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Re: Re: back to gardening.....


Kitty,

What a perfect thought!

Josh Haskell




----- Original Message ----- From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Re: back to gardening.....


Nothing's perfect here - and that's just how I like it!
My garden is a comfortable place, undemanding. Things get done because I want to do them, not because they must get done.

Kitty
neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2006 12:51 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Re: back to gardening.....


Donna.....your point is??? Sure sounds like a normal year to me. LOL We
always have weather changes on an instant, things always bloom at odd times,
and flop over. Plants will go through two or three cycles during a year.
Spring bloomers often bloom again in the fall, especially after a bit of cooler
weather, and then heat again. The deciduous trees are regulated by
shortness of day, not temp....so even when it is 98 degrees...if it's fall the
leaves change color and drop. Things can often look stressed....either from too
much water, not enough, or too much heat. Just depends what we had too much
of. LOL After a while it perks up again. Other than that, we have a ton
of butterflies, ton of dragon flies, lots of hummers and birds, and clear
ponds. Not sure why that is.....often wondered. Especially after a good
thunderstorm, and then the sun comes out......clearest pond you can ask for.

There was an article in our paper not too long ago. The column is called
Lazy Gardener. She wrote about how people in the south are more relaxed about
gardening. She was so excited to have her sister come visit from up north.
She was thrilled that her garden was in full bloom.....but instead of
noticing the blooms and the lush growth, she noticed that things were not "perfect",
the plants had caterpillar damage, some had droopy foliage, and others
leaned. Such is life of gardens here......but as long as it blooms up a storm
and attracts lots of birds, butterflies, etc. we are happy. You learn quick to
give up on having it look "perfect" and just enjoy.

Welcome to our world.....
Noreen
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 8/15/2006 11:03:02 AM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I am sure all of you who garden in the south are used to this, but I am
worried.... again.

I have had extreme wet- hot- and dry weather most of the growing season. No
happy medium, always severe, always instant changes.

My wisteria is blooming for the THIRD time this year? Currently doing it
again- this is August.

One of my honeysuckle is seeding... I dont' ever remember it doing that!

Timing is way off for blooming on most plants. Somethings should be done
and still plugging along, others bloom for a day and are gone. Every
tree looks stressed, some are seeding at unreal amounts, others are
turning fall colors. fruit trees that did produce had a bumper crop, but
the fruit didn't mature right. Was a couple weeks away from being ready
to pick (did take a couple samples just incase) but rotted before
maturing..... Plants are floppying over.. they never do that here.


Birds... there are a zillion of them in the yard. Those darn black birds
are back and attempting to eat me out of house and home and keeping my
singing birds at bay. I have always had a few hummers come thru, but the
other morning there had to be a couple dozen. I have never seen that
many here before at least at one time. Guessing they are flying together
on their way somewhere. Doesn't seem like it is the right time for
them... they should have been here earlier.


Some critter ate a whole in the top of the bird seed garbage can (where
I store the bags of seed). Huge hole and devored almost all of the
seed.. someone is going to have a belly ache today after eating close to
30 gallons of seed... LOL!


My pond is the clearest it has ever been and I would have thought with the
flex of weather I would have had issues.

So how did everyone elses garden fair this year?

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