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Re: Crazy season

good show Auralie!  whacky timing on the power outage huh?

On 6/7/10, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> Just another round in this yoyo season.  After a very hot and humid three
> days for our flower show - reaching upper 90s on Saturday and heading that
> way Sunday, a storm system blew through, and today we are in the mid 60s.
> Our show was to close at 3:00 PM - we have to close it then because we
> must be knocked down and out of the house by 4:00.  A crowd was standing
> gathered - why do people always come in just at closing time? - and I was
> watching the clock to announce closing in about two minutes, when the
> lights
> went out!  My first thought was that another person was warning that it was
> closing time, but then I realized the lights were out all over the house
> except
> for the emergency exit lights.  This created no real problem, as there are
> lots of windows and French doors, so we proceeded to take the show apart.
> Then someone remembered that the gates to the park were electronically
> operated, and we might be shut in.  Well, that problem was somehow solved
> by the park staff andwe managed to get everything cleared away by
> 3:55.Whew!
> I can't resist a bit of boasting.  My little club is down to 9 active
> members, but we put on a lovely Standard Flower Show, including 103
> horticulture
> entries, of which 51 were blue ribbon winners. Of course some entries were
> from
> non-members, both horticulture and design, but still...
> Auralie
> In a message dated 6/2/2010 11:14:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> sundrops@earthlink.net writes:
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI"
> >> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> >> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> >> Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 3:24 PM
> >> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Crazy season
> >>
> >>
> >>>I wonder if the whole year will be unsettled? Hopefully you will get
> >>> some rain. I think we are finally going into summer here. It is in
> > the
> >>> 80s now, we had some overcast that is mostly gone, and still windier
> >>> than usual. Everyone is complaining about the wind.
> >>> We spent Memorial Day weekend doing our volunteer stint in the
> >> mountains
> >>> with the horses. It is still cold enough at 7500' feet to have snow
> >> here
> >>> and there; we spent almost a whole day with axes, shovels and saws
> >>> clearing snow, ice and avalanche debris off a 6 foot section of trail
> >> so
> >>> the horses could get through. We couldn't do anything about the
> >>> multi-ton boulder but there's still room to pass. I am so grateful to
> >>> the trail crews that spent the last three weekends on the other
> >> hundred
> >>> yards of trail, the damage was truly awe-inspiring. Glad I wasn't
> >> there
> >>> when the avalanche happened!
> >>> In my vegetable garden I think I picked the last of the peas last
> >> night,
> >>> I don't see any flowers left. I'm still picking lettuce and spinach
> >> but
> >>> it will be quite some time before we have anything else, even the
> >>> zucchini plants are still fairly small. But all is growing nicely
> > just
> >>> need to keep the gophers away. The coreopsis and gaillardia burst
> > into
> >>> bloom while we were away, very cheerful to see. My Chrysler Imperial
> >>> rose has finally decided to live, it is growing well and blooming
> >>> heavily at the moment. Almost all the wildflowers are gone to seed
> >>> although I have a few nice displays in the dry garden.
> >>> Our local u-pick cherry orchards claim they will be opening in two
> >>> weeks. I'm eager to make preserves this year; I didn't put up a
> > single
> >>> jar of anything last year and I really missed it. I may start with
> >> rose
> >>> jelly this coming weekend if I still have enough roses.
> >>>
> >>> Cyndi
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> -----Original Message-----
> >>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> >>> Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
> >>> Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:25 AM
> >>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >>> Subject: [CHAT] Crazy season
> >>>
> >>> What a weird season we've been having.  Three separate spells
> >>> of 90 degree heat, starting in April, the first two followed by
> >> frosts,
> >>> and the latest by a cooler spell.  Despite a lot of cloudy and
> >>> overcast days, we haven't had nearly enough rain.  It's very dry
> >>> here, and this afternoon is just another example of the craziness.
> >>> Within the past hour we have had a heavy thunder storm with pelting
> >>> rain for perhaps ten minutes.  Now the sun is shining brightly again
> >>> and the sky is blue.
> >>> Everything has bloomed out of its usual pattern.  I have a flowershow
> >>> coming up this weekend, and had counted on having peonies both as
> >>> horticulture exhibits, and as material for a mass arrangement I have
> >>> signed up for.  Well, my peonies began to bloom nearly three weeks
> >>> ago, and are just about past.  Today's brief rainstorm probably took
> >>> the last of them.  Don't know what we'll have for the flower show -
> >> all
> >>> my members are having the same complaint.
> >>> Many things have been more than usually floriferous.  In my garden I
> >>> enjoy several wild plants that most people call weeds.  I have had
> >> great
> >>> displays of Dame's Rocket, and masses of the native Columbine
> >>> (Aquilegia canadensis).  Just now the milkweeds are making a handsome
> >>> border beside the big boulder.  Most people consider them weeds, but
> > I
> >>> love them.
> >>> One observation - though almost everything else has bloomed
> >> splendidly,
> >>> if
> >>> out of it's usual pattern, the native dogwood, Cornus florida,
> > bloomed
> >>> very
> >>> poorly.  Not just mine, but throughout the woods, and others are also
> >>> complaining.  However,  coming along a couple of weeks later, the
> >> Kousa
> >>> dogwoods are as splendid as I can ever remember.  Does that mean our
> >>> climate has become more like Korea?
> >>> Hope everyone had a healthy and happy Memorial Day weekend.
> >>> Auralie
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