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Re: Turn off the wind!
  • Subject: Re: Turn off the wind!
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 10:05:10 -0400 (EDT)

Wind hasn't been the problem, but we've gone from quite chilly early in  the
week - down into the 30s at night - to a sudden heat wave.  It's 81 at  
9:00 AM
and predicted to be upper 90s before the day is over.  Crazy!
At least everything that can bloom is blooming.  The only thing in my  yard 
hasn't performed magnificently this spring is the tree peony which usually  
at least three or four blooms - none this year though the plant looks  
What is magnificent are the so-called weeds I encourage.  My yard  right now
is a mass of Dame's Rocket  There is more than usual because I was not  able
to do the usual fall clean-up thanks to Hurricane Sandy followed by Chet's  
and the ensuing medical visits.  Also, the perennial yellow foxglove  
ambigua) is already coming into bloom, earlier than usual.   Many people 
here call this a weed, too, because it self-seeds, but I love it. It grows  
well in 
shady places, and the deer don't eat it, so what's not to like?  I  think 
the spikes
of yellow flowers that line the boulders beside my house look like  candles.
We had to have the so-called lawn mowed, but I put it off as long as  
because it was such a blanket of violets - several kinds but most  
a creamy white one that was given me years ago as an "English"  violet.  It 
makes a viny clump about 8 inches high and wide and has many blooms.   Also
mowing meant cutting down the blanket of blooming Ajuga that carpets the 
lower part of the backyard beside the pond.  People have asked me how  to 
rid of violets in their lawns, but I think they are prettier than just  
grass. Oh well,
I know I'm a bit odd in my tastes, anyway
In a message dated 5/30/2013 1:09:15 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
cathycrc@comcast.net writes:

I can  identify with wind issues (probably why I cannot grow Eastern   
Hemlock successfully). But we are dealing with RAIN. I may never get   
my beans (green and soy) planted... the soil is just too wet. The   
weeds are going crazy, and I am having trouble keeping up. Saw deer   
track in my perennial bed today and definite evidence of their  removal  
of the tops of Lilium michiganensis (sigh).  Where are  the mountain  
lion and wolves when you really need them?
Cathy,  west central IL, z5b

On May 28, 2013, at 5:08 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com  wrote:

> Three days of rain here - followed by a sunny but cold day  yesterday  
> - not
> out of the low
> 50s.  Today  it is a bit milder - 64, but again rainy.  We needed   
>  some rain
> but not this
> much - over six inches in the past  week.  And it  has been in the  
> low 40s
> each  night -
> not our usual spring weather. Crazy!
> I set out  some tomato plants yesterday even though it was so cool -  
> I  hope
> they have
> been hardened off enough.  I have peas up,  but don't dare plant  
> beans  or
> squash yet.
>  The ground is just not warm enough.
> I have ordered Caladium  bulbs from a Florida wholesaler, and they came
> Friday.   Most
> years they don't ship until after Memorial Day, so I was  surprised  
> to get
> them.  I don't
> dare put  them in the ground yet, for I know they don't like this  
> much  cold
> and wet.
> I get these every year for my garden club and  other friends.  I've   
> always
> had  great
> success with them.
>  Auralie
> In a message dated 5/28/2013 5:49:10  P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,   
> gardenquee
>  n@gmail.com writes:
> windy  here too.  I need to burn  but can't w/ this wind.
> On Tue, May  28, 2013 at  3:19 PM, Zemuly <zemuly@comcast.net> wrote:
>>  The  weather here was ideal over the long weekend. It's supposed  to
>> remain  that way until rain is predicted for Thursday. I  have no
>> complaints.
>> Sent from  my iPhone
>> On May  28, 2013, at 1:35 PM, "Johnson,  Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 412
>>  <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
>>> We're  having  yet another wind event, this office is in a   
>>> manufactured
>>> building  and it's creaking  and groaning all around me. They're  
>>>  saying
>>> gusts up to 70mph.  I am so tired of wind. I don't  even know if
> there's
>>> more or less than previous years,  I just know I'd really  like it to
>>> stop. There's dust  everywhere inside, sand piles up in  corners  
>>>  outside,
>>> my patio plants are tattered...argh. Someone   turn off the fan  
>>> please.
>>> I meant to get  the roses deadheaded this  weekend but that didn't
>  happen,
>>> I lost momentum after stepping on  a gopher snake  in the garage.  I
> think
>>> most of you are   Facebook friends so you can read about it if you
>  haven't
>>> already.  I'm really glad we have never seen a  rattler at my  
>>> house.  My
>>> friend at  work asked where was my husband in all this? Well, he   was
>>> loafing in the air chair in the backyard. After I shooed  the   
>>> snake out
> I
>>> walked  back there, all frazzled, and he looks up and  says "Was   
>>> that you
>>> screaming?". I love him dearly but  that was  definitely a husband  
>>>  Fail.
>>> :-)
>>> Went into the  vegetable garden  Monday morning and the biggest  
>>> tomato
>>>  plant - 3  feet tall - was completely wilted. A gopher came  up
>>> underneath,  ate all the roots and six inches of the  stem. In 20+  
>>> years
>>> of  gardening I  have never seen that.  They do a lot of damage but
>  never
>>> tomatoes! Husband set a trap and got him, I dug up  a  volunteer  
>>> tomato
>>> out of a spot  I haven't weeded yet and  replanted, but I don't  
>>>  know if
>>> replanting was worth it or  not.  So far  we've dispatched six  
>>> rabbits,
>>> eight  ground  squirrels and five gophers and it's not even June.   
>>> It's
>>> just  astonishing how much damage  the critters are doing this  
>>> year, we
>>>  are just not used to needing so much protection. I lost all the
>  lettuce,
>>> most of the peas, half the beans, all the cilantro,  four  tomato  
>>> plants
>>> so far; I've  given up weeding near the melons,  cucumbers and  
>>>  zucchini
>>> hoping the critters will not be able to  find  the plants among the
> weeds.
>>> On the plus side the corn  looks  pretty good and there are still 14
>>> tomato plants  left. Picked the  first zucchini on Sunday too. I  
>>>  haven't
>>> pulled back the row cover  over the peppers but I  peeked and they  
>>> seem
>>> okay, I'll need  to  get in there to weed soon.
>>> I'm still looking for the  perfect  irrigation setup. I have been  
>>>  using
>>> that leaky hose, but it only  lasts a couple years  and isn't  
>>> cheap. So I
>>> bought drip  tape,  which also was expensive but is supposed to last
>>>  longer, and that  didn't work at all. It puts out so little water   
>>> that I
>>> had to run  the sprinkler timers  at the max time - 99 minutes -  
>>> and even
>>>  that  wasn't enough.  Decided it wasn't worth buying another   
>>> controller
>>> to add watering times so I'm back  to leaky hose. But now it's
> developing
>>> large holes  where the critters are biting it trying to  get water.
>>>  Sigh...gonna be one of those years.
>>> I  went riding twice  this weekend, that was fun although the wind  
>>>  makes
>>> it rather gritty. I was so pleased with my horse River  on Monday,   
>>> our
>>> ride included a  tunnel under the road. I got him last year  but  
>>>  somehow
>>> we haven't tried a tunnel before. I didn't know  what  he would do  
>>> and
> was
>>>  anticipating a struggle, most horses don't  like it. But he   
>>> pricked up
>>> his ears and zipped through like  he'd  done it a million times,  
>>>  actually
>>> trying to get in front of the  other horses to  go through.  I'm  
>>> guessing
>>> he had  very  pleasant experiences in past either with tunnels or
>>>  something  like that, a dark barn passageway maybe, and at the end   
>>> was
>>> his  home or a treat. I'll have to  try him with the tunnel under the
>>> freeway near us, it's much  longer.
>>> Hope everyone's doing okay, no  flooding or  tornadoes.
>>> Cyndi
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