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RE: sales now rain

The worst of the last storm you sent this way went a little north of my
location (20 miles or so.)  When it comes, it comes in sheets.  There are
split trees everywhere due to either wind or lightening.  Fortunately it is
wet enough the lightening hasn't sparked any ground fire.

Some of my plants are also confused.  (I will have to recheck my poppy
plant.)  As long as they come back for me next year, I won't complain.  It
gives me a longer bloom season.  Oddly enough, my black-eyed-susans are
dwarf size this year, not growing taller than 18".  What is up with that?
The coneflowers are nearly 4' tall this year in comparison.  I won't even
mention the health and the speed of the weeds in my beds!  I've never seen a
healthier crop.  And of course fighting rust and powdery mildew is not much
fun, in addition to Japanese Beetles.  The odd thing is that even their
season seems to have been modified.  We had a problem with them for about a
week, but now they seem to be gone.


Bonnie (SW OH-zone 5)  

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna 
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2003 10:19 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] sales now rain

Well Bonnie, I feel lucky that we have not flooded inside the house yet.
The back of my yard is under water at the moment... but it has been
storming on and off all day. We got another 6 inch easy here... ok, I
dumped the rain gage this am and it overflowed by tonight.. so?!?

Earlier this season we had damage by what they called a microburst, I
called it a tornado... but no lives were hurt, and material things can
be replaced.

Now my plants are either jumping for joy or dieing here. It looks like a
jungle out there. Interesting tho- the foliage is unreal but lack of
flowers? Not to mention we went thru that heat spell then cooled off,
now back to heat and humidity. Guessing my plants thought it was spring
or something. Columbine flowering end of July... the poppies are now
flowering again upshots from the ground with the dead foliage and brown
seed pods ... Just weird seeing spring and late summer plants blooming

Another interesting sighting today, at my mothers house she is has
loosestrife (no lectures please, I keep killing it off and it returns)
the JB's are eating it! I couldn't decide if I wanted to destroy the JB
or let them have it and maybe kill off the plant for good.... I didn't
think anything ate loosestrife! Found this interesting.


> Donna, we got the rubber raft in the garage all ready for an emergency
> escape, paddles, trolling motor and all. LOL!!!  We have been lucky
> thus far to sit above most of the collecting rain (except on the
> line
> at the east end of the house where we regularly get a small stream
when it
> rains. :>D)  Maybe we'll meet somewhere along the Ohio river or headed
> down
> the Mississippi?
> Blessings,
> Bonnie

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