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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 1, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9189080

New thread for July!!!

We come from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1262596/

It is way too hot and way to dry here!! I wish it would rain. I'm even leaving my windows open in my truck hoping that will encourage it to rain. lol

Daylily and allium seedhead

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 1, 2012
5:31 PM

Post #9189125

Grandma did that two days ago about leaving the car windows down and it has rained five times in those two days.That might work!

shortleaf; I am still using that key chain camera,I wish I had better only you know how that goes.Here is one I took with the web cam a few weeks ago.
How do ya like that big woolly burdock in the second pic,I can still grow weeds!!! cool huh? (lol)

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2012
12:05 PM

Post #9190108

Catching up.

Will, I think your sunflowers will be nice and big!

Happ,
Daylilies like water and their roots have little tubers that hold water. Yours are needing watered.

Ju,
Very nice burdock, LOL!!

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2012
1:06 PM

Post #9190187

Thanks billyp, I hope they get big.

I never thought about that, I'm going to leave my car windows down too! I have a key chain camera too, they are indeed small and the photos come out small! My camera is 8 years old, about the time that way upping the megapixels became useless, so it is okay. It even has a fairly decent optical zoom for a point & shoot camera that old - ten times.

My Liatris is finally starting to show some purple color. It's funny how eager they are to droop, I even water them every day.

Here is my DitchLily in a pot, it has gotten quite a bit brown, when I water some other plants by it I usually give it some water too. I'm not really expecting bad things for the DitchLily after all that's what it is!
I think DitchLily means immortal!

How about the "No Soliciting" sign on my trailer?! I couldn't find a "beware of dog" sign! lol
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2012
5:16 PM

Post #9190502

Almost all of my daylilies look almost dead. lol. I'm not watering them. If they live, great, if not I will plant something else. They are down between the woods and road and there are too many to hand water.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9190615

This heat I think is just burning up some of my plants. Some Hostas seem to be drying and shrivelling up too. Pouring water on them every day doesn't seem to help. Like some nice big Elephant Ears of mine also, about the outer 2 inches of their big leaves just dries up and turns crunchy.

My concrete succulent dish, (and one former lizard terrarium cactus) seem to be doing just fine, but I think those plants like the heat!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 2, 2012
7:54 PM

Post #9190698

All my hostas are barely hanging on but that's due to the tree being cut down and them getting more sun now.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
8:46 AM

Post #9191211

Oh, I like the woolly Burdock, juhur! It is STILL hot.

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9191253

I can send ya all ya want!!! From this morning if you look closely there is liatris blooming in the Coneflowers

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9191269

I don't know what Burdock is, thanks for the offer. I see the Liatris down low, that's a neat combination. Is that your web camera unplugged or something? I see the photos are bigger than before.
I have a web camera but it doesn't unplug that I know of, it's a Microsoft Lifecam VX-6000.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9191390

Right Now: 89/95/75
Sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Hot. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.

Will,
I was suprised to find the Blazing Stars like water and even grow in boggy ditches. I also have coneflower that wilt in the heat. Both are suposed to be prairie plants...
Aren't they lovely tho? You will have a nice show if you can keep the squirrels out of the beds from now on.
Smiling, any ''no'' sign is good :o)

Pepper,
The lst rain saved mine in the sunny bed, and I am slowly trying to water those that look like your's and Wills. I don't have any I want to love :o)

Will,
Yep, the succulents are looking good!
ROTFL!!! Google it! Burdock is a weed, pretty bloom, but once you let it grow...

Ju,
Nice combination!

We were out early this morning watering. I rode the bike, and right off stopped to talk to a neighbor who is down visiting his parents. Then on to talk to a girl who's gotten plants from my free pile. I went to school with her in her town and she ended up living in my town running the old tavern. She took Master Gardener classes which suprised and delighted me :o) Then my brother hollered out as I went past that Andy Griffith died. I came home and made dinner and coffee and am going out pretty soon to see how hot it is.

Life in a small town :o)

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #9191544

Thanks for the plant combo mention the liatris will get larger.Burdock is a large Herb considered to be an invasive weed

Yes that is my web cam, it will do okay on battery power for a while, only it is not much fun to carry the computer around outside.Does take nicer pics though, only it won't photo red or yellow when you photo tomatoes,settings or something.This is an old dell I got from the trash and took three or four Trojans and a worm virus out of. it crashed three times on me while I was disc repairing, mostly likely that was why it was thrown away to begin with.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
1:41 PM

Post #9191613

Burdock sounds kinda cool, I see it is popular with moths. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burdock Thanks, yeah any "no" sign is good when they work. Solicitors would come to the door anyway. Maybe they'll come to the trailer when it is going down the road at 70 mph!

Blazing Stars like the water eh? I wish more of the plants that came up would actually flower, only 7 of the 20 or so Liatris in there are gonna flower, it looks like right now.

Eek! Going around the yard with a laptop! That hit me after I hit the send button earlier, she is going around the yard with her laptop! Thanks, that shows some dedication right there!

Life in a small town would be good, and not have to worry about crime or anything. Where I live only has 3,500 population but that's probably just because people only live here because they have to.
There is big cities just blocks away. Kansas City is in sight and the 4th most populous city in Missouri, Independence, is only about 4 blocks away. Where I live is like a growth on Independence, MO.
We had our mailbox smashed on June 11th, in March our doorbell rang at 4am. Last nite, the same hooligans that smashed our mailbox were back out there walking up the street at 2am, for some reason they are loud.
This time I was looking out the window for them, I was ready to call the police or something!

I don't know what's going on with some of my Hostas but I am guessing the heat is toasting the leaves. Here is a Sum And Substance that is disagreeing with the weather here. -

I have a pink Hollyhock from the seed packet of 'Royal Carnival' Hollyhock that I planted last year, blooming a nice pink flower, there was other colors in the packet but apparently only pink grew. -

Here is those getting messed up Elephant Ears. -

Even the Swamp White Oak that I grew from an acorn from Powell Gardens (Arboretum) is feeling the heat. Altho, it does that nearly ever year to conserve energy I suppose, it drops it's leaves. -

This 'Blue Angel' is feeling something. My uneducated amateur guess is that the soil is too alkaline. I used to think it was too acidic until I read that Hosta like it a little acidic. But other potted, (not as much alkaline soil perhaps), 'Blue Angel's aren't turning crispy from the heat, so I don't think it's that. They seem to be one of my Hostas that are doing okay with the heat. Sum And Substance Hosta doesn't seem to like it. I bet more northern states is more ideal for some of the Hostas. It's pretty northern here, but my gosh, this heat every day in the Summers is stifling!

Thanks Sally, I really like my concrete planter succulent dish, I put another bucket of rocks around it today.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9191997

WIll, my hostas (the ones still in shade) are doing the same thing. I think it's a heat issue and not a soil issue. We have never had this much heat for so long and so early. And on top of that no rain and the hostas are gonna be affected.

It was so hot today that our air conditioners at work couldn't hardly keep up. We were sweating no matter where we were (except coolers and freezers lol) and a bunch of us actually got a bit sick from this. It was not a fun day to work. This is the first time it's gotten to us though it's not the first time to be that way.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2012
3:56 AM

Post #9192353

77/99/75
Plenty of sunshine. Hot. Heat index near 105F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Ju,
If people would watch what they open and get a good a program like McAfee or some other, they might not get a virus. Oh well, their loss is your gain.

Will,
Some of your bulbs might be small. I'll bet they all bloom next year.
We have a curfew and it's being enforced right now after bb gun vandalism. By all means, call the cops!

It does look like the heat and a bit of filtered dsun is getting your leaves :o( They'll be alright next year.
Your tree migh have it's tap root cramped too. I think it should be put in the ground.

Pepper,
I hope you had reason to go in the freezer occasionally, LOL. Heat sick is no fun tho. Nibble on something and drink plain water. Pop or juice or tea will make you feel nausous.

Hot today! I'm dressed, finishing my cup of coffee and will be out watering many many plants today that can't take another hot dry day :o(
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 4, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #9193186

I only drink water when at work unless I have a bunch of deliveries then I will grab a Fuze drink. It was just something about the store that was getting everyone. I felt fine when I got home and a coworker was fine also when she got home. But being at work was hurting us.

Had some friends over today. Had a water gun fight going on with the kids for awhile then they shot off fireworks. I will be headed over to one of the friend's house to watch fireworks in their town. Bad thing was some friends couldn't make it because their dog escaped yesterday when fireworks started going off. They found her beside the highway today and she had been hit. She wasn't in good shape last I heard so I don't know if she made it or not. I'm hoping they managed to save her. I just texted a friend who knows what is going on to find out.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 5, 2012
8:05 PM

Post #9194775

I hope it's the heat all the time but some were looking bad before too. I think it might be half and half or so because, for example, some Hostas in pots weren't affected this Spring when it was much cooler, (maybe a soil issue then on those). But now, even some Hostas in pots are getting crispy leaves I think because of the terrible heat. It's kinda like there is two things happening to their leaves, 1 is they turn yellow and eventually fall off and the other is they turn crispy and fall off.

I'd sure like to plant that Swamp White Oak but I don't have anywhere to plant it yet. I should probably try to find a larger pot for it in the meantime.

Thanks, I hope they all bloom next year too. They are pretty, I moved some clutter that was by them and swept over there so passerbys can see them all in purple. I might get some white Blazing Stars to mix in there. I have a photo of them 2 days ago. -

Today, I focused on painting the shed that old deck red. I fiddled with the paint sprayer for hours before it sprayed out some paint. Man, those sprayers are fickle or something! The settings have to be just right or nothing comes out! And then, the viscosity of the paint and water has to be in a certain range or it sprays out in globs. But, at least the shed isn't pink anymore! The photo was when I was about half done today, it's 95% painted now, there isn't any pink. But, after I thought I was all done, (and all the paint was gone), I forgot to paint half of one side, so now I'm not really all the way done, but it looks okay, it should stave off the city's lawn police. I took a photo of my progress. -

Yeah, you can't get enuff water in this heat. I've had a V8 V-Fusion, they are good! It's that commercial with Jackie Chan too. I like it where he swipes a redbull or something off the table and says "you coulda had a v8!", and slams down a V8 V-Fusion, something like that anyway! Yes, do be careful in the heat, Pepper. They say 104 tomorrow then 106 Sat., then down considerably after that, that'll be nice. - http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast
Will

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2012
2:51 AM

Post #9194927

75/102/74
Plentiful sunshine. Very hot. Heat index near 110F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Oh Pepper,
I feel for the dog.

Will,
White Liatris would look nice against the fence, and would draw attention to the purple ones. I really like the cut down box, the more I see it.
Yep, the red is better than the pink!

We get the boys for a long weekend and it's going to be too hot to play outside. We worked early yesterday and I spent the day sitting out and reading since the humidity was down. Me feet in a cold tub of water was pretty nice. The birds were at all the birdbaths all day!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9195835

The dog died I guess on impact. My friend thought she explained that but it took awhile for me to get it out of her. lol. But Holly didn't make it and her owners are very upset right now.

I stayed inside as much as possible today. I did have to push several loads of carts at one point but after that I only did a few carts one other time. Just too hot.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2012
6:41 PM

Post #9195892

Yeow Sally, very hot there too!

Sorry to hear about the dog, losing a pet can be a bummer for awhile.

I finally got up the bravado to repot the Prickly-Pear. I remember I made this one in the Hawaiian Punch jug bottom at the same time I did several others for the Fall RU 08'.
It really needed to be repotted a long time ago but I've been putting it off. I finally did it, it's in a metal bucket over by the Liatris planter.

I bought a Carpet Sedum at Home Depot today, I hope it's suitable for a concrete succulent planter because that's where it's at! -

Here's my big old Liatris planter today. Thanks Sally, I have been looking for the white Liatris, I think I saw it at Walmart. Thanks for the compliment on my big rectangular planter box too. If someone ever makes one like that, I suggest you have a use for it right away. Believe me, it's not something you want to kick around for long! -

Here is my red shed, it didn't turn out too bad I guess, it could be worse, now I need to paint some white trim. -

I keep the birdbaths full here too, the birds just love it now.

One more day, they are forecasting 107 tomorrow! Then a bit of a reprieve for a few days they say.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 6, 2012
7:27 PM

Post #9195941

Carpet sedum does fine in containers. They will fill in and drape over.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2012
12:13 PM

Post #9196726

Oh Pepper,
If the dog had to be hit and lying on a burning hot road, I think instant death is better. It's a shame it happened. I feel for them.

Will,
The Prickly Pear looks very nice and very happy in it's bucket!
NICE succulents!
I think poking the white bulbs in now while you can see the empty spots would be a good idea.
Wow! The shed looks really nice! I actually like that color!

It's hot! Too hot to even sit out with the boys. We ran to a yard sale this morning and they found a box of toys. They're in there playing so I get a chance at the computer, LOL!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9199186

Thanks Sally, that Prickly-Pear is a real trooper. The PP was one of the 3 plants in Plantfiles that I made an entry years ago, it's a neat plant. It's cool that I've been able to keep that, it's a remnant of a big PP plant that I had many years ago. I may wait till next year to get the White Liatris bulbs, altho, if I saw them at Walmart I would prolly be tempted to get them this year.

Thanks Pepper, I hope the Carpet Sedum fills in alright, I hope it's not too much for that planter now. I'm gonna make another one pretty soon, a Sister is giving me some Hens And Chicks, I think I'm gonna put that in a deep glass plate that I found here, along with maybe one or two somethings from my concrete planter there.

Thanks, that shed looks a lot better than it did.

I'm glad the extreme heat has subsided for now, a few plants were getting toasted, I think one mighta bit the dust, just for the year I hope.

Is this some rocks or what?! -

Happ, I think this root sprout/cutting might be the only one that is gonna take. I cut all the dried up leaves off and left the ones that were still flattish like maybe they were being fed a little. -

Hi Crit, if your out there, do you want a barnacle covered crafty looking driftwood thing that we uncovered recently, they'd go good with a water scene, or anybody?
Will



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juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
12:48 PM

Post #9199270

Yeah prickly pear is a neat plant,THE YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS.
I have one? the thing is "BEWARE of the hair of PRICKLY PEAR"

I just thought you might like that one(lol)
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
2:34 PM

Post #9199392

Haha, that rhymed, "beware the hair on Prickly-Pear!"! I even wore rubber gloves when I did that and still got one of the "hairs" in my finger. Being over 40 doesn't help getting it out, I can no longer see well up close anymore! I got a magnifying glass and it took about an hour of constantly looking for it, but I got lucky when I found it good, and I got it out finally. It does have a real nice yellow flower, the flower is worth having it!

Here was one of it's flowers from a few years ago, from that current one's mother plant. -

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juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
2:43 PM

Post #9199412

Well here's mine from last year; was it you about porch kitties?

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
2:50 PM

Post #9199422

Oh, your braver than I, a Prickly-Pear on the deck or porch! Yours has a pretty flower too. I like your long-haired kitty guarding the porch! We love cats here too.
Well, back out to unload all those rocks in the yard for some cheap landscaping.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9199669

I got all those rocks put down in the yard, it looks okay for some elbow grease, here is a few photos of the job. -

I'll be working on getting some of my Hostas, Coral Bells, a Hyssop and more planted around that shed soon.

I'm trying to do more every day this year, I sure would like to get it all done this year.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 9, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9199731

Will, that looks great!!

Did anyone get any spit this past weekend? You know, the stuff they call rain but isn't enough to even call a sprinkle? I got enough to spot the dirt on my truck and that was it. So I call it spit. lol. It doesn't even show up in the rain gauge.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9200306

Thanks pepper! I want to get some soil now to go around that shed so I can plant a few things there.

I was going down I-35 at that time, in Kansas. I was on my way back Sunday afternoon when it rained for about 10 minutes. That area musta got a little more than here. A spit or sprinkle is pretty pathetic compared to what we need here. I remember when I got back I looked to see if the pavement or anything was wet, everything was dry.

When I was on the highway I even had the windshield wipers on high for a couple minutes. I remember when I was loading rocks Sunday afternoon it was even thundering, about 80 miles SW of Kansas City, in KS.
I even looked up and thought,"I better hurry, it's about to storm". Well, not exactly a storm there, but I think a yard of brown grass in Kansas would have been proud for about a day.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 10, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9200835

It clouded up today and humidity is up but no rain. I don't even remember the last time it rained here.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 11, 2012
4:38 AM

Post #9201280

65/ 88/62
Plentiful sunshine. High 88F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Will,
I got a big laugh over your buckets of rocks!
Cool driftwood!

JU,
LOL!! I actually have a rose called The Yellow Rose of Texas. The originl was planted over 100 years ago by my Dad's cousin's Aunts.

Will,
How beautiful! After getting some in your fingers, I think I'll pass on the cactus...

Ju,
Nice plants! Love the porch kitty :o)

Will,
The rocks look really nice and the hostas arounf dthe shed will look real good!
Yep, do a little each day and it's a job done. I go out every day and do something.

Pepper, Laughing and crying over your ''spit.'' That is so sad and we aren't even getting spit on here.

We've done nothing but water, water, water! Yesterday, to give the pump a good work out, DH hooked the hose up to the oscillating sprinkler and watered the Rose Bed, two thirds of the South Peony and a third of a the North Peony. I watered other things in the meantime. My daylilies and phlox are saved! Not to mention all the other things in between. We will be dry till Sunday and I doubt we get rain then, but we could...

We're picking up all four kids and all four will spend the night. :o)
Grandpa filled two 15 gallon tubs with a little water for the twins to play in.

The guy down the road bought a cabin, so they took the 6 or 7 daylilies I had set out in the free pile, last night. I was so glad. Now I don't have to water them. I potted them up last week when it was so nice and kept them in the shade against the house. I set them out Saturday night.

It has been a wonderful cool week! More like June, and like it should be. I'm suprised I didn't have any plants die in the heat we had.

Well, a busy next couple of days again :o)

Have a rest everyone :o)

shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 11, 2012
6:55 PM

Post #9202125

Sally, is that a tongue twister?! Wouldn't your Dad's cousin's Aunts be his Aunts?! I'm only being silly, you know how I try to be funny and all! lol The keyword being try!
I think we all have a pretty good sense of humor here!

Are you sure Sally?! Prickly-Pear is hardy there I'm pretty sure! Okay, don't be surprised if a pad shows up in your mailbox!

I vaguely remember it raining SOMETIME this Summer. I remember it filled my rainbarrel up, but it's been empty for a while now.

I definitely have enuff pots, I would like to propagate many of my plants like you do with the free pile, Sally, but the neighbors and city here are so uptight about "clutter", I'm afraid they'd see those pots sitting around as debris.

I bought a not cheap drill bit for cutting drain holes in a deep glass dish that I was going to use as a succulent planter dish. Will it work, anybody think? The guy at the store says no bit will cut tempered glass, is a deep dinner dish, tempered glass? I won't be able to return this bit after I open the package. I know car windows are tempered glass and storm doors but I don't know about dishes.

I got a clump of about 20 evergreen Hens And Chicks yesterday from my Sister. I don't know if she remembers it, but about 8 years ago I gave her one big one that I just bought for a dollar and she planted it, now she has like 200 of them. I remember it back in the day, I said, "you can have any plant you want, go ahead pick one", she picked the one I just bought. Here they are by the glass bowl that I want to drill. -

Thanks, you like the driftwood too, billyp? It came from a Virginia beach. My friend's Sister is a big driftwood artsy type. Now, I think if she was just as friendly, everything would be fine! That driftwood has probably been in a box here for 10 or more years.

Thanks billyp, for the compliment on the rocks, I need to re-arrange them a little yet. For example, that one side where the rocks are curved I think would look better if it was in a straight line.

I re-arranged them today, I started writing my post before I did it, here it is now, not much different, just moved over a little and in a straight line.

See some plants that lost their leaves to conserve energy? The leaves come back next year. There's my other cactus, it's a Chainlink Cholla I believe, it's a cutting plant from years ago.

Here is some of those 12 foot tall Sunflowers, right now they are about 12 centimeters tall! They grow fast, they got a lot of growing to do yet! I hope they have time!

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
4:48 PM

Post #9204306

Everybody disappeared again! Well, we got some rain, not much, but I think better than nothing. My plants are always up for some ine free rains. According to the 7 day forecast from the reputable channnel 41 here in Kansas City, unfortunately, the temps are going back up! - http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast That usually changes some but that is HOT again! Come January, I'll be like, "wasn't it just 100?!".

I got my Spider Plant in a much bigger hanging basket, (it's up close), Spider Plants grow fast and it starts not looking right if the planter is too small. - That's my Asparagas Fern hanging back there, it's about 4 feet long. Like my big Christmas bells hanging over there. I don't think they look right, but I don't care, I like a jingle bell! lol There's a couple of my Hostas way back there, not doing to well, they kinda got toasted with the heat we had recently and all indications are we're going to have more! But, I brought them in the full shade and I'll water them good with some other plants that are there.

Little bees like some Purple Blazing Star! I took about 20 photos and oddly enuff this was the best one, well, the only one with a bee in it! That's the bee hovering to the left of the flower. -

This Blackberry start is hanging in there I think, I'm still waiting to see some genuine new growth. I believe that it's alive, maybe it's in a stage of trying to generate roots. -

I'm gonna go ahead and make some starts of stuff and start something of some free plants like a free pile, maybe even have plants for a Fall RU if we have one. I'd like to make some Blackberry starts for people if they take. I'm sure I'll think of other stuff to make. Here is 3 Rose Of Sharon cutting/starts. -
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9204313

We got some sprinkles here. Just enough to feel but not do any good. The cool temps felt good though!!!

My hostas are pretty much goners for this year anyways. If I am lucky they will come back next year. With the tree gone they are just frying in the sun and the heat isn't helping them either. Since we are in a drought I've been limiting my watering. I water the most important plants and I water everything by hand so that I don't use so much water.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
7:01 PM

Post #9204423

Yeah, that wasn't enuff rain. Although Pepper, it sounds like you got even way less than I did. I was out and about today at the unemployment office and Home Depot and it was raining the whole time, (but not hard), my windshield wipers were on. I would like to be more conservative on water myself, but if I didn't hand-water when it's this hot, I'd have a bunch of dead plants to look at for a while. I think hand-watering is a pretty far cry better than running a sprinkler or sprinklers for hours maybe.

Here's another example of the recent heat taking it's toll, the Mimosa's have been losing dried up dead leaves by the pound! I swept up a big pile and that was just about a ten square foot area of the driveway. -

Here's a BlueJay getting a drink, this was yesterday, before we had some rain. See the squirrel down below it, they drink from it too. -

I got down low to get this shot, they are all over next to the shed, that is all dead Mimosa leaves, between the rocks and the shed was just dirt, (no grass or anything).

I put a whole bunch of bread and those little hard toasted Bagette slices in the front yard yesterday, I forgot the name of them, anyway there were a lot of birds out there and we have 4 cats and 3 of them were watching the birds..lol -



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juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9204447

I kind of do hand watering myself,only the pitcher or gallon milk jug does most of it.It hard to get all that water to pour out of my hand(lol). That is no doubt less wasteful(especially if everything is mulched) than hoses or sprinklers,only it does take some time,doesn't it?
I put some water under one of my plants and had a butterfly and two birds stop in for a drink,including a dragonfly that seemed interested.
I forgot to say it is better than dead plants, much better.

Still only twice since may that it has rained here,it's beginning to get rather bad.Not so bad for me and my little garden as for many ,Only this is beginning to bother me and my own little world. So far the only flower still alive that I've planted this year is a peach -leaf Bellflower. That is not much of a success. I did pick twenty tomatoes this morning and finally a couple of watermelons have set melons.goood stuuuuffff!!!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
7:58 PM

Post #9204479

I'm not watering anything except stuff I planted this year, lilies and bushes and trees. I have just under an acre of land here and my gardens are all over the place. Daylilies and peonies down by the road are on their own and a bunch of other stuff are too. Trees are hard to replace so they get laundry water. The rest get hand watered everyday. It takes me about an hour to hand water the stuff I water which also include a bunch of containers. It's not fun but I rather save a handful than lose all.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 13, 2012
9:28 PM

Post #9204570

I found this Youtube video interesting. There are a BUNCH of how-to videos on propagating plants, just about anything on plants. I'd like to bone up on propagating some of my stuff, I have a few neat plants, anyway, here is a cool how-to on changing a Hydrangea's colors. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=M2ci_B4I8-8 There is tons of how-to videos on getting cuttings from so many common and regular old houseplants that you'd never think about as getting more for free. - http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=propagating+houseplants&oq=propagating+houseplants&gs_l=youtube.12...0.0.1.5012.0.0.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0...0.0...1ac.F45TiEV0AbA

Dang ju, your hands hold a lot of water!

I think I might try to start a cutting from that dark red Rose bush happ gave me. I think people could probably have a ton more cool plants for their own yard with a little effort.
The thing about a lot of my plants, a lot are too small to get a start (or cutting) from yet, I have a few to try on though.

Hey pepper, maybe you could put one of those Dogwoods or Hazelnuts in that spot where that Maple tree came down?

I too know about the time consumed for watering with the hose! It usually takes from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on how much I forgot to water until I'm far away from them, then hafta walk back, dragging a hose (trying not to knock anything over), well, you know what I mean! lol

pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
6:32 PM

Post #9205391

I have a dogwood that will go there. I saved 2 of them and gave one to my grandma. Mine is fully leafed out and the trunk on it is probably a good inch or two in diameter now. It's still in the pot which is probably why. lol. It will go in the ground this fall when things cool down. I need to cut my switchgrass back there too. It needs to be cut so it can be mowed over like regular grass. lol
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9205506

Here is my newest little succulent planter, it is small! I need to come up with something else to add to it. And, I see now that I forgot to sprinkle some sand around the top of it. - And here it is up close. -

That Blackberry start is plugging away at remaining green. -

I made this rabbit fence cover for my trailer yesterday. Does anyone know if a squirrel can get thru that or would have any interest in still going for bulbs that have a fence like that cut to go over them for that kind of protection? I have more where that came from. -

I wanted to throw in this photo of my two cactuses (Prickly-Pear and Chainlink Cholla) next to each other. That is making the best of containers for plants!
Will

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 14, 2012
9:10 PM

Post #9205508

Dogwoods are a pretty tree. I have this list of propagation by cutting plants if anybody would like to look it over for stuff they can do out of their yard. - http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8702.html

This Bumblebee is liking this Hyssop that I haven't planted yet, but I hope to get it planted within the next couple of months. That's my white rainbarrel, it's nearly empty, but before the little rain yesterday, it was even with the faucet down there. -

I did 8 pots of my Coneflower seed-heads. I hope this was close to the right time to get them and do this. I think it might have been too early but I also wanted to get to them before the birds had a chance to get many seeds, they were done blooming. -

I went ahead and put the 3 tiered birdbath back together. I wanted to re-locate it to a more viewable place about 20 feet away but I don't think that was ever going to happen. I need help moving that largest bowl part and I don't foresee getting help anytime soon. It don't look too bad where it's at, it just can't be easily seen by cars when they drive by.

Here is some pots of stuff I am starting, like the 3 Rose-Of-Sharons on the left, then 8 pots of Purple Coneflowers that I just did today.

Here's my Chainlink Cholla that I potted yesterday into that Christmas popcorn can! I'm not crazy about that can as Cholla isn't really a Christmasy plant but the can is colorful and even festive! I want to trim that Cholla down and insert some cuttings around more in that can, so it gets more of a bushy look instead of a single stemmed leggy look. -

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 15, 2012
2:35 PM

Post #9206225

Well, ya know what they say, (I hope)! "When it don't rain, it becomes a tapwater barrel!"! Man, isn't that pathetic?! That was also before I painted the trim back there.
I'm glad to see the Black-Eyed Susans from a seed packet get past that half inch stage where they always seemed to die on me. That's them in the orangish red pot.

I started painting the trim on this old beatup shed, I guess it isn't going to paint itself, dangit! I had to take a photo of the side of the shed where half of the side didn't get painted, yet.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2012
10:05 PM

Post #9213013

Well, I'll try to start the deadness back up since nobody else will! Now I know can't everybody win the lottery and be on the beach with an umbrella drink!
I am a man of my word tho see!? - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=8863976 I painted the living room window frame AND I've painted the shed in the last week or so!
I've enrolled in a college course that starts in less than 3 weeks, it doesn't last very long, I aim to land a decent job hopefully after that sometime.

Anyway, here is that window after I painted the frame today. I intend to paint the eaves too at some point. I kinda jumped around from painting the trim on the shed to painting the window frame before I was done painting the trim on the shed, now I need to get back on the shed. When I was painting the shed trim and ran out of paint it hit me, I thought, "I got my priorities wrong here, I need to paint that living room window frame", so paint it I did!

Here is a latest addition, an Aloe called 'Blue Elf' for my succulent planter, (it's to the left of that cactus). I relocated the Carpet Sedum to the big planter with the Liatris, it kinda crowded the concrete succulent planter right now, here it is. - That is my other succulent on the left in the red clay planter with the Hens And Chicks to the right of it, it's an Echeveria something or other (on the left), the Aloe and the Echeveria were each under $3. The Sedum is hardy though, I wanted to get it in a place where it can stay for the Winter.

Okay billyp, pepper, happ, juju, Crit, juhur, mclowdis, Cyb, anybody, you can all come back out, it's safe! It's too hot for the monsters under your beds, you can outrun them!

Hey, I made a how-to of my very own on cutting off and potting up a SpiderPlant baby! - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN3prSy7frU&list=UUncIC3pLv0W-KhBjmMVkG6Q&index=2&feature=plcp
Oh and that "oh" is from unintentionally cutting off 2 babies, not from back pain or anything, altho, I guess I don't bend over and pick things up as easy as I used to! Sorry about the sounding like Woody Harrelson part in advance! Oh, and if your Harrelson's lawyers and want to sue, I'll tell you now that I'm unemployed and I have no money! And I've cut my fingernails since then! lol

Here we go again! It is warming back up! This is nuts, I'll be lucky to have a plant left after next week! I hope the predictions from weather liars change as they usually do, surely they jest about 108 next Thursday! - http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast Well, at least I'll have the cactus left!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9213862

I don't think they are jesting about the weather. It's still 92 degrees out now. Ugh. I'm hoping that front comes thru so that the weekend is halfway decent. I'm hoping to go check out a few places with friends on Saturday.

Will, did you buy any roses yet from Heirloom Roses?
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 21, 2012
11:10 PM

Post #9214019

Man, that weather forecast has already changed ALOT. It has came down next Thursday from a high of 110 about 24 hours ago to right now it is 100.

I haven't placed an order at Heirloom yet, but there is really some tempting deals there.

I almost hit a panhandler in a wheelchair today, on the way over to visit my Mom! He wheeled right out in front of my car at an intersection. I had a solid green light, it wouldn't have been my fault if I'd hit him, there was about 30 cars there that saw it. I stood on the brake pedal and the tires squealed and I stopped about 10 feet from him, I was going about 40 mph. I know my car has real good brakes now, the smell of my new tires was strong after I burnt the rubber off!

juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
9:35 AM

Post #9214352

shortleaf ; excitement ain't what it is about being all that fun is it? I for one never will get use to wheels screeching to a stop or the sound of metal crunching on metal.

Good luck with the roses!!


90's today '102 forecast for Monday, I'm hoping the 10 year forecast is wrong about this continuing .I will get use to it,but I wont like it.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
12:34 PM

Post #9214532

Yeah, that was a bit too much excitement I'm afraid juhur, I still think about it. I don't know if the guy wanted to die or what, but it was a very close call with his life. Some people commit suicide like that, they jump out in front of cars like that, I'll probably have nightmares now! It wasn't one of those motorized jobs with a flag, he was hand wheeling for all he was worth. He looked like Sergeant Dan on Forrest Gump, only without the bandanna and this guy had white hair and a white beard, I think he might have soiled himself in his wheelchair!

I've been lucky, I've never had to experience crunching metal in a car wreck, thank God

Thanks for the good luck wishes on Roses, juhur. Roses haven't been my strong suit this year, wait I don't have a strong suit! Well, maybe weeds is my strong suit! There really are some fantastic deals on them there though.

Boy, they weren't wrong about this was probably going to be a hot Summer because the Winter was so mild, it is indeed hot and dry! I learned there is a big difference between 97 and 105.
At 97 it's still very hot, but when you get going with your car windows down, you think, "well, this isn't too bad". But, at 105 and the windows down it doesn't work and your like, "okay, I need to get in air conditioning, I can go to the store some other time!".
Will
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9214915

Boy ain't that the truth Will!!! Below 100, windows down. Above 100, air conditioning on!! I managed to drive with windows down today and it wasn't too bad. I got lucky. lol

Will, those roses you can get and put in a bigger pot. They aren't bare root so borers shouldn't be a problem. When fall gets here they will be bigger with more roots and you can put them in the ground. That's what I might end up doing. That way transplant shock isn't so bad and I can baby them better.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
6:46 PM

Post #9214972

Hehe.. yeah, that's about the way it is, below 100 windows down, above 100 sitting in the ac! I'll see what Heirloom has left in a day or two, I sure would like to get 1 or 2 New Dawns or 1 or 2 Westerlands and I might try Penny Lane again, I waited too long for Kiss Of Desire, it is out of stock now I see. The thing is I don't yet have the structures for them made. I might do that, go ahead and get them and pot them up.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 22, 2012
7:18 PM

Post #9215016

I wanted to get a better pot for the water-lilies, so I got this big brown one today at Lowes, it was on a nice clearance sale price, otherwise I wouldn't have got it for the original $40. I made this rabbit fence cover for it, something has been getting in it and messing the water-lilies up, a raccoon or opossum or something, I don't know what, but it, or they, are gonna be stymied now! I've been lucky so far, the water-lilies keep coming back, now they can grow uninterrupted I hope, I also added more water to it, it evaporates fast. That's the old light brown pot next to it and see my Elephant Ears, they don't feel too well in the heat. It has a white inside, that brown pot, it didn't look good with the water-lilies and the green water. It needs to have a plant of some kind in it, I aim to fix it right up with that pretty soon.

Here is my big SpiderPlant and that's a baby from it that I cut off and potted up right behind it. That big SpiderPlant still has 7 or 8 babies on it, anybody want one?

I was on the deck earlier watering some houseplants and I thought this would make a good pic of the thermometer and a cool plaque right above it! I found the plaque so I thought I'd put it somewhere.
See the Mimosas in the background with yellow leaves from being so hot and dry?
Will

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billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 24, 2012
4:22 AM

Post #9216598

82/97/73
A mix of clouds and sun. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Will,
LOL! My neighbor has had cactus for years and I passed on it years ago when she offered me some.
Boy, I don't know about the drill bit.
I love driftwood!
That sure is a pretty bowl!
It does sound like the RU is the place to take potted plants. They should be in good shape by then. You can keep them watered and dead leaves plucked off.

Pepper,
We've been watering so much it's a wonder we haven't sucked the water table dry. We're hand pumping all of it too.

Ju,
We.ve been eating some exellent watermelons and muskmelons from Missouri and Indianna. Sadly we don't hav many growers around anymore. Fruitland used to have the best melons, and there were stands all over the county. Not so now :o(

Will,
That was a close call with the wheelchair!

I'm cutting and pasting, so some of you have already read this.

Just like in the movies, we went to the town hall last night to listen to CCI. (Citizens for Community Improvement.)

We are to have an 1800 hog confinement built a mile and a half to the northwest of us, up on the bluffs. One farmer from the next town owns many acres up there. He sold it to another person who owns the post office and hair salon. He will manage the operation after it's built, for Tri Oaks Pork.

CCI tries to stop them. There are 17 within Muscatine county.

After the meeting, I talked to the farmer who sold the land. (2 and 1/2 acres. His sister built a house on my Grandpa's farm just outside of town.) Many wanted to know why he didn't build on his property. He does have one by his folks and he will get the manure for free to spread on the neighboring acres of the confinement.

He assures us it won't be too smelly, but... there is also the flies and any pit problems. I did tell him I appreciate the fact that he let us know instead of sneaking one in already. One big problem is that the people who live around it will have it out their back door. There are 5 close to it. I feel more for them. Truck traffic, etc.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 24, 2012
8:57 PM

Post #9217597

Eeek.. 1800 hogs! Somebody will have a nice smell! About 25 years ago my friend got surprised at a temp job when he was told he'd be shoveling up hog innards that day. I was his ride home and I went somewhere else to do temp work but he never went back!

I did some painting on the old red shed again today. I was painting up some white trim, trying to make it a little presentable. It still needs to be taped and painted some more on some edges.

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juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2012
1:44 PM

Post #9218411

shortleaf; Looks like your making progress! Looking good from the pic!! Looks like the garden barn my parents once had.
billyporter; Fortunately we have lots of market gardeners around the town,not as many as once was your right,only nobodies given up eating melons just because there aren't as many homegrown melons either. Evidently the markets stands do a pretty good business around here for a small town.Was at one the other day myself,those Cantelopes are mmmm, goooood!!!!
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2012
2:52 PM

Post #9218476

Thanks juhur. I just love that shape of a garden shed too! It's too bad the cheap materials it was constructed of, like wafer board for example the big cheapie. And it's too bad it was neglected all these years. I don't really blame my friend, the current homeowner, it was here when she moved here. You can tell nothing was ever done to it, it's a good shed though, as far as I can tell, it doesn't leak.

Today, I've been doing some considerable power washing with our new $86 (after tax) 1500 psi electric power washer from... Harbor Freight! It's cheap, but it really does the job. I encountered paper wasps about 5 times today. One was sitting on my hand as if to say, "alright, that thing makes too much water and noise, and your tearing up my stuff!" Anyway, I got real lucky that I didn't get stung, especially that time, I tried blowing it off my hand and that didn't work, so I waved my arm real fast and it flew off. I musta looked comical if anyone was watching, which I doubt, it really startled me when I saw it on my hand!

I've been thinking about doing some landscaping on that side, maybe some mulch and Hostas, something that doesn't need sun..lol There is still a Peony over there that has never flowered and I'm pretty sure because there isn't any sun, that's it in the photo. I want to dig that up sometime and get it planted in the sun somewhere.

Here is the thermometer on the deck, it is HOT! I try not to be outside too long, it gets kinda hard to breathe comfortably. Actually, the deck gets a little hotter than actual because the heat builds up a little or stays on the deck but it's only 107! It may still rise a degree, I think about an hour from now is the hottest part of the day.

I don't want to paint that side of the house in this heat. Even tho paint adheres good in the heat, I think the mid 90's should still be plenty hot enuff for the paint. Tomorrow it is going down to that I think.

2 days ago I painted a garage door that needed it bad. I didn't realize the power washer was gouging into it so much until I painted it. But, the garage doors need to be replaced anyway, but in the meantime it can look better than it did.
Will
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juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2012
5:00 PM

Post #9218649

We have a three and a half horsepower compressor that was purchased about a decade ago .It hasn't been used for a while and it was 126 dollars from harbor freight back then.I know they can sure tear things up these days,but they are good for weeding and cleaning concrete walks and drives and the like.
I'm still hoping for a tool &garden shed if anything would ever go right around here.Not as bad as that sounds only things could always be looked forward to being better.
My peach -leaved bell flowers didn't make it through the heat ,just didn't have it in them yet,I guess .My Hibiscus newly planted are looking good 'Fireball' the var.I have a echie that has a near 6inch bloom,that is the largest I've ever seen them bloom.
I have a couple melons going in the garden,that and two tomato plants are about the only thing producing,too much heat and drought.
103 DEGREES outside as I type this,with all that sun today it feels hot enough to burn your skin right through your your clothes.Kinda like the vehicles you all were discussing a day ago ,man that is H>O>T>!!! Your 107 or so also too, too, extreme!!!

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9218689

Will, you could do hostas, varigated Solomon's Seal and ferns in there. It would look good. Easy maintence too. Or if you want to go big get an Empress Wu hosta. That sucker gets biiiiiiig. It's on my wishlist. Since my shade garden is pretty much dead I think, I just might be able to get one next year. Will have to wait and see how the bed looks.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 25, 2012
7:51 PM

Post #9218852

Thanks for those suggestions, pepper. I'd like to add some other stuff besides just Hostas. I'll look up that variegated Solomon's Seal. Empress Wu eh? I like a big Hosta! Some Hostas I've seen don't seem to do very well in the heat here it seems.

Yeah, a decent tool and garden shed would be priceless, juhur. Harbor Freight has some really good deals, though some stuff is better than others, in price AND in quality. I rarely buy stuff there NOT on sale.
I used a 20% off coupon and the power-washer was already on sale, so I did good on the power-washer, the receipt says, "you saved $50". It is a big relief that it works good, I had the receipt at the ready! I'm not above using something, finding out it stinks and returning it for a refund. An Aunt one time bought a dress for a wedding or something, wore it then took it back for a refund...lol A friend bought their 10 x 12 foot greenhouse, it is real nice. I'm gonna have that someday, mark my words! http://www.harborfreight.com/catalogsearch/result?q=greenhouse It's regularly $699, it goes on sale for $599 then you use a 20% off coupon on top of that and that's all she wrote right there! Just kidding, I still would need a place to put it! Those 20% coupons are easy to get, they're all over the place. I once dropped mine on the floor of the store and after I walked around the store looking for it, it was still on the floor, everybody has one or two.

Wow juhur, that is one large Coneflower flower! Also, that's neat how that English Ivy is going up the bricks. I have some here, but it will only go along the ground.

Here is one of those 2 little Veronica Speedwells that I got from Pepper, it has really spread out, here it is draped over some strategically placed rocks. -

My water-lilies are thriving in the new brown barrel! -

Man, I hope my Elephant Ears can hold on just a while longer, they aren't liking this heat. -

Here is the back of the newly painted red shed back there. -

Here is TropiCanna going for the top of the swingset. It WAS at the top and above it but that leaf broke off in some wind or something. See those leaves about halfway up? There is 2 leaves that fit perfectly inside each other for some reason. -

The forecast has already changed for tomorrow. It said 95 but it is now 99 with an 80% of rain. So, it sounds like it's still gonna be pretty warm but that rain would be REAL nice, if there really is any!
http://www.kshb.com/subindex/weather/forecast/7_day_forecast
Will




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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 29, 2012
6:49 PM

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WOW, don't know how I lost you all for so long. July 9th! ugh I guess because the DGD's were here from the 4th to the 15th and I have been sick since they went home! Finally went to the dr. Sinus infection, which I knew, and bronchitis, which I suspected. After 10 days of trying to get over it myself I go to the Dr. Now I'm taking a handful of pills twice a day and still not feeling well or quit coughing. Hopefully by the time I finish my pills, I'll feel better!

Boy, we are in for a scorcher again this week!!!! They have dropped several of the days from 111* to 110*. LOL Big whoop. Now if they could just get RID of that 112*! I was trying to find my picture of the day it was 114* to see what day it was, but can't find it right off. We are sooooooo dry, in the severe range. The next one up, and the top, is extreme. People all around us got scattered showers the other day, but they didn't amount to much. .2, .3, etc.

Off to finish up supper

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 29, 2012
7:33 PM

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Hiya Crit, welcome back, it has been awhile! Hope you get to feeling better. Yeah, it has been real hot and dry here too, man 110, that would be very uncomfortable. That's definitely not a very encouraging weather forecast there!

I drove to small-town Kansas today to get yet another big load of rocks and I took a short video clip of a brief rainstorm on I-35 coming back to Sugar Creek (Kansas City). I took a photo of where the precious rocks come from! Of course, I got back here and it hadn't rained a drop! We put out our soaker hoses today. Here's that video clip I made, it's only 20 seconds long. - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1JGBerobVs&feature=youtu.be It looks like I'm just racing down the highway, actually, I had the cruise control set on about 59 mph! Hehe.. I drive slower than everybody! How about the blue sky and raining like the dickens?! That was about 50 miles Southwest of Kansas City.

Here is something that gave me an idea of what to put around the ac unit here, it's at McDonalds in Kansas City North. - They are Arborvitae Thuja Occidentalis 'Emerald', they are just so snow and ice damage prone! But, I would take good care of them in the Winter, I'd cover them up or something. I'd for sure prune them into a cool shape though, kinda like triangles with about the top fourth cut straight across.
They don't grow like exact triangles, more like missiles but a little fatter at the bottom. Here they are at Arborday - http://www.arborday.org/treeguide/treeDetail.cfm?id=216 I'd probably just get the little ones from HomeDepot or Lowes for about $6 apiece I think.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2012
5:58 PM

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Been awhile since I posted here too. lol. Been busy running around and getting stuff done. The only thing I'm doing outside is handwatering certain plants.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2012
7:17 PM

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A big welcome to you too pepper! It was overcast most of the day but it never rained much! Today was such a tease, maybe it'll rain tonite.

I did some planting and mulching today. I couldn't resist any longer, I bought 2 Arborvitae Emeralds to go by the air conditioner unit. Here they are all planted up after I put down the rest of my trailer of cedar mulch, (3 wheelbarrows full) -

We found a pretty dish here to find a use for so I made it a succulent planter today, there is a Carpet Sedum and an IcePlant in it along with some rocks on the bottom, dirt in the middle and sand on the top and a couple rocks on top for good measure. -

Here they are when I first got them home. I actually planted something on the same day as I bought it! -

Has anybody seen the English Rose from DG's weekly newsletter, it is a beauty, the English Rose 'William Shakespeare 2000' ?
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

July 30, 2012
7:39 PM

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If I plant anything right now it goes into pots til Fall. I have a rose that needs to be planted but it will be Sept or October when that happens.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2012
4:27 AM

Post #9224507

74/92/63
Partly cloudy. Hot. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph

Will,
The shed is really looking good! Amazing what a little paint will do.
Those power washers really do the job! Smiling over the wasp. We work side by side with hornets gathering mud. They never bother and fly out from under foot. It still amazes me.
The garage door looks great too!

Ju,
We have melon everyday. It's finally locally available, but the first came from Missouri and Indianna.
I have four or five muskmelon trying to make it in the heat.

Pepper,
I bought three varigated Soloman's Seal years ago and they all died. Yet a couple of years ago, one grew! I need to dig it up and move it because it's in the bed where they cut the trees down. I love it tho! It's a good suggestion!

Crit,
Wow, you've had a lot on your plate. No one used to get sick in the summer, but that all seems to be changing and I wonder why? Thankfully the meds still seem to work. Keep on getting bettter!
Oh man! That is way hotter than we have been!
Awesome! I have the Emerald arborvitaes and I LOVE them! We just tied them together in the middle with twine or jute as they grew, because they do sway out a little. I started with 3' - 4' plants and the are full size now. I wish I had room for more.

Pepper,
I'm potting up special plants just to keep them watered.

Last week I started buying canned goods for the winter. I know food prices are going to go way up! My peppers fall off before I can get any. The tomatoes are doing good. I have about 15 on the counter that need skinned, stewed and frozen. I ate two in the garden last night and the cherry tomatoes look like fireworks, LOL! I ate as many dark red ones as I could :o)

No rain in sight and nothing but a wetting of the rain guage when rain did pass over us. It's another hot dry week. At least I have all the beds weeded now so they can't soak up any water.

So, it's another hot dry week with no rain in sight. We will be watering all week.

They were planted in 2007 and here's the 2012 picture.

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juhur7

juhur7
Anderson, IN
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2012
2:40 PM

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billyporter; My cantelopes won't seem to set, all I seem to have is a couple of small watermelons. I had two tomato plants that went over in the hot sun.(watered or not although mostly not) I don't like to water plants all the time.

Here's a few pic's from around the green space,These were taken yesterday;

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2012
6:21 PM

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Well, we are 111* today. At least my back yard is green. I cringe to imagine what my water bill is going to be. UGH. I am starting to loose plants, even though I water. I don't like to do everyday, so I do the front beds one day, then the back yard and potted things around the pool the next. I'm still watering everyday, but am using sprinklers or soaker hoses on everything but the potted plants. They still take me an hour to get them all done. DH said we were going to have a green yard this year no matter what. It is nice to see green.

Will, looks like those trees will do the trick in hiding the ac unit. Nice choice. DH doesn't like evergreens, so we don't have any here. Actually took out two huge ones when we moved in. They weren't anything special, just plain evergreens. Really like that dish Will. Very cute.

My pepper plant gave me one pepper, then decided to wilt. I let it dry out ... I watered it more ... and it still is all wilted albeit alive. the heat has about taken 3 of my tomatoe plants. I noticed a new one on the one in the planter. It is confined in a cage and very tall. I noticed some bud bunches around the top, but don't know if they will make it.

I too had thought about stocking up on food because we know the prices are going to go up, just haven't done it yet!

Well, you all stay cool. It sure is nice to have the pool to jump into when I'm out working on plants and flowers to cool off.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

July 31, 2012
7:56 PM

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Thanks billyp, that shed isn't so bad now. In some cases power washing is a must for a good long-lived paint job. Paper wasps have probably stung me more than anything, (well, anything except the 2 legged family member variety..lol) Oh, mud daubers generally won't sting, but I learned the hard way that Paper Wasps and Yellow Jackets will sting you good! July is like get stung month, they are collecting mud and building nests somewhere this Summer. Those 4 Arbs are nice billyp, you musta raised them good and in good soil and stuff, you rarely see big ones that are green and not brown with several leaders, (green or brown). If mine get multiple leaders I will cut them right off, mine will only have 1 leader apiece! It looks like you bought them a little bigger to start than I did, I'll probably have a big old wait on me now. Thanks, I swear that garage door is heavier from the paint now!

I transformed my terrarium from having a Pilea and a Fern in it to having a Carpet Sedum, 2 rocks, soil, marbles at the bottom and sand, can't forget the sand!
The Pilea 'Aluminum' and the Fern weren't looking right, so it was the Sedum's turn. Here it is in a photo, it's a very big antique milk bottle.

Nice flowers, juhur.

Thanks Crit, I hope they hide the ac unit eventually. In that pic up there that one looks pretty close to the wall but actually it's 19" from it. They are 34" apart from trunk to trunk, they are themselves only 24" tall. I nearly always get the smallest and cheapest plants available, I think I'm a, "wait for it to grow" type..lol It'll probably be 2020 before they hide anything! Man Crit, that's about as discouraging of a forecast as I've ever seen. I mean, I know it gets hot in some places, like Death Valley and Arizona. But people pay extra to live in AZ. and nobody lives in Death Valley!
Thanks, hope the dish stays cute! A squirrel will probably dig it all up looking for an acorn or something! Speaking of which, a squirrel dropped an apple from way up in a tree and almost hit me with it today! I was bent over looking at something and BAM, I looked up and there was a squirrel running all around about 50 feet up!
The squirrels are pretty funny here, yesterday a friend said she saw a squirrel go up a tree with a whole corncob, (still with the leaves on it), I guess it was going to shuck it up in the tree and eat it!
Will

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

August 1, 2012
6:58 PM

Post #9226530

I never knew soaker hoses watered so good, but they soak the heck out of stuff! I never used one before and I was thinking they just soaked around the hose maybe just by the hose (an inch or two), but they randomly spray and drip up to 4 or 5 feet on each side of the hose, just a tremendous amount of water comes out over a few hours. I took a photo, it's just incredible. - One soaker hose has watered like half the front yard!
I wouldn't do it if there was a water shortage here. But, letting the plants die isn't really an option I guess. They said on tv today that this is day 64 of drought here. They say the Missouri River is 20 feet lower than this time last year. It is average 7 something feet deep now, you could almost walk across it.

Here is a squirrel working on a corncob, see the empty cob to it's left, that one has been cleaned out. -

I power washed the big fountain today, in preparation to do some needed spray painting on it, I'd like to avoid the new paint from flaking off if I can. But, some of those concrete pieces just don't look right, they're all different colors. Here it is before the paint. - Hopefully tomorrow I'll get it painted if it's dry.

Here is my new Arborvitae Emeralds from the other side. Aren't they just awesome?! -

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happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2012
7:01 AM

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Wow didn't realize I had been missing for so long. Typical reasons work too long but good thing I actually went on 5 days of vacation. I haven't done that in years. So 2 weeks before spent trying to get the taj macoop ready for the chickens and ducks, buying kid pools to put the potted plants in so no one has to water, and just the normal stuff. Then back to work with a ton of stuff to get done.

I tried to catch up and looked at all the pictures, and even with this heat you all got beautiful stuff going on. I know today you all are getting rain. I just hope I am getting some at home...we are desperate and have missed all the rains you all have gotten.

I will post a few pics of stuff going on at my house. Since we can't water and nothing is growing we have spent alot of time building which I guess is good as long as I don't lose anything from the drought.

first pic is on the east side of taj macoop, I know it looks like a fortress but when you see the south and north side you will see they have alot of ventilation. Before winter we will have drop down sides to cover the ventiation system for the winter. If it gets warm we can raise it and if it is cold we can lower it. The fence will go all around so the few times they are stuck in there they will have plenty of room. Usually they are out running around catching bugs. The last pic is of my solar chandelier..rofl, it is so much fun. I cut off solar light and stuck them in the sockets where the lights use to go.

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shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

August 2, 2012
5:27 PM

Post #9227548

Welcome back, happ! You were starting to worry us you were gone so long! Everybody needs a break. I remember how it is to have a full-time job, one really relishes their spare time, and vacations from work, they were the best! I hope to join the workforce again after this training starting Monday is over. Your DH and you have been busy I see! Boy, it would be nice to be a chicken at your house! Hehe! Solar lights in the pergola in an old chandelier! That's a good idea. Now, I want to do it when I find an old chandelier! Taj MaCoop! That's funny! I always get challenged in Scrabble when I use the word taj! I think you live in an area near St. Joseph, happ, Platte City they said is bumming pretty good with drought conditions, I bet you know. That root-sprout start of a Blackberry Bush is still green. Maybe it's generating roots and such but it's hanging in there for you. Here is a photo of it tonite. It's the fourth and fifth photos in the lineup. - At any rate, it is still green after 5 weeks, I think that is a good sign! Here it is on June 25th - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=9180938&extraimg=1 If it were going to die, I'd think it woulda turned brown by now.

I painted the foundation on the East side of the house today, it needed it bad and I put it off long enuff. I have a few photos of the job if anyone wants to have a look. - It was a gallon of Drylok paint that I used. It worked out just right down to the last drop in the can, it was just enuff to paint it on liberally. Man, that stuff goes on good! It doesn't smell very good, but that don't last long, it dries fast! I figure any paint that smells like urine has to be good! I encountered wasps again a few times but never got stung. They came at me hard, but I was fast! I saw this one coming so I went into this violent shaking for a second or two and I think that threw it off! It flew around me for a minute then went back to it's nest to do whatever they do. That one actually tried to sting me, it ran into the hand that was up there but it didn't hit me good enuff. I was trying to knock down this spiderweb right by their nest, that's when I found out where it was. I think, "how did I not get stung?". You know, I think maybe it's because I am a fairly hairy sort. I think they might've been unable to reach my skin because the hair on my hands and arms maybe kept them from stinging my skin! I don't know, but I've been lucky, maybe it's just being grown up now. Maybe I anticipate them now and I try harder to avoid them. I remember when I was a kid I got stung regularly, knocking down their nests probably didn't help any! Anyway, I'm done now with that side, in the photos I wasn't done all the way. That photo closeup I was just trying to show you the wasp's nest, but the pic here might not be big enuff, it's pretty hard to see even full-size offline.

It musta rained a little early this morning. When I got up, the pavement and street had that rained on look, but I kinda doubt that it was enuff to really help.
Will

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 2, 2012
7:49 PM

Post #9227704

Got some rain this morning. Not enough of course but every bit helps.
shortleaf
suburban K.C., MO
(Zone 6a)

August 2, 2012
8:50 PM

Post #9227762

New thread, go here - http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1273751/

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 4, 2012
5:13 AM

Post #9229053

72/92/61
Partly cloudy with scattered strong storms developing during the afternoon. Storms may produce large hail and strong winds. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Marking my spot. Hopefully I'll get back here today or tomorrow :o)
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2012
2:39 PM

Post #9229582

LOVE the taj macoop happ. lol I am now in the chicken business. I have 3 pullets that should start laying eggs this month. I eventually want to get up to 12. I have a Cinnamon Queen and 2 Rhode Island Red crosses. The one with the silvery feathers on her back is Purdy, cause she is so pretty. The solid red one is Sweetie because that is what she is and the lighter colored one is Queenie, the Cinnamon Queen. DH is in town at this very minute buying the supplies to make our Hotel Chick Chick. What is that you are using on the outside? I had suggested buying a used dog run then covering with the chicken wire (I know how anal DH is when he is making something, and I didn't want this to take a month to build.lol) But no, he wanted to build it. ^_^ I had 4 chickens that a guy had given me and was getting eggs from 3 of them. I let them free range because I wasn't prepared with a coop of anything. (The ones I have now are in the back yard and I have a cage for them at night!) After about a week, the big RIR that laid such large pretty brown eggs "dissappeared". Then I heard a commotion of barking that sounded like my dogs down at my neighbors house. I went down there and my smallest Rat Terrier had one of them and the other dog was barking at her like crazy. The chicken was dead so I beat her with it to within an inch of her life. She gives the ones I have now a WIDE BERTH! Now I'm down to 1 layer and 1 non layer. UGH! My layer disappeard. I had really gotten attached to her! A few days later the neighbor told DH he heard a commotion then say a big black dog running down the road with her in his mouth. Still don't know whose dog it was. Thus leaves the worthless one running around the place. I bring home the 3 new ones and keep them in the cage from Tuesday till Saturday to be sure they stay when I let them out. Sometime during that time, worthless disappeared! Told DH I HAVE to have a coop NOW! lol

happ, are you the one I got the 'walking iris', I believe it was called, from? I have them all potted up and they are green and healthy, but not doing anything. What are they suppose to do? I've forgetten.

My passion vine has fruity all over it. I'm anxious to try it out. It is still green so have to wait until it turns purplish. What I read is it takes 70-80 days. May just get some before we have a frost.

Please pray for the people of Northeast Oklahoma. We have wildfires burning that has consumed approx. 50,000 acres and several homes. I'm across the lake/river from where they are, but they have evacuated the west side of a town about 12 miles southwest of me. I have ash falling. We could smell the smoke and see a haze in the air this morning. I was cleaning my pool and couldn't figure out what all this stuff floating in my pool was. Went out about an hour ago and my car had all this ash all over it. Went and looked at my pool again and it is covered. Smoke is obliviating the sun on the south side. Not good...we are sooooooooooooooo dry. At least the temperatures are going to give us a small break this week.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2012
4:39 PM

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NEW THREAD FOR AUGUST!!! THIS THREAD CLOSED!!!

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