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Re: annuals in hot weather


My cosmos bloom in mid-summer to late fall.  We have hot days in the
90s-100 but lots of humidity.  I find that I have to keep deadheading the
cosmos to keep it going.


> [Original Message]
> From: <sundrops@earthlink.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 7/17/2006 2:07:35 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] annuals in hot weather
>
> Theresa and Pam, thanks for info.  Especially interested in your Cosmos 
> report of coming back again once it got cooler.  So far mine have died
after 
> the heat, but perhaps had not gotten enough water earlier as the ones I
just 
> removed did not have good root systems.  I'm pretty sure my scabiosa will 
> bloom more, have just deadheaded it --
> --Barb, Grass Valley CA
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Pam Evans" <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2006 5:25 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] annuals in hot weather
>
>
> > My scabiosas bloom less in summer than in spring and fall, but they do 
> > bloom
> > if deadheaded.  Cosmos bloom sporadically in summer but perk up again
once
> > it gets back under 100 during the day and back to 70 at night.  Ditto
on 
> > the
> > deadheading.  The blue daze and Madagascar periwinkles do just fine all
> > summer as do zinnias.  I still have one Texas bluebonnet blooming but
it's
> > about to bite the dust, which is normal.  Most of them croaked a month 
> > ago.
> > Oh and portulaca does great as well in the hot weather.  Anything that
can
> > stay alive this summer is a real trooper, believe me.
> > Back out to move the hose.....
> > Sorry about your fountain Theresa, that really stinks!
> >
> >
> > On 7/16/06, Theresa W. <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> >>
> >> I don't have many annuals actually.  I have grown Cosmos in the past,
> >> but can't recall it's bloom pattern.;  My blue scabiosa does rebloom
> >> throughout summer.  I just keep deadheading it.  It is in the shade of
> >> my lemon tree by noon and afterwards, so wonder if this makes a
> >> difference.
> >>
> >> Theresa
> >>
> >> sundrops@earthlink.net wrote:
> >> > Theresa (or others of you where it is hot for many days in a row) --
> >> > do you
> >> > grow annuals?  I am specifically thinking of Cosmos, one of my
> >> > favorites.  I
> >> > recently read that the roots of Cosmos stop growing when the flowers
> >> > start
> >> > blooming and also that it basically goes dormant in hot weather (over
> >> > 92-95
> >> > by my experience).  Also wondering if this is happening with my 
> >> > Scabiosa
> >> > (blue ones) which have stopped blooming -- wondering if they will
have
> >> > another flush of bloom when it gets cooler --  My zinnias on the
other
> >> > hand
> >> > do very well.  Maybe they are more adapted to the dry heat, and the
> >> > cosmos
> >> > would prefer more humidity?
> >> > --Barb Tandy, Grass Valley CA where it is about 100
> >> > ----- Original Message ----- From: "Theresa W." 
> >> > <tchessie1@sbcglobal.net
> >> >
> >> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> > Sent: Sunday, July 16, 2006 4:03 PM
> >> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bird bath/gate project
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >> How nice for you to share the cardinals afternoon spa!
> >> >> Unfortunately, my
> >> >> fountain birdbath ran dry while I was recovering from my surgery and
> >> now
> >> >> no longer is a fountain.  I'm hoping it is just the pump that got 
> >> >> fried
> >> >> and that I will be able to buy a replacement (I haven't looked
> >> yet).  It
> >> >> would really (*&*%&) if something happened to the solar panel, which
> >> I'm
> >> >> sure will be more expensive to replace.  It is roasting here- 105
and
> >> >> supposed to be the same for the next 3 days.  I've had the mister on
> >> the
> >> >> back porch on all afternoon yesterday and today.  I did actually go
> >> >> outside for a couple of hours and redid the inside part of the small
> >> >> gate
> >> >> off my new patio.  I put lattice into the frame and then took the
> >> >> regular
> >> >> fence boards off the outside.   I didn't put the lattice on the 
> >> >> outside
> >> >> yet (so it still looks unfinished)- but I was hot, tired, and the
> >> >> battery
> >> >> for my circular saw was out of juice also.  Just as well- it was
time
> >> to
> >> >> cool off.  It will look so much better when I'm finished.  I'll put
up
> >> >> pics once it is final.  Also, some morning I'll get outside to take
a
> >> >> picture of one of my crinum flowers before the heat cooks it!
> >> >>
> >> >> Theresa
> >> >>
> >> >> james singer wrote:
> >> >>> The mister system in my lath house includes, among other things, a
> >> >>> dripline that refreshes a wall-mounted birdbath on the back patio
> >> >>> fence.
> >> >>> The mister system fires off three times a day--on a Dr Pepper
> >> >>> schedule of
> >> >>> 10, 2, and 4--for 15 minutes each time. Mr Cardinal has used this 
> >> >>> bath
> >> >>> often. Today, for the 2 PM refreshment, he brought Mrs Cardinal.
I've
> >> >>> never seen them together at the birdbath before.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> It's a small birdbath. She went first, and when she was
sufficiently
> >> >>> wet,
> >> >>> he took his turn. She dried herself with the customary ruffles and
> >> >>> flourishes, then dropped to the basil pot beneath the birdbath and
> >> >>> feasted on basil seeds. Mr Cardinal meantime sat on top of the
fence
> >> >>> and
> >> >>> dried himself.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> When he seemed to be over with his drying and preening routine, he
> >> >>> chirped at her in that unmelodic cardinal chirp, and they flew
away.
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Island Jim
> >> >>> Southwest Florida
> >> >>> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> >> >>> Hardiness Zone 10
> >> >>> Heat Zone 10
> >> >>> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >> >>> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
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> > -- 
> > Pam Evans
> > Kemp TX
> > zone 8A
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