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Re: But it's a DRY heat...

109 here right now!  Toooooo hot!  My poor hydrangea is just crisp.


Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
> I was just looking at weather.com's map of the US. Wow it is just a sea of
> red. 
> It's only 103 here at the moment, practically not worth speaking of. However
> things inside are a little different. Usually it's about 65, which I gripe
> about continually, but now the AC is broken. So...at the moment it's pretty
> comfy...but I'm hoping they fix it by tomorrow. 
> Cyndi  
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of Theresa W.
> Sent: Monday, July 17, 2006 1:37 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] But it's a DRY heat...
> You win Cyndi- we only made it to 105 both days.  We were supposed to be the
> same today, but I just noticed they revised our forcast to be 108.  
> Great!  I'm inside to stay for the rest of the day.  Sounds like you need to
> buy a second wading pool so you and the dog can both cool off at the same
> time.  I'm sure you are as dry there as we are- at 9% humidity
> yesterday- small wonder everything is catching on fire.  I've watered and
> everything is adequately damp, but the poor plants can't keep up trying to
> replace the water evaporating out of their leaves faster than roots and suck
> up more to replace it.  Everything is a little crispy on the edges, except
> those things in full shade.  Stay cool and definitely skip the jam making
> today!!
> Theresa
> Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>> I didn't get a lot done outside this weekend, that's for sure. It was 
>> 109 on Saturday and 105 on Sunday. We're not supposed to get out of 
>> the 100s all week. My lab spent quite a lot of time lounging in his 
>> wading pool, I almost kicked him out of it so we could use it 
>> ourselves. Times like this I miss having a pool but I still don't miss the
> maintenance.
>> I did get out and check a lot of the watering, I thought some of the 
>> stuff was looking kind of wilted. I use those "leaky" hoses for my 
>> vegetable garden and they have a tendency to split as the season goes 
>> on.  Plus every now and again a critter bites through looking for 
>> water. I did find one hole so I just wrapped it with tape and I'll 
>> replace it next season. But the plants looked a little wilted not 
>> because of non-water but because it was a million degrees out there. I 
>> gave them all an extra soaking and that will have to do for now.
>> The japanese garden seems to be getting hit a bit harder than the 
>> rest. I have some woolly thyme that is starting to die back and I'm 
>> not sure if it's the heat or not. There's another clump that gets more 
>> shade and it looks better, but you never know there might be other 
>> reasons for it. The liriope look a little stressed too. The japanese 
>> maple, poor thing, is definitely suffering - it was an experiment for 
>> this area so I don't have great expectations for it, but it's lasted 
>> so far. The hakon(whatever) grass is mostly hanging in there, one 
>> clump is definitely getting too much sun but the other two look pretty
> good.
>> I tied up the tomato vines too; the @#%% squirrels are climbing up the 
>> cages and breaking the vines.  I can't get rid of the squirrels but 
>> hopefully this will stop the breakage, and maybe provide more protection
> for the tomatoes.
>> Speaking of the !*#% squirrels, something took off with the only lemon 
>> on my lemon tree. I'm ticked. I'm determined to have lemons but I 
>> don't seem to have the knack for growing them in pots. This particular 
>> tree is 3 years old (I've killed a few others) and this year, for the 
>> first time, I had a lemon grow to get bigger than a quarter.  It was 
>> at least golf-ball sized when something chewed it off. Well...maybe next
> year.
>> I also went hiking very early Saturday morning, my friend I go with 
>> has been enthusing about our trips so we had a group this time. 5 
>> people and 7 dogs, and we weren't the only ones up there. As more of 
>> the hills get flattened for subdivisions the area that's left is getting
> pretty crowded.
>> And I picked almost all the plums, got maybe 6 pounds or so. Not sure 
>> what I want to do with them - can't stand to be in the kitchen unless 
>> we turn on the real AC (not just the swamp cooler), but that really 
>> jacks up the electric bill, so making jam isn't high on my list. Maybe 
>> it's back to my old standby of fruit leather.
>> Cyndi
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