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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.....
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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