago and found plastic bottle tops, golf balls, nails and all sorts of junk in it. It is also known that they add broken pallets to the heap and who know if they are termited treated. I'm happy. I now have a 2 cubic yard pile of potting soil just waiting to be used.
Partly cloudy. Winds ENE at 15 to 25 mph.
I think we're about that far ahead here in Iowa. A month for some things and then we're to be down to 31° Thursday night. I hope nothing is damaged as so much is starting to bloom. Especially the lilliput iris.
Wow! Isn't that some difference in the hostas!
Your weather has the same daytime temps as mine, but my nights are much cooler.
Chickweed and dandelions are what I've been concentrating on. We aren't getting much rain so I've been out every day, all day...
Wow, 36 years in Hawaii and England first. You've seen a bit of the world :o)
Awesome on the compost!
I peeked at my seeds and was suprised to see them sprouting already! I took them outside yesterday for some fresh air, LOL! They'll have to stay in now since we won't be in the 70's this week.
Low 60s for a high, cloudy and sprinkles a couple of times.
I didn't get anything done outside today. Grrr... I have decided that I will still pull the chickweed out of the garden but cardboard is going down after that to really kill it. I'm putting tomatoes in buckets this year so that will go on top of the cardboard. Everything else I will cut holes out for them. Except potatoes and onions and they will have a bare patch open. It's the only way I can control weeds this year in the veggie bed. Everywhere else it's handweeding when I get a chance. Well, one other bed will have cardboard on it but it's bare so the cardboard will help me create a new and better bed.
I have a few garden pics but none on the computer yet. Busy working this week. A couple hours today to help unload plants for the greenhouse and about 6 hours on Sunday for our BBQ cookout we do to bring in customers.
Mostly cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph.
We love pictures!
The seedlings look great! Mine shot up before I knew it and I didn't have the lights on. They got leggy fast. Luckily, when I transplant the tomatoes and peppers, I can sink them.
The cardboard with tomatoes on top to hold it down is a great idea! I never have any luck planting veggies in pots. I think I overwater. Any way... if you are lucky you'll kill any seeds too. Maybe preen and water in first.
YUM! I'd come for the BBQ!
We had a full moon with a fog of clouds around it . Two long jet trails ran paralell right beside it and I could see other clouds. Neat sky for being five in the morning
The warm temps have brought spring to my yard. I just hope Mother Nature takes pity on me.
Today is 58 tonight31 or so, same tomorrow approx.Two freezes in that forecast for two days later this week.
The lettuce and spinach are in SWC's so I don't have to bother much about watering.And I'm not all that worried about the cold with them as i've seen them easily survive 28 degree freeze or frost.
Nice pic's also to you billyporter,and does Mothernature ever take pity on anyone?
She reminds me that she's predator number #1!!
Cool (59 degrees at 1:45 pm) and partly cloudy. Overnight low in the low 40's - perfect growing weather for the hostas. We've had (very) light rain for the last 24 hours. Not enough to do any good, but it made spots in the oak pollen dust on my car (LOL).
Why can't we have had this weather last week, instead of the heat that fried my tulips?
Plentiful sunshine. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
No she doesn't!!! LOL! Father Time isn't very kind either :o)
Awwww, your tulips!
Roots are bad. I think the cardboard will at least kill thise under. If they sneak up around it they can be sprayed or mown off.
Of all the wide open scenery, I notice your wonderful highway first!
Oh, now that is picture perfect. How could you not touch the water everytime you saw it?
Neat volcano picture too! It covers a very large area!
LOVE the statue!!
You and me both!! It's beautiful there!
My neighbor called me last night. She had been talking to the nursery that comes out to planrt trees for her. They told her our 30° temps shouldn't hurt anything. I'm waiting for the sun to come up, but I don't think anything here will be hurt.
Cold this morning. Actually was chilly if you weren't out there for long but I was out in the greenhouse picking off dead blooms and my fingers got numb after a few minutes. lol. Much warmer this afternoon with temps in the low 60s and sunny. Gonna be this way for the foreseeable future. Highs in 60s, lows in 40s or 30s.
Still plan of posting pics soon but am swamped so haven't had time to download them. I will get there soon!!! I hope.
Man, was it cold here last night 30degrees at midnght and was still getting colder,Well, two more frosts to go.60's and sunny today that's what it's suppose to be all week. I'll be glad when the cold moves on.
Frequent moderate rain showers, occassional blustery winds, just a little sun this afternoon, temp never went over 70f.
Supposed to dry out over night and tomorrow am, then another period of showery rain Sunday pm and Monday.
I guess our perfect Hawaiian weather took a break again.
Waterlilies will never get going without more sun.
Was able to get Gloxinia seeds in a tray. Not sure if I will succeed with them.
Fuchsias going crazy with buds and blooms
Same here as Pepper, overcast most of the day and kinda gloomy. I have noticed the big stores have already put annuals and stuff out and have had out for a few days, I hope they don't get a suprise! Hi billyp, your temps seem like they'd be a little more iffy on bringing stuff out early, I'd be pulling my hair out there! I'm not bringing anything out early here except a Wandering Jew plant, for a houseplant they can go down to 15 or 20 degrees.
The nites get cool! The ac was on then I turned the heat back on.
The cool weather here today (hovering around 60) was perfect for a day of work in the garden. Low in the 40's tonight, which is seasonally correct. I saw this bleeding heart blooming today and could not resist a photo.
Plenty of sunshine. Winds W at 15 to 25 mph.
The only frost damage I had was to the butterfly bush. The leaves on top had blackened patches, but I don't think it will affect any blooms. Naturally it's out way too early. Everything else looked great and the bleeding hearts are blooming away!
The little lilliput iris are also all coming into bloom and are a nice show of color. Add that to green green grass and it's looking good here!
I had hung clothes out yesterday morning and was going to mow after dinner. We had a piddling rain move in and ruin that. So, I'll be working out today. I really need the exercise. I haven't done much since we had the boys. We walked, but they don't power walk, LOL!
Is she the same girl you had last year? Wow! Very nice work!
I hear ya! I just unload the camera and then go take more pictures, LOL!
Cracking UP! We could very well have a May Blizzard!
I hope you have more gourd seed :o(
Beautiful Forsythia! We have yards full of the most beautiful flowering trees, shrubs and lilacs around town. Just gorgeous! I hope the sun comes out and it warms up because we can't smell them on the air yet.
You have to have bad weather days to fully appreciate the good days :o)
I saw Walmart bringing things out too, but I know better than to be tempted by anything yet. Not even pansies.
No, this is a different girl. Fresh out of collage & happy to be working in the dirt. Said she was stuck behind a computer in all her jobs through school.
Faint rain yesterday, totaled .01", wow!
Cloudy & windy today.
Boy did I have a lot to catch up on. Love all the garden photos. Billy love the old house, so cool to have the foundation where you grew up making a garden plot for you. I wish I had that much land for gardens. Sorry so many got a dip again in temps, that always seems to happen around the first of April, even way down here...I guess that is Mother Nature's April Fools.
We had three days get up to 90 last week, a taste of summer, but then a front cooled us back down, not near enough rain that we so desperately need. But this weekend and today are lovely. Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.
Some photos of my little backyard garden end of March.
Grey skies, light to moderate rain showers, no sun, temp never went above 65f today. Its pounding down again right now.
Enjoyed the garden pics Sunkissed.
I remembered a garden we drove past in Kaneohe on Oahu. It was a small lot and the only open space was just enough room for the owner to park their car just inside the gate. The rest of the yard was totally imersed in plants, either in the ground, in pots on in hanging baskets. You could not see the house. Plants were hanging over the sidewalk. Narrow allyways between the plants indicated how to get to the house. All the plants were healthy with many varieties..
That was my dream garden when I lived on Oahu. Now I still want to have my yard planted to that intensity but with a couple of acres it means thousands more plants. I did nail up a 20 foot metal rail between two trees last week for hanging baskets. The lawn is slowly shrinking. so I'm moving in the right direction..
Grey, rainy and cool again. Today temp has not gone over 62f. Is this really Hawaii? Where did we put the sweaters? Last year we got depressed with three months of grey wet weather Jan - Mar. This year is a repeat. Need an umbrella to get to and from the greenhouses.
Local newspaper had article about concerns regarding mainland weather. They say temp overall has been 6 degrees above average this winter and there is concern about what is in store for the summer. I keep reading it in all your weather entries.
Maybe the earths axis is not going to shift all at once in December but is on a very slow shift. I wonder if anyone has measured the location of the equator recently.
Just finished covering all our strawberries. Every blanket we had plus some rolls of insulation. Going down to 22º tonight. Apple & grape people are really worried. Apple shouldn't be blooming for another month, but they are very close. Goofy weather!
The forecast said low 50's it never got past 50 where I am. and it's cold 25mph winds gusts 10 or 15 beyond that, it's in the 30's now dropping like a rock. My fruit trees have been done bloomjng a while except for one apple tree.
Hey kwanjin, well, when it snows you can look forward to having more to do(lol
microb Not a big believer in disaster scenario ,only thing is if mother earth does that, after a long swim we all mostly are'nt going to have worry about it anymore,(lo).
Partly sunny this morning, cloud came in during the late morning and by early afternoon it was continuous rain again. At least temp crept up to 69f.
Someone said the earth was supposed to tilt on its axis making the poles on the equator and the equator at the poles. Maybe that would not be bad. We would be in the same place but in the southern hemisphere. I think its all a bunch of hogwash but makes a change from global warming. :)
About 50 degrees currently maybe around 40 tonight don't know if that will be. no wind and calm.
planted grandma's lilac, mowed the lawn, mulched tomato, added earth to the garden, raked the grass.Plucked out winter sown tomatoes that dwarfed and burned.started tomato seeds for later summer harvest. took some pics.
Through 9am: Light rain developing by mid-morning. Becoming mostly cloudy with temperatures falling to near 46F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Rain showers early then thundershowers for the afternoon. High 57F. Winds SSE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Have you found any more gourd seeds?
I could use a lot bigger garden, but sort of ''painted myself into a corner'' with the one I do have. Not much room to expand.
I love your little back yard! The stone walkways are really neat and I love the round central planting in the first picture! It seems very private, but I imagine you have neighbors very close.
Tthose 70° days are perfection!
I too would love a whole yard of nothing but flowers and paths, but when I look at my sea of grass, I realize I need that balance.
I hate any feel of cold weather right now and it was not cold enough last winter to kill any bugs. Yesterday I had gnats bugging me. I thought they needed water to hatch and we've had no rain at all.
Your days do not sound very Hawaiian :o(
I think the world is going to change this year. Natural or man-made is the question. I think both.
We lost baby grapes. I can't tell about the apples, but north of here they aren't very hopeful :o(
No, we won't notice a pole shift, but I do think the weather is going to change. What's funny is, when they revised the zone map a few years ago I was zone 5a. I am now, after a newer revising, zone 5b.
What is real tho, is the moon moving away from the earth. That will be our changes.
Do you have any suckering with the sambucus?
We stayed warmer last night and I'm hoping that the below 30 temps are over!!
I weeded in the garden yesterday but the chilly wind just gave me a headache. I can't decide if the coughing the boys did here, morphed into a cold or sinus.
Waiting for storms to hit again. Got hit with a boomer last night and already tonight have storms in Olk that have spawned tornadoes. Those storms will reach us later tonight. Tomorrow under a risk for tornadoes. High risk is in Kansas but that's not very far!! Just gotta keep eyes on sky.
Temps were in 40s this morning and got up to low 70s.
Clematis blooming. That's my iris bed then lilies right behind those against the deck. I have catmint, tree peony, tall phlox, butterfly plant, geranium, snapdragon, columbine and turtle plant around the clematis. Had Don Juan climbing rose there but he bit the dust over the winter. So now either Penny Lane or Westermoreland climbing roses will go there. And will go on the other side of the trellis to get the southern exposure. Maybe that will help.
Thunderstorms and 70 degrees, How's with the tornado's central south,heraring there's been a few. Saturday and everyone's into something,me ,I'm sitting, watching it rain.
No gardening this weekend while it rains, that happens a lot here.
Weather is nice and calm and quite dry now for a few days. A few light showers at night but things are drying out.
How do you folks survive in the tornado areas. They seem so unpredictable I think I would live in fear all the time.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to have someone give me a Buddha's Hand citrus tree. It is a rooted branch cutting so will probably not fruit until next year but the parent tree had fruit and it is weird. Like an orange with an squid attached. Can't wait to get mine to fruit.
Spent $16 of great local fruit and veggies at the local farmers market this morning. Change out of $20 was just enough to buy a nice dark blue miniature Iris that I don't have. Similar bloom size to the light blue and yellow walking Iris.
Olkahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa all have had reports of tornadoes. Nothing here in KC area so far. Highs in the mid to high 70s, humid and the sun came out this afternoon which didn't help the atmosphere here.
Queen Elizabeth climbing rose. I only have one cane since I almost killed it a couple years ago by over pruning. Never has bloomed either. Gotta find a way to get it back on the trellis so it doesn't flop so much.
I haven't seen the results yet, but congrats Celia! Going to check !
I hope the tornadoes didn't do too much damage...so scary!
It rained buckets on Saturday, and last night too, but the temps are up, over 50F during the night and 68F during the day. High humidity though...made us sweat a lot!LOL
The spring cleaning is done and we had a happy Easter...ours was yesterday..., but I miss so much being on DG...I mostly read and had to run back to cleaning!LOL My DD was of great help too, so I wasn't that worn out as I used to be in other years.
Saturday I cooked all day lamb goodies and a cheesecake. The colored eggs were bought already colored so I didn't have to do that also.
We have lots of flowers blooming and the trees are blooming too.
Sending you some pictures with the goodies on the table, the family, Nicholas cleaning an egg, and the hopping bunny toy which we gave Nicholas for Easter.
Hawaiian weather has returned. Rained all day yesterday but today is BEAUTIFUL. Forecast is to stay nice for a couple of weeks.
Oh Adina, - I come from a family of bakers and that bread looks soooo good. Difficult to get a decent loaf of bread today. We bake our own in a bread maker and its much better than store bought bread.
And those flowers - too many memories of living in England with flowers we don't see in Hawaii.
Kwanjin - How do I find your photos on DG. I was going to enter the competition by sending a photo of a crowd at a ball game - after all we are the biggest invasive species.
A bit cold this morning, espcially in the shade. But it warmed up to mid 60s with plenty of sunshine and very little wind. A perfect day almost. I even took advantage of it to pull some weeds from a small area of my garden. Got several more areas to go but 1 down is 1 down. lol
Future home of 1 or 2 rose bushes. They will go where you see the hollyhock and burned out area. The other side there is my neighbors. Want to hide them. lol
Great photos - Glad to see that someone added the human element being invasive. We don't mind the tourist over here for our economy but they certainly are invasive. When you think of all the forest that is getting bulldozed for new residents I think we do more harm than the animals and plants. Axis Deer is the latest problem. Over 12,000 on Maui and just 50-100 here on the Big Island. Hunters are out to keep the numbers down.
Hi! We had LOTS of RAIN, severe thunderstorms, but no tornados came near us, Praise the Lord! We are OK!!!!!!!!!
We took a break from working at Mom's old house over the weekend. Still a bit more cleaning needed, and packing some things. The donations were picked up on Friday, so the garage is looking much better. I think we will list it with the Realtor. Please pray it sells quickly!!!!! It's "AS IS" because it needs so much work, but a great fixer upper for the right person.
It was a beautiful day here, still a little muggy, but great to see the sun!
Plants in the garden look so much greener and happier with the rain! My Amaryllis both red and orange are in bloom, and one red daylily. Several others have scaped.
I wish it woulda came down here heavier than it did, but some rain is better than no rain. Leawood is only about 40 miles from here, if it came down harder there than here, shame on Leawood!
Heck, it has came down harder across the street..lol Nice Hostas Leawood.
Yep! it's a clematis, still have two of the 'oldham strain' I believe they are that . I seem to have forgotten the name of that one at the moment, I do know it though, I'm pretty sure the other red one is ernest markham. they have both bloomed a bunch since the pic the other day, but it 's way too cold do much outdoors and stay comfortable.
The seedlings are orangeglo, watermelons.Early for those yet,even still , what the heck?
Always giving it a try.
Breezy, 70f. Lots of rain over night and early this morning but now just passing showers. Ground is very wet. Wind should get stronger tomorrow with more frequent showers through Monday and then return to typical Hawaiian Trade wind weather.
Those Hostas are great Leawood. I have four in pots that a friend brought back from the Seattle area but they are really not supposed to grow over here. Leaves just died off so I'm backing off on the water for a couple of weeks and will then try and get them to wake up again. They seem to have a good bulb base.
Thanks everyone for those great mainland garden pics.
This is one of my latest garden paths. Have to cut my way through the forest. Lay a gravel path. Then I clean about 4 feet on either side to plant various tropicals.
Another lovely low pressure day. Started raining Thursday, some rain everyday. Still raining this morning. We have thousands of onion plants to get in the ground. To wet to figure on planting tomorrow.
They were worried about drought here because of no snow over the winter, HA!
SOME CRAZY WEATHER AIN'T IT!! More frosts, with freeze where I am for tonight ,been in the fifties today supposedly up to 60 according to you know who ,Only It was never anything near that here,only a little sunshine that made it feel comfortable for an hour or two.
Covered the tender plants,listened to every mower for two blocks,while I hoped for tomorrow.
The winds picked up as forecast. Nice to hear the wind whistle through the Ironwood trees along the driveway. Great thing is that the showers never showed up, at least not today. May get some overnight. Its been a beautiful sunny day, about 75f but the wind is breezy.
Are there any DG members out there from England that could give us weather reports - East Anglia maybe.
Mostly sunny. High 62F. Winds NNW at 15 to 25 mph.
Hi, sorry to be gone so long :o)
I have been outside every day doing things. I have some garden in and need to reseed inside what didn't grow. Today I will be at DD's all day babysitting. It's a chilly day so it's a good day to do that.
Hope all goes well for you as I'll be missing off and on now that spring is here.
Have a warm day! Mine will be chilly and windy :o(
Been pretty busy with the garden among other things. Saw some of that nasty weather everyone was getting thought of you all, glad to hear everyone is okay. We got some very much needed rain over the weekend, my garden looks happy and green today. Next couple days nice and cool and sunny.
Will be a pleasant week here. Taking my mother to Bok Towers Gardens this week, it is my mother's day gift to her, but we are going this week since she can't take the heat and by mid May will be hot again. I haven't been there in over ten years, can't wait. I'll take pictures. Really beautiful gardens.
Made a succulent garden out of the old fire pit we used before we built the new one. My wonderful husband been busy too, the trellis he made and new log holder...might be able to have a fire in the pit again tonight. Down to 57.
Have a great week my garden weather friends. Hopefully no more tornadoes.
Early Bloomer - what a great photo - please post some more like that.
Beautiful starry evening yesterday. No neighbors or street lights so stars were shining down to the horizon through the trees.
Different story this morning. Moderate rain and cloudy skies that lasted all day and is still continuing this evening. There is some level of mystical pleasure driving to work this morning with clouds so low you need headlights. As you get to a lower elevation its the tops of the trees that are in the clouds and then as you lose the trees you can see the ocean in the distance under the cloud layer. Must remember to put the camera in the van.
I hears thunder when my alarm went off at 4:30 am (I go to they gym first thing each morning, to get my day 'started' with all the other senior citizens). My first thought was, "Great! Rain to give my garden a drink!" - I've been watering all week and it's only April!
No luck, however. It was just thunder and lightning signaling a significant warm up - the predicted high today is 92 - a record for April 25 in Kansas City. I have a feeling this will be a tough summer.
Winds have gone light from the south east bringing up tropical humidity and blue skies, much drier. Just walking in the garden makes you sweat. Going to be like this until Sunday.
Need to make a trip down to the far end of the forest path and bring back some bromeliad and azalea plants that were put in years ago as cutting. Nice mature plants now to add landscape nearer the house. Maybe too hot.
IT is sunny and warm here today. Nice sixty degree weather,frost warnings for tonight . Some of tomato plants have doubled in size during the past 36hrs. Harvesting a few green onions and some lettuce.
Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms this morning. Clouds lingering later. Winds E at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Two weeks ago the boys gave me a cold and it morphed into a touch of sinus. It kind of went away. I've been working in the yard and decided to mow just the back yard. Well, I was kind of tired, but rested and kept going. I got almost done and I was so tired I couldn't move. I didn't realize I was getting the crud. I told DH earlier that the twins wore me out or I'm just really mellow. I'm never mellow! LOL! So down a couple days, still working outside, still babysitting and the crud came back with sinus. :o( It took three hours for my stomach to decide if I was going to throw up or be sitting in the bathroom. Luckily I just threw up the bit of water I had been drinking.
Daughter and SIL were getting goats ready for the sale and I went out yesterday, all day, with two kids who were also a little sick. We all understood each other, LOL!
Today they are to be here pretty soon so they can go over and watch the goat sale. Thankfully the boys stayed with their other Grandma last night and I thanked her for taking them.
I now understand what it is like to be drained of energy even tho I am still on my feet. I have never felt so tired without having the flu.
Today, the headache is going away. I would feel ok if it wasn't for that dang crud headache.
Upper 80's day/upper 60's night, sunny...all week long same thing.
Early_Bloomer, even though the snow picture looks pretty it is hard for me to imagine snow this late after such a warm winter. It would bum me out.
CountryGardens, I always love seeing your fields of plenty, would sure love some of that produce on my table.
Pepper love the tree stump with the climbing peace rose on it. I hope you get your drier season, you can send all the rain down here to Florida, we've been too dry the last few summers.
LeawoodGardener and Pepper love all the bulb flowers popping up, I have one crop of black iris and it needs to get real cool in the winter for them to flower in the spring, they didn't flower this year, so I enjoy seeing your pictures.
juhur7, love the clematis vine, I sure wish I could grow that down here.
Billy hope you shake that crud, I hate when you think you're finally over something and it decides to come back. I love my grandson, but he has given me a few colds.
I never took my mother to Bok gardens, she admitted to me she didn't think she could do all the walking, so I checked on a wheelchair and they wanted $60. for a rental a day...what a bunch of cr@p. So I took her to lunch instead and we had a nice time. It is so hard to see my mother aging and not able to do all the things she loves to do.
My first orchid blooms, and gardenias are blooming, the jasmine and gardenias smell so wonderful this time of year.
Anyone else experience the golf to tennis ball sized hail yesterday? It happened 2 hours after I had just finished transplanting my eggplant, tomato, and pepper plants. Though almost every unprotected vehicle suffered shattered windshields, sun roofs, and rear windows; and many homes lost windows and had severly battered vinyl siding; my plants survived undamaged. It seemed trivial that I was concerned about my plants when so many suffered costly property damage, so I kept it to myself. However, my husband understood my relief. He knew of all my fussing and constant care to raise these plants from my own saved seed. Hopefully, I'll be able to share the fruits of my labor with some of yesterday's victims.
Yesterday was beautiful, sunny with some clouds and light wind.
This morning was cloudy, at about 7am there were indications of rain and by 8am it was coming down steady. Now noon and it hasn't stopped - just a steady moderate rain at about 70f.
Pepper23 - just love those flag irises. The best we can do here are the small tropical regina iris (Giant Apostle or walking iris)
Nice lily LeawoodGardner - We can do water lilies but the crowns are not getting the sun this year so they seem to be behind. We have one peach one blooming right now. Our local zoo/botanical gardens in Hilo has a wonderful waterlily pond which includes the giant Victorian waterlily in bloom (did i get the name right, the one with the large pads with upturned edges)
Greenbrain - that hail sound scary. I'll take our volcano anyday.
Rain off and on all day and temps only in the high 50s. My grandma said she got an inch at her place and she is only 5 miles from me so we probably got around that much here.
Had a small delayed birthday party here today. It was supposed to be bigger but several people had stuff come up at the last minute; health issues or plumbing issues mainly and couldn't make it. Still had fun though!!
Climbing Peace rose and OSO Easy Paprika rose blooms.
I'm fine with the rain too. Please no more large hail! There's hardly a vehicle within a 5 mile radius that doesn't have a window shattered & large hail dents. Strange driving by the car lots & seeing all their damaged vehicles.
Through 10am: Low clouds, fog and poor visibility conditions will improve by 7am.
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
I was looking at a video of the hail in TWC this morning, and how awful!! Not trivial when something we cultivated to grow gets destroyed. Only once has hail shredded my flowers and trees. I felt a deep sadness for the loss. I'd have to wait a year to see them again :o(
How nice to think of sharing the produce. I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated!
It is the perfect excuse to have a day off. I love to listen to the rain!
I adore water lilies! How lucky to have them!
I would love to walk around your botanical gardens! The zoo too!
How beautiful!! I'd love to be able to grow an iris with those colors!
The peach lily is beautiful too!
At least you were at the party and had fun. I know people in my town are all coughing and getting over their illnesses :o(
Prayers going out. I hope you cvan finish soon.
Yesterday, IT RAINED AGAIN!! We got 7/10'' on top of the 8/10'' and I am so happy! The weather is warm all week with no more freezing temps. Flowers are going to pop!
heavy rain all night in the form of passing showers. Today started wet but has slowly dried out and is now a little more sunny with light occassional passing showers. Supposed to keep improving through the week. Problem is there is standing water around the garden. Not fun to work in
Not sure whether I mentioned it but we do have corrugated tin roofs on most homes here. If you pop your head up into our crawl space above the ceiling you see the underside of the metal. The rain really pounds on the metal. Sometimes have to turn up the sound on the telly in the evenings
Orchid Cactus bud and Fuchsia blooms taken today.
Right before the hail storm hit on Sat., I had visited my mom & dug up some lady fern or athyrium filix-femina that she wanted removed because it had spread into the lawn. I had planned to set it out that afternoon, but the storm hit 1st. I forgot all about the 4 potted fern until a while ago. They're sitting off the driveway in a SE corner near the house. The hail storm came out of the NW, so the fern survived unscathed. I just watered the fern & will plant it tomorrow evening rain or shine.
Through 10am: Light rain developing around mid-morning. Mostly cloudy with temperatures warming rapidly into the low to middle 60s. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
This Afternoon: Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
I'll bet you're as glad to get the rain as I am.
I hope I don't have allergies hiding in this crud.
That is beautiful! I love all the room to file things!
We just put steel roofs on a few years ago. First 1'' x 2'' slats were put down and the roof was screwed to them. It's pretty quiet.
Both blooms are beautiful! I love fuschia, but can't get them to grow. I even bought a self waterer just for them and then don't find them for sale much.
That is soooo pretty!
I only have one myself :o) My other trellis are for annual sweet peas.
Laughing, a memory fern. My memory plant is perennial geraniun my friend gave me. I threw 15 tiny starts in the garden as it lightninged and just made it into the house before getting drenched. They got moved later and I still have them :o)
It's awesome that they came thru being unscathed tho. Especially being a fern!