Thought I would start a weather forum here. We had not had any rain for 2 weeks and now we have had bad storms for the last 3 days. They are predicting very bad storms here on Saturday. Sure hope we don't loose power.
Corn is tasseling and is shorter than usual. As hot as it is if it doesn't cool down it'll cook the pollen and the corn won't make ears even if it does get a rain. Western KY has just about written off corn and bean crops for this year. We'll start feeding winter hay here pretty soon. The creeks have dried up so we're hauling water to cows that are in pastures without waterers or ponds. The garden is drying up and what wasn't dried up the deer came through and ate because that was the only green thing left to eat.
Daylilies are low man on the totem pole around here right now. Bloom season has been shortened significantly because of a lack of water. Blooms that should be six inches are barely 3 and they're rather deformed. Foliage is starting to yellow. They'll be going dormant here pretty soon. The heat and wind is sucking the ground. Most shrubs and trees are either dropping their leaves or the foliage is significantly wilted by the end of the day. It could do a slow rain for a week and I'm not sure the creeks would be running after that.
Same here. We are finally getting the rain we need but I think it is too late to help some of the daylilies. Some are actually thriving on the heat while others are struggling very much, especially new ones I planted a month ago. I think I have lost at least two new ones because of the heat.
Cindy, I'm enjoying all the rain we're getting but it's mottling my first blooms on new plants I planted this spring so I'm not seeing what the bloom should actually look like...but I guess it's good that they are blooming anyway :)
Yes, same here. Emerald Starburst only had 2 buds and the second one opened today but the early morning storm we had ruined all of its pollen. I had such high hopes of using that flower this summer too. Hope it reblooms.
Think we have gotten 1/10 of an inch of rain since May 1st. everyones yards are turning brown and looking like cut hay fields. My flowers are sad and are looking like they ususlly look in October. Along with the awful heat and drought the deer also found my daylilies this year-pretty much robbed me of the rest of the blooms for this year-I would have been much more upset if they hadn't been looking sooo bad already.
It is terrible here in central Iowa...we live about 45 miles n.e. of Des Moines, and have had maybe 2" of rain since May...rain either goes north or south of us. My yard is all yellow, and the daylilies are barely surviving even with my watering them. It has been 100 or above for about 10 days with beating down sun, and still no sight of rain. The ground has huge cracks and even the trees show signs of stress.
Last night a front of cooler air came through (cooled down to 80) and I thought I was in heaven. Still no rain. The farmers are really worried about their crops, and my hay man (I have 4 horses) said he didn't think he would have a 3rd cutting this year if there isn't any rain...usually he gets 4 cuttings...I don't want to tell you what that is doing to the price of hay! :(
Our air conditioner went ka-poop, and it is only 5 yrs. old...the wires burnt up. The air-conditioner guy said that he has been swamped with calls, as the air conditioners can't keep up with the heat...they are running constantly, and burning up...
SM4657, sorry to hear about the A/C going belly up. Try a higher setting when it is this hot to help reduce the stress on the A/C unit.
The village next to us measured .54 inches of rain this morning. This was a surprise considering we only had a 20% chance. Glad we were a part of it. Temp is very comfortable right now.
Miserable...just miserable...My garden is fried. I have watered but that does not seem to be enough. We also, have to get a new a/c. ,and I am sure I will be socked with a huge water bill. Oh well...Mother Nature can be a challenge every year. Everyone stay cool...Lesley
Rain went all around us last night. It's like a circle between Lexington and Louisville was the center of a doughnut. We're dragging soaker hoses to the gardens in an attempt to have enough produce for the markets. The daylilies are on their own. I was planning to have open gardens through the 22nd but there's no way.
We're starting to feed hay. And move fences so that every sprig of grass that's available can be grazed. We'll be putting cows in pastures where there's no water so we'll be hauling water. It's a never ending circle.
It was low 80s Sunday and I actually felt an outdoor chill. Ha! Monday and it's 91. Forecast is 88-93 next 7 days with no precipitation.
Next weekend, I'm going to dig up fans of ten or so of my favorites, pot 'em, and keep 'em under a shade tree. They are a browning and withering away. I thought maybe they were going dormant, but with no moisture I think they are baking and withering away.
A local news segment was air conditioner failures. The air guy interviewed said most 'residential' (not commercial) air conditioners are intended to reduce air temperatures 20 degrees at most.
One word. AWFUL. One of our local local news/weather stations shows the area I live in to be in a "severe" drought. My perennial plants are just hanging on, some are dying. Annuals are frying up. Lost a crabapple tree. Despite the extreme heat & drought, many of the daylily blooms are exceptional this year, it just looks like the foilage is half dead. Have not done hardly any hybridizing this year, what little I did didn't take because of temps over 100 degrees. It's a sad summer.
Make sure your aif filter in your air conditioner is washed out & wash it out from the endside out or you will push the dirt in. As far as the heat it is not going to get any better, 100 years we didn't have interstates & hugh parking lots & millions of homes with dark roofing that the sun heats up & lets the heat rise as where years ago where we had grass
& the ground soaked up the sun. There is a rain forest in south America that used to get over 300 inches of rain a year & after taking out most of the trees they get 80 inches of rain a year, People call this progress but it is total destruction. REMEMBER THE OLD SAYING YOU PAY ME NOW OR YOU PAY ME LATER. The world needs to wake up before it's to late. You take the greenery & you take away the rain. You can see the change from satilites in space, My brother was Division chief at vandeberg Air force base & at Cape Caniveral for all delta rockets.
I believe what you are saying is certainly contributing to what we are having. I also believe the earth goes through cycles. When the weatherman gives our weather each day, they always go back l00 years to give the temps then, and I am very surprised that l00 years ago, the temps were just as hot as they are today in the area where I live. They certainly didn't have nearly the population or greenhouse gases then as we have today and they were still baking in hot temps.
Weather here same as above: Hot and dry. We were ecstatic to get a nice rain a few days ago, but there are patches of pasture that won't come back. We were already buying much more hay than usual because of last years drought, I can't imagine how much we will have to spend on hay this year. Plus the price of milk is down as usual...other than the rain we just got I have been watering all day every day. I even watered my irises this summer!
I am here in Iowa also, and we did have another cloud go over and drop some rain, but just 4 miles north, west and east, they got nothing...the rain is so brief, and so spotty, that I am not sure it helps much. Our yard is just yellow...the only thing that comes up is crabgrass...
Our pastures are barely chugging along, and I have bought more hay (first and second cutting) than usual for my horses for winter...I don't even want to think what hay prices will do if we don't get rain...Oats are going up in price, too.
And the poor farmers...corn is tasseling, and I hope we get some rain the middle part of the week, but I am not holding my breath!
We finally got 2 inches over the weekend and clouds for that time so that it could all be soaked up. Not a drought breaker by any means but certainly most welcome. It will take a lot more to fill up the creeks and get them running but it's at least saved a day or two of hay to save for the winter.
In New Mexico, the temps have stayed right at 95 - 100 for weeks and weeks. I did manage to get maybe 1/3" of rain out of 2 or 3 storms, but not near enough for sure.
A lot of the ranchers are selling off their cows, because they can't afford to feed them with bought hay and grain. The orchards and gardens all around are suffering.
I trimmed off the burnt leaves from my daylilys so they don't look so bad now, but what a job. I've been watering quite a bit and my water bill sure shows it! I do little prayers whenever I see a cloud though. I just don't want a gullywhomper like last year that flooded my Tuff Shed and all my photos!
And, the boss informed me today that I am "allowed" to work 20 hours a week, as there is no money. So full time retirement is sure looking better to me. Just hope I can afford it.
We got a good one last night. Some still coming down right now. Lights went out for a little while. I will report the total as soon as I get it. Good thing I held off watering yesterday morning. This should keep the ones in the ground happy for awhile. The grass is smiling !
Nothing here in central Iowa...It looks dark to the north, but doesn't come our way...the yard is beyond yellow...some have said that if we don't get some rain here, we should think about watering the yard...but, we have over an acre, and I don't want to see what the water bill would be.
Gonna have up to 105 degree heat index this week...that ought to fry everything that is still living!
Yahoo finally as of the 9 th of August here in central MI we have started getting rain and today we have gotten a total from then til today about 3 inches well needed rain too
And we actually had to close our windows as to not have to turn the heat on it got down into the high 50s but I'm not complaining it is a relief I can always put on a sweatshirt.Right now it is 60 degrees but I'm not complaining.
This was well needed rain as we hadn't mowed our lawn in 8 weeks it was so dry and wasn't growing only turning brown.
Now my plants I can't believe I let them go as long as I did without watering only because when the temps were into the high 90s to 100 I didn't venture outside even long enough to water them I feel horrible about that.
But it was so hot you just couldn't get yourself to go outside for nothing I got such cabin fever it was nuts.
Now we are enjoying this rain we just and I can't believe I could be so excited for rain as I was but it is coming to an end here probably by the end of today Saturday.
I sure would hope for other areas to get some of these well needed rains Oklahoma for one really is needing it sure wish for them areas to get a decent rain.
Well maybe tomorrow when it stops I will be mowing lawn and even though it is too late for my daylilys to send up some blooms at least they will survive this summers heat and dry.
Hemlady where is Melvindale, MI ? We are between Flint and Lansing are you more to the south of us or north?
Believe me if we could we would I know how miserable we were when we had abnormally hot and dry weather into July. I didn't want to do anything outside and felt very unproductive besides getting cabin fever.
Thankfully that Jet Stream has dipped down giving us some relief it would be real nice if it would dip down a little bit farther.
I see much on the news about ponds drying up and cattle getting stuck in mud trying to get to what water is left that breaks my heart.
Can you tell I love animals my husband says I wouldn't make a good farm wife because I wouldn't want to kill any of the animals. I said no I would want to be a crop farmers wife I love to grow things LOL.
I know the crop farmers are in big trouble this summer too.
I can't believe we are actually going to be having to mow the lawn again after weeks of not mowing it and it is getting green again it was so burnt.
Our trees in our neighborhood have lost a lot of their leaves and our Maple tree in our back yard has lost so many I've been raking them up and they have black spots on them what is with that?
New Mexico is still dry. We are short on our monsoon rain that we usually get, but hopefully next weekend should have some rain for us. There were some promising clouds today with a temp of 96, but the high pressure system is keeping the rain from getting here. Not enough moisture in the air to rain.
Been raining here some everyday for the past 5 days... just a slow steady rain off and on - with lots of cloud cover, so it has really helped. Today the sun is out but the temps are in the low 70s so very nice. Supposed to have some morning temps in the upper 40s tomorrow and the next day in part of the state. Not quite ready for 40s but I could sure get used to these 60s and 70s temps!!
51 this morning on the way to work! AWESOME!! sure wish I was off today so I could get some yard work done! LOVE working outside when it is nice weather!! Mowed part of my yard last night - had on shorts and even got a little cool before i got finished. Was great - when I mowed it last weekend I thought I was going to roast before I got finished!
Genna, lucky you. I have been wearing long johns the past week because of the cold mornings. We were in the low thirties this morning. Going up to 53. Must say that it is better than what the folks in Minnesota got this morning in the form of SNOW! Mike
Snow already!?!? Wow!!! It was gorgeous day yesterday - but in the mid to upper 80s. Today it started off cool - probably in the upper 50s with a breeze, but has warmed up to the mid to upper 70s. Been working out in the yard for hours and need to get back at it... went to a roundup yesterday and came home with too many plants! :)
I REALLY NEED LOTS of these nice days so I can get my beds in shape. Can't do too well in the 100+ degree weather... hopefully it will stick around for a while.
LOL... well, that isn't likely! :) No one else in my household is into gardening...although my husband will help dig holes etc, normally, but just had shoulder surgery Aug 20 - so NO doing that currently!! All the weeding cleaning and mulching are left to me...
I have one large bed that I cleaned out in the spring - had it all nice and mulched and looking great in June... then the heat hit and I just couldn't keep up. I have three other beds that I haven't gotten to touch all year - you couldn't have looked at them and told the one I had cleaned from the others :( Not too encouraging... but my schedule is much more flexible now that the kids are in college so I am hoping to do better next spring at keeping everything under control.
Realistically, if I don't... I REALLY need to eliminate a couple of beds. I do not get any enjoyment from seeing them look all grown up and unkempt. I have asked for a gardener a couple of times for Christmas, but so far I haven't gotten one ! ^_^ LOL...
One year we hosted an exchange student from Italy for a year... she couldn't believe that I did my own gardening. Her mother had over 300 roses - but had a full time gardener who took care of it all... I couldn't believe anyone had a full time gardener - talk about culture shock !!
I received one aster in my swap, but can't remember the name off the top of my head. It is supposed to make a mound of blue flowers...
Well, our cool weather was just a mirage... :( It was back up to 93 yesterday and I think today is supposed to be even hotter! But there is supposed to be an increasing chance of rain as we go thru the week.
Wish I could hire a full time gardener here. Need one to keep up with all the work that needs to be done. Even with a full time gardener, there would still be plenty for me to do.
Weather here is not bad today. Supposed to be a few showers in in the mid 70s. Tomorrow will be sunny. Rain showers expected Fri.-Mon. I hope they will only be light showers, as I'm planning to go to a local garden center and get some stuff done this weekend.
I know exactly what you mean... a few weekends back when it rained here - it was just a light rain and I worked most of the day out in it. I must say I looked a wreck - my hair was kinking every which way from being in the rain all day - but I sure got a LOT done in the cooler temps and the built in misting system! ^_^
Karen, I can totally relate... I need a full time housekeeper (dream on!) and a full time gardener and there would still be plenty to do! :) Although I would be willing to sacrifice and take part time on both! LOL...
Genna and Larkie it is probably warm enough for reblooms in your weather. They are predicting above normal temp for at least the early part of next week. Low to mid 70's. No rain in sight. Not feeling the garden hose hauling right now. "Just Do IT"!
We are still considered to be in a drought condition, but the severity of it is a LOT less than it was. There are still a few places scattered across the state that are still listed as extreme - but they are mostly in the northern part of the state. There is a chance of rain the next couple of days - but highest chance in the northern counties so maybe some of those that are still in bad shape will get some much needed rain. We could use another rain, but we are in much much better shape than we were!!
When I planted my trees the other day, the ground was actually moist - that was a nice surprise!
How often do you water your DLs Mike? I have one big bed that I watered almost every day this summer - had a raised sprinkler up on a tripod and just let it run... but my friend said I would probably be better off to not water every single day - but it was so dry I was afraid I would lose everything. Plus, my soil is very sandy and doesn't hold water as well !
Going to be 65 and mostly sunny here today. I called in from work. Needed a personal day, plus I'm feeling overly tired lately. Will probably get some more daylilies planted later.
Genna, I could use a full time housekeeper, too. Like you, I would settle for part time on both the housekeeper and the gardener. LOL! When I win the lottery I will definitely be hiring both full time! I do have a friend who has been helping me out with weeding lately, as she brings her son over, and I pay him $20 for 2 hours of work, doing a lot of the things that I just don't get to do, like taking all my weed piles to the compost piles, hauling loads of manure for the beds, cutting back brush and taking it to the burn pile, etc. They've been coming over about once a week to do that, and it's really been a help. Not that I don't still have tons to do. Oh, and my nephew, who lives with us, has been been doing a lot of clearing in the woods, pruning trees, taking some down, and clipping back shrubs that are out of control, and a lot of weed whacking. My sister bought a new weed whacker about 2 weeks ago, and my nephew loves it, so that's been a big help, too. And he's been doing some mowing, too, and my friend/roommate Gretchen has been helping with mowing and watering. Even with all that help there is still a ton to do. I've always wanted my place to look as nice as a botanical garden. Yeah, right!!!!! Botanical gardens have a lot of staff people taking care of everything.
Do you mulch, Genna? That would help keep the moisture in longer. I had to deal with sandy soil when I lived in Fallon, NV. It was all sand. I was always adding stuff to it. Had to water daily, and didn't have mulch on the beds. Finally I put in soaker hoses. That helped a lot. Would leave them on for a few hours each every 3 days. Really saved me a lot of time over hand watering. Here I don't water any of my established plants, just my potted ones, and I have too many of those.
When it was in the 90's I watered twice a week. I use a lot of mulch to minimize watering also. The stuff in pots need watering at least once a day when it is very hot. We have been getting off and on rain lately, which enabled me to do some selective watering.
LOL... I can so relate Karen. I have always wanted the nice picture perfect home - with it all decorated and everything in its place! yeah, right... that is NEVER going to happen!! I have been trying hard since the kids started college to get the house in order and KEEP it that way... it is a LITTLE better, but I have spent way more time working outside than inside which I tend to do... and so there is a lot to do in both places! Guess it will always be that way. I have noticed that I have a LOT less laundry which is really nice...except when they come home :)
Yeah, I do have mulch in my beds, and around most of the trees that I plant. Unfortunately, as we mow the mulch gets shifted around (around the trees) and usually just ends up being grown over by bermuda, but i guess it still helps retain moisture. I have tried to add compost and manure to my beds to improve them, and I have improved them some but they could use a lot more. I don't have access to a good source of manure so I have to buy it in bags and that limits how much I can get each year. I have noticed though the mulch tends to break down over time in the bed and it is helping to improve the bed as well. I have tried to start a small compost pile but I do not have a lot of luck with it... the raccoons and various animals seem to get in it at night and scatter it everywhere! So, although I might be slowly improving the area where it is located, I am not really producing compost!
I have one bed that is a long way from my house and I was having to drag the hose several hundred feet. I lost most things in that bed last year because of some breathing problems I was having and I just couldn't get the bed watered. I moved the few DLs that survived up to my closer bed this past Spring. Now there is not much left in that bed except some lorapedalums, quince, and some lantana. It is also covered with bermuda. I lost all the cannas and other things that had been in that bed. I plan to rework that bed and only put drought tolerant plants down there. That way, I will have to water until they are established, but after that I will probably only water once every 2 - 3 weeks in that bed depending on temps and weather conditions. Just trying to plant things that need a lot of water that far away wasn't very smart to begin with !! :)
101 ... wow - hope we don't climb back to that. Although if the temps get as high as they are calling for the next few days, we will reach that with heat index for sure because the humidity is supposed to be really high tomorrow - Sunday. :( it is hard for me to get things done out side when the humidity is high!
Can't believe it is almost October...and it has been hot here since MARCH !!
Yeah, we had a guy come with a trencher several years ago so that I could run water and electricity out to my big center bed - AFTER he left, we decided we should have had him take water all the way out to the road to that other bed... but we never did do it. The ONLY reason I have a bed out that far is that it is around a light pole and guide wire. My husband and son, and myself, all just about flipped our mower under that guide wire because of a slight hill there... I decided it was a good place for a bed to keep anyone from having to mow under there!! It is probably 300 ft from my house, but it serves the purpose. I just am going to modify the bed to heat and drought tolerant plants to avoid having to water all the time.
OF course, the bermuda is covering that bed too... the drought doesn't seem to bother it. I got some roundup sprayed this evening hoping to make a dent in some of this bermuda... not sure how effective it will be on those thin leaves!! I am going to spray the gravel drive all outside my big bed because the bermuda is growing on the rocks and into and across my bed. I don't need the grass on the gravel so I am hoping to kill it to keep it from spreading in the bed again. Then on my other beds I am going to try the small trenches around them assuming I can get the bermuda out that is in there. Won't do much good to put a moat around it if the bermuda is still in the bed ! :)
I only got one daylily planted tonight, but I got some weeding and watering done, and I tied up a climbing rose. Didn't do much at all, but I caught up on some much needed rest.
CheerMom, I remember what the weather is like there. I lived in Mesa for 4 years. Loved the winters there, though.
Oh, man, Genna, I'm so glad I don't have to deal with Bermuda grass. I have a lot of other invasive stuff that I'm always battling, though, so I guess it's six and one half dozen or the other. Take your pick. I imagine you have those horrid goat head thorns as well, though maybe I'm wrong. Had them in NV, and they were horrid! You couldn't walk barefoot anywhere, and the thorns would stick into the soles of my sneakers, nearly puncturing all the way through in some cases.
Yes, putting drought tolerant plants in that bed is a wise decision. Much less work for you.
For the past three years I have been using composted cow manure for mulch. It works really well, puts some nutrients into the soil, and helps to improve it. It breaks down a lot quicker than the shredded wood mulch, so you have to add more pretty much every year, but it's so worth it to keep improving the soil. I get a lot of extra earthworms coming to feed on it and break it down even more. I get a truckload for $90, which is about 5 yards. Really nice, fine stuff, and looks fantastic.
I have never heard of a goat head thorn... hopefully that means we don't have them!! :) I have a LOT of stuff in my beds as weeds that I have NO IDEA what it is called... seems like I get rid of one thing (for instance I have greatly lowered the population of nutgrass (nutsedge) but something else always pops up. Some seem to be fairly easy to deal with - others a nightmare. Last year was the first year I ever dealt with this vine that looks like morning glory... I think someone on here called it Hitch Vine. It was EVERYWHERE last year, and is still rampent this year although not as bad as last year... guess there will always be something to fill in. Thankfully, I only have trouble with it mostly where there is not mulch - such as where I am trying to establish my foundation planting. I originally lined out the foundation planting and tilled the area and removed as much grass as I could. Then for several months I would just try to roundup anything that appeared. Sometimes I stayed on top of it - and sometimes I let it get ahead of me. Slowly over time, I have been adding plants to the bed. It is an extremely long bed and will eventually have a LOT of plants in it. I started with the basics up closer to the house and have been working my way out. I have cardboard, paper, and mulch around the plants that are in place...but I still have quite a bit of the bed that doesn't have anything in it. So, I fight various weeds and vines in that area, as well as encroaching bermuda. My husband got me some of the metal edging to line it - and I hope now that he is regaining some use of his right arm that we will be able to get it in place soon. I HOPE that helps deter the bermuda...along with constant edging.
Man, that composted cow manure sounds awesome! I tried to buy some horse manure locally but have not had any luck. Did buy one small load of cow manure from a feed lot when I was starting my first bed - it was $ 75 (this has been 6 yrs ago or more) and it was full of hypodermic needle covers, syringes, ear tags, number tags (like from the sale barn), a few needles, etc. I decided for the money I could buy it by the bagfull and not have to deal with the 'trash' in it. :( I grew up on a farm, and my dad always used the dried horse manure around my Mom's roses and in her flower beds - they always looked great! ... I also hear mushroom compost is really good and I wasn't able to locate any in the spring, but I just spotted some at Atwoods the other day so I have to get in a pick up some bags of it ! :)
They say some parts of the state got heavy rains yesterday...we didn't get a drop but at least the temps stayed in the low 80s. It was a nice day and I got some watering done, and some roundup put out.
Genna, I fight that constant battle with all kinds of invasive weeds myself. I could go on and on. I know I will never get rid of them all. The best I can do is keep them to a minimum and under control.
I love the cow manure, but don't think I would buy it if it came with a lot of trash. That sounds gross!
Rain here today, a little too much to get out in the garden. I watched some TV and did some grocery shopping. Made a big spaghetti dinner tonight.
Got a few weeds pulled this morning but then it started raining. My daughter came from college to attend the local craft fair - we went to that in the rain. It is just a slow light rain ...now that I am home, I really should go out and work in it - at least it is overcast and cooler that way!
I did do some housecleaning this morning...always something that needs to be cleaned! ^_^
Very cool day, and kind of raw. In the low to mid 60s.
Went to a garden center with a friend and scored big on some half price perennials. Love it when I can get good deals like that. I got 2 Peruvian lilies, a wine purple and a golden yellow, 2 shasta daisies, one called 'Banana Cream' and the other a fluffy looking one, got a phlox called 'Blue Paradise' (been wanting that one), got an orange epimedium, got a centauria called 'Black Spires' (or something to that effect, a black one), a sea lavender, and 2 other things that aren't coming to mind at the moment.
It must all be here Cindy! We were only supposed to have a SMALL chance of rain and it has rained ALL weekend. Had a couple of times today that it picked up momentum and the temps are down in the low 60s!! So much for our "just a little chance of rain" but I know the plants are enjoying it...
We got a fantastic amount of rain last night and this morning. It finally stopped in the afternoon. It was nice and cool out. I wanted to get some work done outside, but that will have to wait till tomorrow.
A nice sunny day out there today, and it's going to get about 70, though we have a chilly start. I need to get motivated and plant all the stuff I got on Sat., plus all the daylilies that still need planting.
On the 1st of every month our newspaper publishes the temps for last year and the historic highs and lows and a space where you can write in this year's temps. Last year it was still 97 on October 23rd...hope this October is cooler. We never seem to have a fall or a spring. Goes right from hot to chilly and from chilly to hot. (sigh)
All of you who are getting rain...send some to New Mexico! We are below what we usually get and the whole state is considered in drought. Some areas are extreme drought.
These last few days have been in the upper 70's to low 80's, but still 50-55 at night.
I was able to cut back on the watering at least. Everything is loving the weather, including my daylilys. It's like they don't know what to do. I walk through and pull the browning leaves so they look nice, but they are perking up and standing taller with the "cooler" weather. I guess they were as tired of the 90's and 100's as I was! LOL
Wish I could send you some rain. We had great weather today. Got lots of rain yesterday and Friday. Getting more rain on Wed., but tomorrow is supposed to be a mix of sun and clouds with temps in low 70s. Too bad I'm working. Will get some stuff done after work with the hour of daylight that's left.
Hope you are getting some rain up your way... don't know how much we received, but my husband tried to mow part of our back yard yesterday and left some ruts in the process... means we got a pretty good bit because our soil is sandy and rarely holds water. I REALLY need to remember to buy a new rain gauge - broke my last one. :(
I can so relate to the drought status. I think at one time the entire state was considered in extreme drought - and there are still a few places that are still considered in mild drought status, but I saw on the news last night that the entire state had above normal rainfall in August and September so that helped a lot! There are still several areas that still have burn bans in place because things are still dry.
Got some weeding done yesterday afternoon - still have a long way to go but the temps were in the upper 60s and that makes for nice working weather...if only the daylight lasted longer :(
We had great weather yesterday for most of the day. Cloudy, but in the low 70s. Then in the afternoon we got some rain, though not heavy. I wanted to spread some more manure in my beds, but will have to wait for the weekend now.
Today we had drizzly rain and fog in the morning. Has stopped now, but still a bit foggy. Cool, only in the 60s, but supposed to get to 69.
Genna, I'm with you, if only the days lasted longer. Sigh! But it's that time of year. If only I didn't have to work so much.
Yeah, I just wish we could get a few long days with the mild temps ...those two things just don't go together down here in the south! :( But it would sure make working in the yard SOOOOO much better! So many more hours of productivity!
They were calling for temps to climb back into the upper 80s, but so far they are staying in the upper 60s to low 70s this week - which has really been a nice change! I even considered taking a day off work just to stay home and work in the yard...
Drizzly rain lasted most of the day. That's okay, cause I was working. Did Meals On Wheels with a client in the morning, had lunch with her, took her to the library to get on the internet, then took her to pick up meds. In the late afternoon I took one of my clients to a movie. Saw Hotel Transylvania. Really good!
We were overcast and foggy all day yesterday, and pretty humid from all that moisture. Not too bad out, though, considering.
Today is perfect. Nice and sunny, and it's getting to 76 later. Love it! Tomorrow will be nice, too, except some scattered showers later in the day. After the weekend our daytime temps will get down in the 50s. Wish it would stay in the 70s.
They are calling for rain again here starting late tonight, or early into the morning...and a cold front coming in. Supposed to be 85 today- high of 54 tomorrow!! It is homecoming weekend at the university where my kids go... so we are headed over there tonight for Tiger Tunes ( a variety type show put on every year during homecoming week) and then back over tomorrow for the game (hope it isn't raining) and another performance of TT tomorrow night. HOPING they are wrong about the rain tomorrow...
They are even saying there is a possibility of lows down to 40 on Sunday. Could mean frost if the rain moves out to clear skies...
Karen, sounds like perfect weather to be outside! :) Enjoy...
I will enjoy this weather, though I wish I could be working in my gardens today. I'm wondering if our cold temps after the weekend will be coming from your cold front working its way over here. I don't think we'll get frost, at least not in my area. Probably north and west of me in the higher elevations.
About froze to death yesterday! It was 50 degrees, with a light rain at times and lots of moisture in the air all the time! Also a stiff breeze... we were outside at a football game and between the drop in temps, the moisture and the wind I thought i was going to freeze! I am NOT ready for winter!! Not my time of year! :) So, today, I have sinus that are about to explode... :( But, I am headed out to try to get some things done in the yard... although it is only 56 outside - so we'll see. My husband says it is warmer out in the sun and out of the wind...not sure how many places like that i have to work !! But, maybe if I am busy it won't be too bad!
I moved all my tender plants inside yesterday morning before we left... I knew we would be in really late and I was concerned about them ... we did not have frost, but the temps got into the upper 40's. It will warm up again here for sure, so I will probably put them back out this evening or tomorrow morning.
It's much cooler here today, as they said it would be. About 56 right now, overcast and currently raining. Didn't start raining till about 2:30 or so, so I did get some stuff done. Cleaned up a sales area yesterday, and got another one cleaned up today, as well as cleaned all the gunk and leaves out of my pond. Didn't get around to cleaning the clogged filter, as the rain came. We're supposed to get rain overnight, then will clear out before tomorrow. Hope so, as I have so much more to get down before it's back to work again. Tomorrow's supposed to be partly cloudy and high of 57.
I won't be bringing in my tropicals until it starts getting below 40 at night. If they're calling for a frost, then in they come. Looks like this Friday it will get down to 37, but that could change. We'll see. I don't like winter anymore than you do, Genna.
Well, I ended up working in my yard over 6 hrs! Started out in a long sleeve thermal type top, ended up having to change to a t-shirt in a couple of hours as it continued to warm up. Ended up being in the mid 60s and was great day to work outside. Was almost dark when I quit, but the temps were dropping fast with the sun going down, and there was also another rain front coming thru and it was thundering so I gave it up for the day.
I managed to clean a SMALL area in my huge round bed. It is the one that was clean back in May and June and now looks like a jungle. I probably only got a space about 6 - 8' long and about 2.5 - 3' wide cleaned out. But, I made the discovery that some of those bermuda grass roots are really deep... now I am really questioning whether that metal border is going to keep it out of my foundation beds... :( The grass is not only coming in between and over the rock border, but I discovered it is also coming underneath the rock border! I am not sure how I am going to resolve it. I know I can NOT keep cleaning this bed out to this extent over and over and over... I worked on that bed for a few hours, then had to get some other things done but it is obviously going to take a while to get it all out - if that is even possible.
Because I had put cypress mulch on this bed, I attempted to pull back the mulch in an area then dig that area up and try to get the roots out, then put the dirt back, then put the mulch back... but in a lot of areas the dirt and mulch are mixed now. Assuming I ever get thru trying to get all this bermuda out, should I put a layer of mulch on top of what is there to try to prevent weeds from germinating? or wait til spring?
It supposed to continue to warm back up the rest of the week here I think.
Upper 70's today with 40-45 last night. I have leaves turning colors and a few plants look like they have been hit by the cold temps. Supposed to be this way until Thursday when we might (just might) get a storm.
Chilly here, in the 50s. Started out sunny, and would have been nice if the sun had stuck around all day, but by midday it was overcast. Had to wear pants while I worked in the garden. I hate it when I can no longer wear my shorts. I love wearing shorts. We're supposed to get some rain tonight.
Genna, I'd put mulch on the areas you've already cleaned out, especially if you're still going to have warm weather for awhile. I don't know about where you live, but where I live we have weeds that start growing in the fall, then continue once the weather warms up in spring, so putting mulch on the beds in the fall after weeding them is the smart thing to do to keep those weed seeds from sprouting. Just remember that perennial weeds that have not been removed will come back up from roots that were left in the ground (dandelions that didn't come up root and all, Bermuda grass, etc.).
yeah, I know that if roots are left, they will be back! I am trying hard to get all the roots, although I would suspect it is impossible to get EVERY root! It is a SLOOOOWWWWW and tedious process, and I guess I won't know if I am successful until next year :( But here is what I started with - remember I attempted to spray this bermuda a few weeks ago - didn't seem to really kill it although some twigs might have been damaged. Then this is what small area I have cleaned. ... This clean area is about 7 ft long maybe. The bed is about 35 X 35 so it is going to take a while! Although the front half of the bed is mostly clean already - doesn't seem to have the bermuda problem, yet anyway, that the back side has!
Chilly here today. Only in the 50s. Some drizzly rain early, then lots of overcast the rest of the day. A few sprinkles here and there. Will be a bout 58 tomorrow. Friday is calling for 35. Is that frost temps? I know 32 is the point where water will turn to ice. But what about frost? Need to know if I have to move my tropicals in for the night.
Genna, good luck with your renovating project. I hope you succeed. It's a tough battle, but it can be won eventually, for the most part, anyhow.
Karen, if it's just for one night they should be ok. The whole day at 35° is something else. With the recent rain I would expect frost.
We got a little rain last night. Going up to 51° today, sixties the rest of the week. Mike
hemlady, I can't believe you didn't get any frost yet. I always thought your temperatures were colder by Detroit than we were in the Toledo area. I had to pull a couple of zinnias yesterday that were touched by frost. We had some two nights in a row. The rest of my flowers, including the pots on the porch are ok.I am beginning to think you have the right idea of not taking a chance on planting daylilies in the fall. I am sure worried about the ones I just planted. Karen
Thanks, Mike. I will keep an eye on the news and make sure no frost is predicted for our area. I don't want to move them until the very last minute. I have so many now, and they take up a lot of space in my porch. The brugs will go in the cellar once they've bloomed. I have lots of buds on one, and a few on the other. Want to see those nice blooms before making them go dormant.
I'm planting daylilies in the fall, but I'll mulch them well to prevent frost heaving. I think that's basically what kills them in the winter here. New ones, anyhow, I don't have to worry about that with established ones. I usually plant in the spring. If I plant in fall, I prefer to get them planted in Sept.
Today we're getting rain with a high of 60. I'm working, so no worries that I can't get any work done in the gardens.
Yuck - sleet does NOT sound good!! It was overcast here most of the morning, temps in mid to upper 60s. Thought we were going to get some rain, but guess it passed over us because the sun has been out all afternoon although temps are still good. Turned out to be a beautiful day!
Finally saw the sun today after three days of rain, another cold front tonight but no rain just colder air and some wind out of the north.
The daylilies are very happy after all the rain. A few of my Maryott fans have bloomed and a few more have buds. Yipee!
Lots of sun today, but really chilly this morning. It's supposed to cloud up this afternoon, then another nice day tomorrow with temps around 67. Today is only supposed to get to 59.
Last Friday we had our first killing frost, at least killing for the annuals, anyhow. I brought all my tropicals in and got some cuttings of lantana and coleus. So sad that my cannas are dead now. I have to dig them up and store them for the winter. Two pots can go directly into the cellar. The other pot is too big to move, so those will be dug. I'll be getting that done this weekend. We are supposed to get rain on Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday look good so far.
We had such a nice day yesterday and I was really anticipating our Detroit Tigers game and it ended up cancelled because of rain. I don't understand why they couldn't of played during the day, it was absolutely beautiful. I don't know who schedules all these games at night but I don't think they are too smart. Players had to play one evening a few days ago in 49 degree weather. It would have been warmer to play in the afternoon for sure. I guess its all about money and ratings.
Cindy, I have a friend who plays for the Detroit Tigers! He used to play at Green Bay - we went to one game in Green Bay! It was -6 at kickoff, and got colder the rest of the game!!! This southern gal was FROZEN SOLID!! ^_^
Yeah, a friend of ours suggested we take those packets of stuff that you 'activate' and keep in your pockets to keep your hands warm, etc. People use them around here a lot hunting. So, we went into the restroom right before the game started and put a packet in each boot. By the time we got all the layers of clothes back on, my feet were nice and toasty. Went outside into the stadium and walked down THREE steps and set down at our seats. By the time I sat down my feet were already cold :( - NOT a good sign! I have NEVER ever been that cold in all my life, and if my friend had not been actually PLAYING, I would have went back inside! There were people there with NO shirts on!! Don't know how they didn't develop pneumonia!!
It was a once in a lifetime experience - and I understand it was a REALLY big deal since a lot of die hard packer fans never get the opportunity to go to a game ... but I swore I would never go that late in the season again! ^_^ Was really hoping he would get traded closer to home so we might could see him play again. With the kids school schedules, we can't make a Sunday game currently because of their classes, because we have to drive!
It;s been in the lower 90's upper 80's here so it's the start of our "spring" ... next week not a 90 degree in site so hopefully summer is over. You should see the nurseries. They are filled to the brim with the most beautiful colors and varieties. Unfortunately, just like spring, they have plants that won't survive here more than a few months. So we go with the standby's petunias etc in the winter and vincas etc in the summer. Lantanas, mexican bird of paradise, oleanders, rueilla, etc. are pretty much year round.
I love this time of year!
P.S. I think I'll take nursery pics this weekend to post for those of you that are dealing with cold already (hehehe)
Well, the players at those games stay warm, I'm sure. They must work up a sweat. Maybe that's why they schedule games at night. Well, that, and more people will go, as they are off work by then.
Sue, I used to love that time of year over there, too. I remember my first year living in Tempe, then shortly moving to Chandler. I first moved over there at the end of Oct. It was in the 80's. Then that first winter I ended up doing a lot of hiking. I also checked out the Desert Botanical Garden. Gorgeous! I miss the winters there.
The weather here was sunny and in the mid 60's today. Extremely pleasant, and I was wishing it could stay like that all winter. I got in a nice walk with one of my clients, and even hung out of the beach with her for about 1/2 an hour. Like heaven!
Tomorrow we're getting rain, and into Sat. morning, but should be nice after that, so I'll get some work done this weekend.
Well i am happy as can be. It's been sunny every day this week, and cool in the evenings. I planted a small bed monday evening, looks like my pretties will be okay. Even better is the forecast for this next ten days. Sunny and in the 80's with the highest this Sunday with 87 F 40's and low 50's in the evenings. Looks like my daylily's will be okay too when I get them in and planted, soon I hope. Yipee!!! Do you think the forecast for the next 10 days on weather channel are correct? Keeping my fingers crossed!! I am sneaking these two pics below even though this is not a plant id thread but can anyone id one of these two plants?. I bought both a few years ago in town lost both when i moved, and haven't been able to find them again. I thought 1st one was called angelique? The other at top left with yellow looking flowers that reseeded (alot) was chocolate something??? Help!!
LOL @ CheerMom! Cause when I was reading that, I was thinking "San Diego". LOL! It's the only place I know that has a near perfect climate. Probably part of why it's so expensive.
KsMirasol, those plants don't look familiar to me. Sorry. I wish we were getting your weather. Not that it isn't nice here, but I'm feeling chilly this morning. High today is supposed to be 63. It's 62 right now. Would love it if it got to 70. 80 would be even nicer, as long as the humidity was low. Yesterday was about 65, I think. Nice gardening weather, and I did get a lot done.
LOL I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing - San Diego - except I wasn't sure if they had humidity or not since i have never been there. Granted, I think ANY place with those temps year around, no humidity (or low) and sunshine most days would be an expensive place to live!!! otherwise everyone would be there!! :)
I played hookey from all the work I need to do at home and went with my husband to NW Arkansas to a huge craftsfair there. We used to get to go occasionally to it, but the last time we went was 2000 !! It was a last minute thing - didn't decide until Thursday around noon that we were going and we took off that evening after work. Drove up to NW Ar and then went to the craft fair on Friday, left pretty early Saturday morning headed back home to try to make at least part of the game at the University where are two youngest are attending (also where my husband played on the FB team a few years ago). We did make a stop at an antique mall on the way home because we were both tired of riding, so we missed the first half of the game...but we did catch the end - but they lost :( They had been ranked 10th in the nation in their classification until Saturday.
The weather was super nice for the fair - it was in the 40s when we got up but it warmed up nicely to 75 during the day with a breeze. Then Saturday it was 40 when we got up again, and then hit 80+ back in South Arkansas during the day. Two weeks prior we had just about frozen at the ballgame...this weekend everyone got sunburned! :)
It is another pretty day here today - probably 80 degrees or so outside. I did work in my yard yesterday - got some more things in my foundation planting, and will work more in it today.
Trying to soak it all in before the time change comes and it is dark when I get home :(
Oh, I will hate the dark days when the time change comes. We should leave it at daylight savings all year. I don't mind the dark in the morning. I hate it when it's dark when I get home at night.
Turned out to be a nice day today, although I pretty much frittered most of it away. Got caught up on the computer, then was really tired and took a nap. Then a friend came over, and we ended up chatting away for at least an hour. Got maybe an hour and a half of work done, all weeding. I sure wish I had this week off from work. I have so much I want to get done. I think next year I'm taking 2 weeks off in the fall to get work done at home.
Genna, sounds like you had a great time. I love going to craft fairs and antique shops. Will probably go to several around Christmas time.
Woke up to 4" of snow this morning. Yuck!! Luckily I got all projects done that was planned. Even got my studded tires mounted yesterday and oil change so I am ready for winter. Now if my mind was ready too...that's another story.
Snow...oh, no!!!!!! I don't want snow here, yet, but that hurricane headed our way may bring snow to some areas. I'm near the coast, though, so we'll only get rain.
Today was gorgeous weather, sunny and in the low 60's. Tomorrow will be sunny again and about 66. Oh, I sure wish I wasn't working. Wish I could play hooky. Well, Saturday should be good. I have a lot to do. Sunday won't be so bad, either. Monday looks like rain. Hurricane coming our way Tues/Wed.
NY and NJ are going to get the worst of the storm, but we'll see what we get here. I keep checking the weather report. Not that I don't do that several times a day, anyways.
When I lived in Reno, NV we didn't get the hurricanes or tornadoes there. Like in WY, we got a lot of wind. Same for AZ, though less wind there, actually. They had dust storms there at times, and BIG thunderstorms, sometimes microbursts, which is kind of like a tornado, a big burst of very strong wind. The dust storms in AZ are called haboobs. Weird name.
Well at the top of this thread there is mention of July and temps in the 100's remembering those myself and 80's yesterday, and now it is 36 degrees outside, how is that for the frying pan to the fridge!!!!
Same here - was in the 80s yesterday. Right now it is 32 - and will drop in to the 30s for the first time tonight. :( Although I think it is supposed to be back in the 60s tomorrow. I am not ready for winter...
It has rained here on and off all day so there has been a lot of moisture in the air which makes it feel even colder - especially considering the stark change. I hope tomorrow is nice and rain free so I can get more work done in the yard. made a trip to Lowe's tonight to get some more cow manure to help improve part of my foundation bed -
I was in phoenix when it went bankrupt back in 70 ,of course so had Chicago and east Houston to name a few cities.East Houston was a ghost town for a long time ,thought for a while it was where they filmed the omega man starring Charleston Heston . Phoenix went from a population near 30,000 to less than 18,000 in a week! man that was a weird time.
You weren't by chance the babe the Eagles were singing about were you?Watching life going on ,hoping to be some where other back then.Maybe hoping they might take you along with them .lol Or did they?
I "ain't not a "lookin" forward to any of it a "snowin" myself any ole how or way"!!!
LOL... how funny, Winslow, AZ. ... at least everyone knows the name now I guess! :)
Well, if they are old enough to know the Eagles anyway...
Blomma, I just meant do you leave them on for the entire winter season??? I wasn't sure if your roads would clear back off and you would have to put them on and off, on and off etc which seems like a real pain! Or if you live in a rural area that will basically keep snow til spring... being from the south - just not familiar with those things! (Thank goodness!!)
It is cold here this morning- 40 degrees... been waiting for it to warm up some - supposed to get to 60, but gotta get out and get busy! Too much to do...
Weather was nice here till the afternoon. Went to a friend's for a bbq, and it was cold at her place by about 10 degrees, seemed like. She lives right on the coast, though I'm not that far inland.
Blomma, I love AZ, but I lived near Phoenix, in Mesa. I loved the desert, the canyons, mountains, cactus, etc. Loved the dry heat and the nice winters down in the desert. Might not have liked Winslow if they get a lot of snow. I don't like much snow, personally.
Bracing for the storm here. Supposed to arrive tomorrow night.
Karen and all in the path of the storm, hang in there. We are currently getting a little drizzle right now at 47°f. Took a few pics of what's blooming today. I will post those as soon as I load them on the pc to "fall to winter blooms". I have to take some online training right now. Have a great Sunday everyone!!
Genna, we are expecting lots of rain and wind. Wind is expected to be about 25-45 mph, with gusts up to 65 mph. Pretty windy, but could be a lot worse. I'm not sweating it too much, but we did bring in all the lawn chairs, and I brought in most of my big pots of tropicals, and a few small pots as well.
Hope that it isn't bad - heard some places are expected to get 2' of snow...heard others will gets lots of water! Hope everyone stays safe!
I worked a good part of Saturday on my foundation planting - actually just ONE end of it :( I have sandy soil to begin with, but this end of my foundation bed was where they had dumped the washed sand for the foundation block and brick work when the house was built. I had areas that were still just washed sand. My husband took the front end loader and dug down into some of the areas with washed sand and I attempted to spread the sand out over the area so it would be more diluted. Friday night, I made a run to Lowe's to get some additional cow manure and peat humus to be ready to work on Saturday. Once the weather warmed up a little I got out and added those 30 bags to the area - that made 67 bags of stuff that has been added to this one area in the past 2 weeks! I FINALLY got it to where I looked like I had somewhat decent soil. I have used composted cow manure, a little peat humus (because i took all the bags of cow manure they had left fri night!), and mushroom compost in the area. I am sure it could use more, but i finally feel good about putting plants in the area! Up until this past week, this area only had 3 crepe myrtles in it - the area is about 26' X 26'. I got all the soil improved, planted 3 curly leaf ligustrums in the area to have at least something that was evergreen... planted 2 Silver King Euonymus to try to eventually hide a generator in this area, and added a stepping stone walkway to cut thru from the front of my house to the garage area. We NEVER walk around, so I knew I might as well plan for there to be a shortcut ^_^... I am attaching a photo of this end of the bed. The photo was taken on Saturday evening. Yesterday afternoon, I planted 27 of my daylilies in this area as well - got over half of the pots off my front porch ^_^ ... the black pots in the middle of the photo are where I plan to put three knockout roses in the middle. This photo is actually taken from the garage side of the bed - you can barely see the concrete slab on the left side of the photo where the generator is sitting...
Still have a LONg way to go...but it is FINALLY beginning to look like I want it to!
This is a really bad storm for those living in NJ, DE, NY, CT. Not expecting it to be too bad here, but bad enough. I was wrong about the rain amounts. We aren't expecting a lot in our area. Much more wind than rain.
Genna, that's looking great! You sure made a dent in it. That's a lot of bags of manure and peat. If you use the composted cow manure at a top dressing/mulch every year, that will go a long way to gradually improving the soil. The worms will love it and break it down real well.
Does using something like that work as a mulch to keep down weeds? or do they just thrive in that environment? I had planned to use cypress mulch - but the composted cow manure actually costs less per bag than the mulch ...although i have three pallets of cypress mulch that have been sitting in front of my house since the end of May :( I am looking forward to getting all that distributed and get those pallets gone! Had hoped to have it done already - but not quite there. It seems that cypress mulch breaks down fairly fast too...much faster than I would have thought it would!
My goal was to try to have it all done before time changed this coming weekend...no way am I going to make it!! I will be out of town all weekend, so I just have Mon - Thurs afternoons after work to see what I can finish toward my goal. After that, the work will probably be done in 15- 30 minute increments after work because after that it will be dark :( I really hate it being almost dark when i get home!
I am so happy to finally be making some progress - albeit sllloooooowwwwwww
Prayers for all those in the path of Sandy - looks like it is going to pack a punch!
Genna Nice Job. You should probably start your own compost pile to have some on hand.
It's very windy here also. No rain yet, but, based on the radar we may get some from the remnants of this storm. We could use some rain as I am getting the garden hose drained and prepared for storage. Putting my Plumerias in the garage till this weekend due to the strong winds. I want to spray all the plants before I bring them indoors. Wish I could stay indoors. Off to work I go... LOL!
Hello everyone, Same here---VERY cold and rainy with a touch of snow even:( Went out early this morning to take my son to school and windshield was covered with white slush:( Wind is horrible and rain hitting you feels like someone is throwing tiny rocks at your face:( YUCK!!!!! Wish I could stay at home indoors but it's off to work till 9:00 tonight. Everyone stay safe and warm!!
Mike, I have made attempts at a compost pile with little to no luck! :( My first compost pile was out in a large pasture type area away from our house - out in the full sun... it just quickly became overrun with grass and weeds - no real way to keep it clean. So, a friend of mine suggested digging a hole in my small shady area and start piling my stuff there - which I have done, but I think the squirrels, raccoons, and possums rummage thru my 'compost' and take what they want out of it while scattering the rest! Not much of a 'pile' left when they are finished! LOL... so i have yet to have anything that I can utilize out of my compost. (I guess I need to put a fence around it - although if my suspicions are right - they would just climb over!) I do save all my coffee grounds which add up fairly quickly - and I usually add them directly to an area in my foundation planting, or around some of the other plants that I am trying to build up the soil. For the past several weeks, all coffee grounds and egg shells have been going in to this end area of this foundation planting because the soil there was so bad. I didn't even have much problem with grass or weeds in this area becaus the soil was so pitiful. :( As you can see from the pic above, the nice dark soil is a nice change from what has been being in this area. I figure the coffee grounds and the egg shells will mix well enough that I do not have to wait on them to break down really. Everything else still goes to the pile - to feed the local riff raff I guess. Curious how ya'll handle that type of problem in your compost piles?
I got the 3 double red knockout roses planted in the middle of that section yesterday evening. My husband brought home 4 from work because they had a buy one, get one free sale going on. I also managed to get cardboard and paper down in another part of the bed before he got home, and put out 4 bags of mulch! SLOWWW - at this rate, it will take 20 days just to get out one pallet! Oh well, I just keep plugging and plugging away...thinking eventually I will be able to say it is finished!
I also need to repot some of the DLs that it looks like might have to be in pots over winter. Several of the ones I ended up planting in the ground were in the larger pots - some I have left are still in small 6" pots - and I think they will over winter better in the larger pots. I am going to try my best to get some places lined out for them this week - if not, I guess they will get repotted and placed up next to the house for over wintering...
I don't envy ya'll snowing/icy conditions at all !! We have had a hard frost here the past 3 mornings - and I don't even like that !! I am not ready for winter - but then I NEVER am!
I have a large black compost bid that has a lid on it. I have been making compost for years but the only downside that it takes a long time. Usually takes a good year and a half for material to break down. In the l0 years I have had my composter, I think I have only used its compost 3 times. Mine is in full sun also. I think I may be partially to blame for my lack of getting enough compost though because you are supposed to turn the compost from time to time and I never seem to remember to do that.
Well, I would have had to have had a yard full of black bins to have ever come up with enough compost for the 200 ft of foundation planting that i am working on... but, it would sure be nice to have some going occasionally to help improve beds in the future! I guess I need to request a bin for Christmas... the wildlife might be a little disappointed when they don't have a feast waiting on them though... ^_^ Something was dragging my watermelon rinds about 20 yds this summer and would eat it down to only the skin - guess they didn't like that part... LOL.
I had a small bag of shredded paper from work that I started to till directly into my bed I was working on - just had planned to scatter it on top of the area (it would not have made much of dent because the bag is small and the area is large) and then just tilling it in. Has anyone tried this? I think I read somewhere that the shredded paper would break down pretty fast and help build up the soil - but i couldn't remember for sure if I was right on that so I decided not to add it.
I would like to have one of those bins that just flips from end to end or rolls to make turning what is inside a lot easier.
Yes, I would too Gen. They have the bins on rollers with a handle to turn them. If I ever decide to get another one I would get one of those types. My goal this spring is to get a rain barrel to save on water.
Only getting to 57 here today, very overcast, and we're expecting rain. We fared pretty well at our house during the storm. Only a few brief power outages and one longer one, maybe about an hour or so. The yard is a mess with leaves and branches everywhere, but no trees down.
Genna, yes, the composted cow manure works great as a mulch, and looks great, too. I've used it for several years now, although I never get all the beds done. One, I have too many beds, two, I don't have time, and three, I don't have money to buy enough manure to do all the beds. Keeps the weed seeds from sprouting, but won't keep perennial weeds out (e.g. Bermuda grass and such). No mulch will work for that.
Genna, I have a black plastic compost bin with a lid, like Cindy does, that we got for our kitchen scraps to go in, and that keeps the critters out. The rest of my compost piles, wich are just big piles, for the most part, are all grass clippings, weeds, leaves, etc., so very little critter appeal there. Anyhow, you might want to get a contained bin for your kitchen scraps. Cindy's right, takes a long time for everything to break down, not unless you're willing to put in all the work to keep turning the pile and layering so it breaks down quickly. And if you do the sit and wait technique, you end up with lots of weed seeds, so a top dressing of your soil should be topped off with a weed-free mulch. I have so many piles going that I alway have compost available. I would love to have one of those rolling bins, too.
"Round 2 is a comin," I bet you ""could"" wait?huh, lol.. Power was out Sunday morning here, rolled out of bed to a house dropping to 30 degrees, wake up it said ,that will get ya there in hurry brrr kidoh.
Still "a doin" flower beds , and general cleaning same as always
Oh my, that doesn't sound like a good way to wake up juhur! I am spoiled to my electricity...
The weather was beautiful in Branson this past weekend... down to about 40 - mid 40s at night and up to 70 -75 during the day. We had a good rain at home while I was gone, but we didn't have any where I was at. So my new trees that i have planted got a nice rain - sure they appreciated that.
Had frost again this morning... guess that will about wipe out all the blooms that were still hanging on. :(
they ,the forecasters. are saying we may have a couple of 60 degree days beginning Friday here, I can go for that !!!!low 50's here today, not to bad at all ,little wet though as it rained lat night,
Been mulling around planting a little garlic(wrong thread I know) looking over my new acquisitions ,All my little seeds of BELLE COOK X FRENCH CAVALIER and AUTUMN SOJOURN X SAILING AT DAWN have sprouted and are growing in their grow bags, Might get blooms next year from some of them by their size,growing like the jolly green giant a couple of them!lol
Yes gen;it was different awakening that way, i could pass on that as an electricity lover myself!
and I love it when it rains as I plant my plants, they seem to do so much better when that happens.
Okay nutsfor; How are doing with the storms!! are you still there or did you move to Jersey for a closer look!! Hey I know !!?The power is out now and you won't be able to reply for a while? Man,,, storms of the 21st century huh!? Lets all go back to 1960!! lol
No power outages here so far. Weather has been bad all day. Lots of gusty winds and rain. We're sitting tight. Tomorrow will be a little better. Juhur7, we're going to be getting some 60 degree days this weekend, as well. Looking forward to that.
Today is why people come to fl in the winter. Its simply beautiful and looks like more to come. I just love it when you can go back outside and not get attacked by mosquitos. Lower humidity so you can breath clean clear air. Like anywhere, wont last forever so enjoying while I can. Problem is tho, it is VERY dry. My yard and beds are nothing but sand. Filled all the birdbaths this morning. I had dumped them so the mosquitos didnt breed in them. OO are the birds happy.
I am sitting here with the TV telling me it is sunny and 55... Well it is cloudy , about 46 and drizzling how about that...Only you all know everything on the internet is true also!!lol I think the only thing I ever believed about it all for sure ,is that sliced market bread was introduced in 1935, Only I was not there for the opening of that either.
Electronics are fun ,only as absolutes they are ridiculous!!
Still very stormy weather out there today. Blowing like a son-of-a-gun, raining like crazy. I huge pine tree fell across the road where I was out driving today, and I had to take a detour. Hate being out in this weather, but I have to for my job. In and out of the car. Would have been a good day for staying home.
Juhur7, I looked at the current weather report this morning on my Weather Channel app, and it said foggy and overcast. Ha!!! It was pouring and windy as heck!
I want just one good 'nip'. It makes the oranges so much sweeter. One freeze in Jan or Feb to kill off some of the bugs, and that will do it for me and any more freezing type temps. I love the cool weather so, pretty short lived tho.
Was 27 degrees this morning with lilght frost on the windshield. Rose to 55 degrees and sunny. All garden chores are done. I planted my Iris seed crosses tonight after soaking for 3 weeks. They are in planted in potting soil in plastic shoe box. The shoebox is on the north side of my house and will remain there all winter. Seeds will sprout spring with 55 to 70 degree temp.
Cindy, is it usually cooler there in November? or warmer?
It was 39 this morning at my house with a fairly heavy frost. But, it is supposed to get close to 80 today. I think there is a chance of rain this weekend, but didn't get to listen to the weather last night so not sure when they are calling for that.
It's 50 here right now, and lots of sunshine. Feels so good after the storm of the last 2 days. By Monday we are supposed to hit 60. Will feel like a heatwave, and I may be out in my garden in shorts. I still have not taken out my winter clothes yet, but will be doing it this weekend. Will keep out a few pairs of shorts for gardening, just in case. Have a lot of debris to clean up in the yard right now.
Juhur7, I wish it were that warm here, but it is 60 right now, so I can't complain. I helped out a friend get 35 daylilies planted, and did some weeding for her. Now km going outside to do some mowing before it gets dark.
A minute here doing things ,I mowed yesterday ! one day ahead of the weather ,windy here really windy ,temperature expected to drop to 27 to 30 tonight 65 RIGHT NOW!!! BRR-- IS THAT DROP GOING TO FEEL COLD!!!!
Went from 70° yesterday to estimated 35° for a high today. Did get some work done yesterday. It would have been a great day if the "Bears" had won! A few flurries was spotted this morning after a nice well needed rain yesterday. The leaves have all fallen except for the W/Willow tree. Putting on extra long johns (LOL!) to get some stuff done while I am off today. Hope to make last trip with garden waste to local compost site this Wednesday AM. Pretty much broke off all my dayliliy foliage except the evergreens that are still looking nice. I know some of you leave it there for winter protection. I am going to leave the fall planted ones alone. Mike
Snowed this morning for about an hour, gone ,melted away quick, five minute or so white out about 9 am .rainy, cold temperature dropping , Typical day of last winter, lots of rain and cold,it's fall to winter.
All cold ,humid, and Brrrrr,... side ...us
It was a gorgeous day today. Too bad I was so tired. All I did was mow about half of the back yard. Then I had non-gardening related things I had to do, though it want stuff I wanted to do. Temp is currently 61. We were supposed to get to 65 today. Don't know what the actual high got to, but it sure was nice.
Tonight's low it's supposed to be 56, so my bedroom window will stay open. Tomorrow temps are going down in the afternoon after a morning with a high of 65. We're supposed to get some rain, too. Tomorrow night will be getting down to 30. Brrrr!
41F today, 25 tonight with 44F tomorrow. At least no snow in forecast. Off today and wanted to do some outside work but too cold for me. Bought a Tuff shed from Home Depot that I finished painting to match my house. Had time to paint the inside light green. The wood is raw and can warp if not painted. Bought lumber to make shelves but too cold to paint them. Saved up from plant sales and bought the shed cash. Took 3 years. I don't like to use credit cards unless emergency, which this was not.
If anyone wants to know, it is really a well built shed. It was built on site. It is 8x10 ft.the only size that would fit, though I wanted a larger one but would shade my irises. I ordered 2- 3x3ft windows on the long side and a 2x2 ft window facing west on the short side.
I will love to put it to use in the spring. My other shed is beginning to fall apart. Came with the house. Will take it down and have daylily planting area.
Only in the 40's here today, with a cold north wind. Supposed to get to 47, but doesn't feel too bad in the sun. It's partly cloudy. We got rain yesterday. Started out warm, but then cooled off pretty quickly in the mid morning.
I heard a rumor that we might get some snow on Thanksgiving. Wouldn't be the first time. I remember one Thanksgiving where it was really warm out, around 70 I think. Went with Dad and my dog to Plymouth that day to take a walk. There was still some good fall color out, and I got a lot of nice pics from that day.
Well, it was in the upper 70s here over the weekend. Even made it into the 80s on Saturday, but then the rain front came thru on Sunday afternoon and the temps started dropping. It was 28 Monday morning, and 29 yesterday morning with extremely hard frosts both nights. It was cold the entire night so that will eliminate everything that was left blooming... :(
It was a little better this morning - upper 30s I think - no frost on the windshield.
Blomma, like that shed, it looks very nice. Will you use it as a greenhouse or as a potting shed? or just a storage area?
Cindy, glad to hear your stomach bug was short lived! I HATE stomach viruses... It is always so much better when they leave quickly! I recently read that you could take a spoonful of Dr tichnor's in a glass of water to almost instantly stop a stomach bug - but I have not tried it. I HOPE to remember that if I come down with one this winter! I hate Dr T but I am willing to try it to not be sick!
I spent a good part of the weekend working on putting down cardboard, newspaper and mulch in the large area at the end of my foundation planting that I have been working on. I managed to get the new mulch area, and the old mulch area that had previously ended at the end of my house tied together and mulch around my stepping stones. I am always disappointed at how little it seems that I have accomplished - but this was another 5 hrs of work on top of all that I have already done! I figure I have over 20 hrs of work in just this small area! It would go much faster if I wasn't putting down the cardboard and paper - the mulch goes really fast, but i HOPE it pays off in the long run helping to keep weeds and grass out of the area.
Then I moved the far end of my house where I still have over 60' of bed to do! I managed to get part of this area cardboarded and mulched prior to the rain Sunday afternoon, then I worked on it a little more after work on Monday. I have been hoarding cardboard and newspaper for over 2 yrs in preparation of doing this huge foundation bed, but I am already out of cardboard and very near to running out of newspaper... amazing how much is in there so far! But the worms love it and hopefully in the long haul it will really improve this area.
Cardboard and paper with all that mulching looks like a lot work, I'M sure it will be worth the effort, looks nice now, Will look better still when the fauna establishes and matures More pretties for us all!! (I like old plants)
About 50 here today typical sunny fall day, I had a ground hog come by for a salad ,it was really enjoying all those tender fall green primer leaves for next year from all my flowers.(about the size of a full grown badger with a blonde pelt, kinda pretty fur, But it was hungry)A little to hungry for my liking!!!!)
Brought a couple of more little Daylilies in for under lights and my plant corner, others will stay outside as they are bigger and look healthy enough to take the winter with no problem.Good strong little plants(YEA).
Always nice to come post here and look forward with you all!^_^
Down to the low 30's at night and highs of 60-61 today and all this coming week!
Wish you guys would send us some rain here. We are supposed to have had 8-1/2" by now and only have 5-1/3. So, we are REALLY dry in Rio Rancho. I'll take snow too!
All my buds on AARON'S LITTLE WHOPPER & ISIS UNVEILED froze up last week, so will now have to wait until next year.
Genna I really like your shed AND what you have been doing in your foundation planting. Looks great. I have a TUFF shed too, in a barn type and can really put a lot of stuff in it. I'd like to get another one, but I don't have the room for it.
Mid fifties are predicted now thru thanksgiving. I cut all my remaining scapes off to take any stress off the plants. We are down on rain also. Small chance on Tuesday. I will be watering my recently planted babies the next couple days so that they wont have any excuse not to survive the winter. LOL!
It's 47 out there now, and lots of sunshine. Went for a nice walk with my nephew and a friend and one of my dogs at a huge wildlife management area near me. This was the first time I'd been there. Really liked it.
thanks, I love it. Will be great to use next spring
I will use the shed mainly for garden tools since my other one that came with the house is falling apart. I wanted the windows for seedlings to use until safe to plant outside May 30.
Beautiful day today at 56F degrees. For Thanksgiving, another beautiful day with 52F day, 29F night. On Thanksgiving going to my daughter and son-in-law for turkey dinner. No plans for shopping. Likewise Black Friday. Made that mistake some years ago.
It is a nice day here 60F ,rain tomorrow morning or tonight? Looking forward to family and things for Thanksgiving.
Still learning with the little plants I have, Looks like every one has been enjoying a few nice days.Me too!!!
Looking over all the ideas for house and garden,lots to read through and about here.
The old heirloom Daylilies are mostly dormant now the ones I have put in this fall are still growing some, guess the soil is warmer from added compost..
Yes I 'm thinking about things again!!lol
Karen, looks like a beautiful place for a walk. The lake is very pretty. It was a beautiful weekend here and today as well... in the 70s with beautiful sunshine. Been in mid - upper 30s at night, but has really been pretty during the day. Unfortunately, I spent all day Saturday inside cleaning like a mad woman and cooking! My oldest son and his wife came home - only the third time he has been home since early August 2011 when he started med school. We usually go to his house because of his crazy schedule. So this was the first time I had all my kids HOME since last Christmas... it was nice! His bday is the 24th, and so we celebrated this weekend. He will be going to his inlaws for Thanksgiving and has a test the following week so his weekend will need to be spent studying... so it was really nice to have him home. I cleaned all day and then cooked so that my sister and her husband could join us for supper. Then sunday morning I was back up early again to start baking again for our annual Thanksgiving potluck at our church. Then this morning, back up early AGAIN to take my youngest son to the hospital for gall bladder surgery. I hate that I have not worked in the yard the past 3 days...they have been PERFECT weather for it, but other obligations took priority.
Hopefully, tomorrow afternoon will be pretty and maybe I can get a little more done once I get off work - need to get my new DLs in the ground, and maybe get some more mulch out as well.
Thanks, Mike and Genna. It really was a nice place to walk. The place is over 2000 acres, mostly old cranberry bogs that are going back to nature, so it's very open. Not a good place to walk on a windy day.
Genna, I know what you mean by other things taking priority over garden chores. Happened to me this weekend, too. Got just about no yard work done. Now will have to wait till next weekend.
Overcast with temps in the 40s today. A but chilly.
Question? Are relaxing vacation , boredom , or general as to enjoying nature and searching for late blooming wildflowers. We do have a nice park about that size here ,slightly larger with a shallow lake that is fed by the White River.
Parks like that are still nice hope you enjoy it as much as it sounds like you do.
Oh, I enjoyed it very much. Not a vacation. There are many parks such as these in our area, and I like to go to various ones when I have the time. Don't go so much during the gardening season, as I just don't have the time. Yesterday I was with a client (I work with adults with developmental disabilities), and we decided to go on a nature walk. I like to take my dogs when I can, but I can't bring them when I'm working.
Today is nice weather. Around 50, I think. Mix of sun and clouds. Wish I was off. Oh, well, I'm off tomorrow. Will be cooking the turkey, but will also be getting some yard work done, as well. Need to get some last minute daylilies planted and get some mowing done. Will probably be the last mow of the season, though maybe not. Hoping it will be. Temp is supposed to be 54, and up to 57 on Friday. I'm working Friday, though. Taking someone to a movie, among other things.
60 AGAIN TODAY 64 for tomorrow Happy Thanksgiving to every one and all. That is where I will be this year,with family and relatives.
I know what therapy and working with ability difficulties and injuries are like.Our eldest living family member is a health aid.It is nice to be able to do something for some once in a while besides only having sympathy, Shows your a good person with a hopeful heart!..
Juhur7, the individuals I work with are mostly developmentally disabled, rather than physically, although some have physical disabilities. Some of the folks I work with have Down's Syndrome, some autistic, etc. It takes a certain kind of person to do a job like mine. I find it very rewarding, although it's not what I want to be doing with my life.
Happy Thanksgiving! 53 and sunny here. Feels like spring. Went on a really long walk today. We went to that wildlife management area again. I was walking out there on Jeans and a t-shirt, no jacket, it was that nice.
You've been colder there? I would have thought that part of the country was a bit warmer, but I see that you're in the same zone as I am.
Yes, my job is difficult at times, but thankfully most of the people I work with are pretty high functioning, so it's not bad. I have worked in residential group homes, also, and many of the people in them need a lot more care, and so many who cannot communicate their needs. I found that really tough to deal with. I work better with people who can communicate, especially if they can carry on a conversation.
Anyhow, back to the weather, it was very nice today, pretty much a repeat of yesterday. My bum ankle was really painful to stand/walk on after that really long walk of yesterday. Tomorrow it's going to be colder.
Last night rain came down in wash buckets, today 30mph winds with the temperature dropping like a rock. 28 now and falling fast. it is plain old cold.
Yesterday did nothing all day,,, today usual. I miss the sun and warmth already. The old bones want that summer to return even if it was too hot..
Oh, that is mighty cold! Yes, I yearn for summer when it gets like that. Right now we are 46. Getting to a low of 40 tonight, so not too bad. I still have to dig up my canna tubers before we get a deep freeze and they die on me. They weren't cheap.
Cold here today. Only 40, and there's still a cold west wind. Tomorrow will get to 46, but I don't know what the wind chill will be like. It will be 10-15 mph from WSW. At least the sun will be shining all day.
Some wind 45 now ,weather here sounds about the same as some of yours.. It will be cold later only seasonal as it is. Enjoying the sunshine myself today .
One of these days I will put the batteries back into the digi cam that goes with this system and take a few pics of the winter seedlings. Some look pretty good and the ones outside do not seem bothered much as to 25 degree temperatures.
I just hope I can keep them well till the spring ,,,plants and blooms are so nice now as to yesterdays.(i hate losing any) As to the last sentence the really old heirlooms are nice only their were not that many that "stood out" unless you knew them and looked for them. You all enjoy your day!!
Well, at 4 this morning, I had to take my son who had surgery back to the ER... it was 29 degrees at that point, but thankfully the air was fairly dry. It eventually warmed up during the day to mid 60s probably but it was afternoon before it was comfortable outside!
Didn't get much accomplished today because we were in the ER until 9 and then I came home and crashed until 12... the lack of sleep was really getting to me. Wouldn't have been in such bad shape dealing with the ER in the middle of the night except that my sister, my daughter and I traveled to Little Rock on Thursday evening and did the after thanksgiving shopping. It is an annual tradition, but what used to start at 6 am on Friday morning, now starts at 8 pm on Thursday night... so, I got up about 7;30 thursday morning and didn't go back to bed until 8:30 p.m. on FRIDAY night. Needless to say, I still needed to recover in the sleep dept last night, but that is not the way it worked out... i can barely think so not even sure if what I am typing makes sense! I think I will be going to bed EARLY tonight! :)
IT MADE IT TO 45 here ,and falling now, no wind ,kinda nice really.
Still anticipating possible snow tonight or tomorrow .As long as it is not windy or sleeting outside it is okay .
Winter can get slow , interesting to see what plans are for next year.Ones of many imagination has to keep going and working.
We're supposed to get a bit of snow tomorrow, followed by rain in the evening. Unseasonably cold temps for the rest of the week. I took a walk with my friend Gretchen and my dogs around the bogs across the street. Seemed cold at first, with the wind blowing, but once we got going, we stayed warm enough. For a lot of the walk the wind was blocked by tall trees, so it worked out well. Jerry got a nice bit of running around in.
21 DEGREES HERE This morning 25 when I left the first time. It is 42 now and falling at sunset ,A cold, calm. sunny day.
Suppose to be nice tomorrow and this weekend ,maybe 50 tomorrow and 60's this weekend ,I am really hoping so. !!!
Never did see snow only frost ice and a few drizzles, and that was all right by me!! lol
My son is doing ok I think! He returned to college Sunday night with my daughter. We took his car over to him on Monday evening ... I just didn't think I could drive over there on Sunday without falling asleep! Since he had a ride to college, it wasn't worth the risk. He had his gallbladder removed on the 19th - but had to go back to the ER on the 20th and then again on the 25th because of his diaphragm cramping up! They gave him potassium on the 20th because it was slightly low - and apparently we should have insured that his potassium intake stayed up but we didn't know that we had to be concerned with it. Apparently his body is using more or binding up more of the potassium because of the CO2 gas that they used to pump up his abdomen during the laproscopic surgery... the ER doc suggested that I keep him home until we could see the surgeon, but at the same time said there was nothing that could be done to get rid of the gas except him moving and walking... He had 3 tests scheduled for this week - with one being on Monday morning. He missed that class last monday for the surgery and he didn't feel like he should miss it again. He is a biology major and it is hard to catch up once you get behind. So, we sent him back to school with some ecodrink packets (that are like a multivitamin and contain potassium and other electrolytes), potassium pills, and a stack of bananas! He has only had one slight episode since he has been back and he just started eating bananas and drinking ecodrink and it went away quickly. So, hopefully we have at least learned how to keep it under control. I called the surgeon on Monday and he thought we were doing all the right things - plus, he was on vacation all week so it is a good thing we sent Kyle on back to school!
The weather has been a rollercoaster here. Very cold one morning, then mild the next... it was cool this morning with frost, but it warmed up and is in the upper 70s. I am sure it will drop off quickly once the sun goes down. Speaking of the sun going down, I have some stuff to do outside before it does so I better get busy!
It was 29 this morning, now it is probably mid 70s! It is crazy the swings in temps we are getting, but I am thankful that it is at least warming up during the day! Once the sun goes down the temp starts dropping pretty quickly.
Well, they are calling for highs in the low 70s and mid 80s during the day and lows of only 58 - 60 for the next week or so. So crazy. Yesterday morning it was 29 - this morning probably 30 or so. The plants are going to wonder if winter is over - and we haven't gotten started yet.
58 today and partly cloudy , some of my own creation from pollinating that were planted back in September have sprouted during this cold 7 or 8 days most recent, so you might be correct! The plants are enjoying cool, cold wet weather and might be wondering weather it is spring.
More than likely they are taking advantage after a scorching summer...
That kinda gets me though that some of the seeds sprout and grow faster at 30 degrees most of the time and 20's much of the time, weird by most info!!
Glad he's doing well now, Genna. That's a lot to go through, I'm sure.
That is weird, juhur7. I would think they would sprout when it's a lot warmer.
Genna, I wish I had your weather here now. Been cold here this week, 30s and 40s during the day, 20s at night. Tomorrow's gonna be another cold day, with some rain and snow mixed, then for the next 3 days after that it will be in the mid 50s. Looking forward to having some warmer days. I just don't like the cold at all, but if it didn't get much below the 20s during the night all winter, it wouldn't be too bad.
We got a bit of snow on Tue. and Wed., but it didn't stick. That's more than fine with me!!!!
Saturday thru Monday - 58-61°. Going to get a few things done the next few days. Going to a memorial for a cousin that pass from cancer this evening. Talk about a selfless person. She was it personified. Mike
Oh spring wherefore art thou!!!!
Thanks for the nice comments everyone.Everything went well. I ate my tail off at the repass. (smile) There was a change in the venue due to an electrical issue at the initial place. Saw some old familiar faces.
Got a little rain overnight. Not sure how much, but, every little bit helps. A small chance of some more within the next 48hrs. Planning on digging up some Iris today due to low production this season. That's the only downside to Iris. Have to do this every few years.
At sunset now it's 60 i have been playing, doing chores, enjoying nice temps, My groundhog came for visit and is getting bigger(if it is the same one).
Daylilies that I started earlier are growing like the "so called" crabgrass nice weather for them apparently this is. How about with you all?dormant , growing , seeing anything different?
The drizzle and gray day with the warm temps makes the browns stand out and the greens greener. Coneflowers gone to seed are everywhere more weeding springtime!! Blah LOL
Sorry to hear about your cousin Mike. I am sure she touched many lives... selfless people always have a huge impact! The world would be so much better if everyone was at least a LITTLE selfless...instead of selfish! :)
Weather is odd here - very very warm... almost scary! Could very well turn into tornado weather if a cold front hits. Very warm and very humid. Today is Kyle's bday and he said he was going to wear shorts for his birthday!! ^_^ My daughter, whose bday is next Monday said - we could have a pool party! :) THEY always wanted a pool party for their bdays but very little way to do that in December (in a small town with no indoor pools!). i believe this year they might could have actually pulled it off!
I managed to work some more in my foundation bed - had hoped to finish, but had to take a big part of the day to drive and get the rest of the metal edging for the entire north half of the house. It is now in place. While I was at the nursery, I picked up 9 more firepower nandinas that I needed - that will be all the plants for now. I had left the front edge of the bed open and had planned to plant several hundred daffodil bulbs around the front edge, but we have gotten notice that my husband will probably lose his job in January - so no more plant buying for me. I only bought those few plants and the edging so that we can complete the bed in the event that we have to try to sell our house. I knew no one would want a work in progress...
CIndy, we could sure use some of that rain here! It is still REALLY dry here!! I understand the west coast is getting too much and might have 5 more inches today... :(
Thanks Mike. We are hopeful, but things are not looking good currently. The Firepower Nandina is just to add some winter color. The ones I planted a month or so ago are ruby red currently. They add a nice pop of color as my daughter would say! ^_^ I don't have many of them in the bed, but I have 9 in the large area on the left end of the foundation bed and so I added 6 on the opposite end of the foundation bed to try to tie it all together. It just happens that because of the way the concrete lays, and the difference between it and how the fence is on the opposite end of the house - the anchor part of the bed on the right end is smaller. For instance, on the left end, that I think I posted photos of after the knockout roses were in place... I used 3 knock outs between some other shrubs. On the opposite end, because of the size difference, I only used 1 knockout. Hopefully, the effect of the color will be the same just in a smaller space. On the far right end of the bed, I am also having to work around my septic tank :( - not where I wanted the tank but where the state said it should go... so I just have to deal with it. We have been in the house 9 years, so I had a guy come and pump out the tank. We haven't had any problems with our plumbing, but I just thought since it had been that long and I was about to plant in that area and landscape that it would be best to have it done ahead of time. I "marked" where the cleanout on the tank is with some pieces off of a stake type thing that had gotten bent. It is green plastic coating over some type of aluminum I think... we tried to cut them long enough so they could be easily located in the mulch. Then I am trying to find something decorative to just sit in the bed in that area so that 9 - 10 yrs down the road, it can just be moved out of the way, the mulch pulled back, and the dirt dug away to expose the cleanout without messing up the bed. I haven't found anything to go there though. Suggestions anyone?? A concrete bench would look very out of place. I have considered a birdbath - but not sure how it would look either. I have also considered one of the large pots laying on its side with some small plants inside. If anyone has any great ideas - please let me know. The area that needs to be kept 'open' so to speak is probably about 2' X 2' ...
hemlady You wouldn't enjoy these Cutleaf Coneflowers they take over ,have a short bloom cycle most years,the reason is they keep the bees coming more so than some flowers,and they take the drought and hot summers well,as well as murcky wet fall and winter weather ,something I am sure you are familiar with.How ever if you decide you would like any I would always be happy to send you a small box of roots(Rudbeckia lancinata)
gen2026 A little farther south in AR. it sounds like we have been busy haven't we? Nice thing about the fall and winter weather being warmer,if it brings back dividends in summer.
Rainy gray weather here 50's ,like the rain anyway, I missed it dearly this past summer. The new plantings are delighted also , I am concerned about 50 to 70 degree fall and winter weather and what it may become during summertime. Those 108 degree temps and 115 heat indexes this past summer had been too much!!!
64 degrees here today and down in the lower 30's tonight. It is supposed to drop this weekend, and maybe...hope hope hope a little bit of rain or snow. We have only had less than 1/2" of rain since September 1, so we are really hurting for water. We should have 8-1/2 to 9" of rain so far for the year and only have a little over 5!
We got a very brief rain on Tuesday afternoon... not nearly enough but I guess it is better than nothing. It has been overcast here for the past 5 days - but that is all the moisture we have gotten. It probably lasted less than 30 minutes... :(
IT has been in the 40's here for two days and nights,staying in the 40's and raining , and raining ,and raining, typical wet muddy, yucky, mucky, weather!
True that it is not as bad as snow and ice and it does not feel bad either.
Well, it has been in the high 70s here or even low 80s for the past few weeks - getting warmer and warmer... now, winter has decided to pay us a visit! a front came thru yesterday which brought a little rain - a lot in some places I think but not at my house... now it is supposed to be 27 tonight! Night before last it was 60 I think !! Crazy - we keep going from AC to heat - then back to AC ... supposed to have a high of 40 for the next several days and lows in the 20s.
I should have mentioned that my pic is from the 25" that we got in 2011. We haven't had any snow for 281 days now. We had flurries but, they consider measurable snow above 1/10 of an inch. Expecting rain on Saturday. Mid thirties today.
We have had at least 3 days in a row of beautiful blue skies and 40 degree weather. Supposed to be in the 50's by Sunday. I am not complaining but it just doesn't seem like winter. I hope we have a white Christmas.
Rainy cool day here after yesterdays sunny 58 , two days before that rain , still a little behind average here but it is saturated and wet all the time now.
There has been a many a bad name for N.M .from the Conquistadors to the Old West to today,The last time I was there it was a cool ,sunny , 116 degrees out in the sand desert , Now it has been getting 116 here as this past summer,it followed me home?
Maybe I should plan a vacation to N.M. Lots of historical places and a National Park or two . Maybe all this rain would follow me back , Maybe? LOL
I would imagine you are now,,; about like us this past summer ,It did not rain enough to fill a glass for two months , Besides it was H..O..T..!!!
Been hot then cold, then warmed back up...now cool again! Everyone I know is sick! LOL... it doesn't have a clue whether it wants to be summer or winter here!
Linda, glad to hear you are getting some moisture! We have had a tiny bit of rain over the weekend, but only enough to dampen the ground, not really even measure. We are way below normal on rainfall too. Didn't get our fall rains in the fall of 2011, or spring rains of 2012...or fall rains this fall. It is so dry here! thankfully we have had tiny amounts this fall - but we are still several inches below normal. I bought one of my son's a pair of rainboots for Christmas... he is in medical school and has to park a very long way away from the university. He is sometimes able to catch a shuttle - but sometimes he has to walk. So in the event that it ever rains, I figure that will be the day he has to walk...so I got him some boots for Christmas HOPING that will make it rain some! :) I got a pair myself last year for Christmas and I think I got to wear them a few times last winter...
We got rain coming tonight and turning to snow tomorrow. They are predicting 1-4 inches for our immediate area. 50mph winds also expected for tomorrow. Should be fun. White christmas? Maybe!
Cindy, I don't know what your forecast is but, I am guessing that from the look of things you might get some rain at least. Wisconsin is bracing for over a foot of snow. Governor already declared a state of emergency there. Raining here right now. I know the daylilies are happy right now. Over one inch of rain expected as the temp drop from mid forties to thirties this evening. Heard from Tom Skilling our weatherman here that a bigger one might be coming next week.
Weather here is like all of yours ,rain now, windy ,only it is 51 with 57 for a high? 1 inch of snow for tonight ,I will believe it when I see it.. 35 to 50 mph winds make that cold though ( a real cool time ) lol
When the temps drop to 20 tonight ,,,i will...
Lets see the name of this thread is what??? How is the weather where you live??? Well in one word---HORRIBLE!!!! sooooo cold , not a lot of snow but wet snow, and the worst of it all is the WIND!!! Old Mr. Wind is giving us quite the run for our money today!!! House is over 100 years old and furnace cannot keep up!! Everyone in extra socks, hoodies, & blankets!!! Windchimes that get left out all year cuz they are up close to the house are getting blown around like crazy !!! Our poor pup(actually not a pup--will be 7 in May) does not even want to go out and she LOVES outdoors(110 lb. chocolate lab)--have to coax her with a treat to go out and believe you me, she doesn't hang out long!!!! Wants right back in to hang out on my sons bed!!!! Even she wants to hibernate right now!!! Hope all is well with everyone!! Shirley
Cynthia we did not get much snow--can see the grass poking through!!-- but because it was wet the roads are icy in areas and on my way to work (in frankenmuth) the open field areas were are blown over and there were patches where the snow would actually hit the bottom of the van just cuz it was blown in drifts in small areas. Most of snow gone from roads on way home tonight and wind not nearly as bad as was this morning! I DO NOT like driving in rain,snow, & wind--hubby took me to work and picked me up so I didn't have to drive today!
I sure don't like driving in snow either, although I must say, I hope we get a lot this winter only because of the drought. We are way behind in the necessary water needed in the ground. My sister has a cottage across the road from Lake Huron and the lake has receded back at least 50 yards because of lack of rain this past summer. She no longer has a beach. I feel sorry for those residents that live on the Lake side and no longer have a beach because the Lake is so down. We need a lot of precipitation to bring Lake levels back to normal.
Well we had one 45-50 mph winds Thursday night that really reaked havoc - took my gas grill and slammed it across my porch and then down my back steps...it is pretty bent up and will have to be worked o. To try to get it back to normal :( ... It was in the upper 70s yesterday and today and they r calling for possibly 3" of snow tomorrow!! I think the temp might be in for a sudden change! Merry Christmas everyone ! I hope everyone has a blessed day!
Were awaiting a good size winter storm this evening and, or tomorrow 5 to 9 inches of snow or so! I will have to leave the family early tonight to be home for the storms, Love the get together but,, would not want to stay snowed in with them..
Merry Christmas to all. It was 5 last night onmy way to work last night but had warmed up to 12 by the time I headed for home. Sure hope it doesn't get colder. It would seem that the snow is here to stay until Spring.
Been absent from this thread for awhile. I feel bad for anyone who's having freezing weather and snow now. We've been lucky so far and have been getting pretty mild weather for this time of year. Very little snow, and mostly it's been mixed with rain. Raining now, and supposed to be snow later tonight, but won't be sticking much, if at all, as it's getting to 50 tomorrow with rain. Friday will be back down in the 30's during the day, and pretty much more like normal temps for this time of year in the 10 day forecast. Brrrrr!!!! Not much snow predicted, though.
Mike, I've been enjoying the flowers you've been posting. Here's a pic from warmer days. Waiting for their return.
Karen nice pic and cute dogs also. I was just throwing in a few white ones to go with the long awaited snow. So far, Little Rock, AK - 9" yesterday. Chicagoland so far, less than 1" for the season. Who could have predicted that!!
I know Mike, it was crazy huh? What the weather forecaster probably didn't tell you is that it was 78 degrees here on Christmas eve!!! Then snowing on Christmas day! We were about an hour from home when the snow started - I was thinking there was NO way it would stick to the roads since it has been so warm for the most part... but boy was I wrong. We drove thru close to 6" on snow on the way across town from my SIL's headed home... it took almost 30 minutes to make a drive that was probably 10 or less on most days. Then it was a 2.5 hrs drive home in what is usually one or less. They got about 10" of snow in the area where we were, but by the time we made it home our roads within a few miles of our home were clear. We only had about 3" of snow where I live, and thankfully no downed power lines etc. My son lives in Little Rock, and they have 10"+ and no power... have said it might be a week or more before all power is restored. HOPEFULLY his will not be that long because they live near several businesses and i know they focus on getting the businesses restored first. It is the first time in my life I remember it snowing ON Christmas day. I was born in 63 in a snow storm that had dropped over a foot of snow, and it was definitely a white Christmas but it didn't snow on Christmas day. They said they last time it snowed in Little Rock on Christmas day was 1924 I believe...
Will be a Christmas that everyone remembers for sure!
Belated Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!
Wow! Can't believe all the snow you guys have gotten, especially in AR! Wow!...and WOW!
We are due for some snow tomorrow. They said rain turning to snow in evening on the coast and the cape. Where I am, we might just get up to 6". We are cold, cold, COLD! Got to 37 today, with a cold wind. 33 for a high predicted for tomorrow. Mild temp for the winter have gone out the window. Next 10 day forecast shows 30s for the day and 20s at night. I have my frowny face on. :-(
Karen, fix that face! LOL! We have teens coming next week for a high. We have been over freezing for a high for a long time. It has been many years ago that we have done that according to the weather lady. Some small flakes coming down right now. Driveway is slightly covered.