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Re: Rain... again

Well it is 87degrees with 51percent humidity and 5 to 10 mph winds at 6:30ish
tonight... YUCK
They promised me some rain tonight, but now decided that
isn't going to happen.... sigh.
Garden is frying and it appears most of my
flowers are not into this weather, but a few are blooming their heads off...
like the hibiscus.

----- Original Message ----
From: Johnson Cyndi D
Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Thursday, August 2, 2007 3:04:16 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Rain... again

Way to
make me jealous! I got brown desert, dirt, and the barest hint of
a cloud way
way off to the south. It is a pleasant 99F with 11% humidity
and no wind. 
the plus side, yesterday we did have clouds, and at least 10
raindrops hit our
windshield on the way into work. Woo-hoo, moisture!
Last night we blew off
team penning practice (husband is showing signs
of strain after weeks of
rushing from work to home to horse event three
nights a week) and I started
getting the onions out of the garden.
Should have grabbed the red ones
earlier, many of them are not in the
best shape. The yellow ones - Candy - are
looking good, I'll see if I
can't get all those inside this weekend. Some of
them were under stress
though, they have those bizarre extra growths.  I have
plenty of
tomatoes to play with too, I'll make chili sauce and canned tomatoes
since I entered those in the fair. I'm running a bit late on getting my
entries done but it's par for the course this year.  I doubt I will have
available half of what I planned to enter in the garden competition, oh
I might be able to substitute some tomatoes for the pepper

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Thursday,
August 02, 2007 10:33 AM
To: Garden Chat
Subject: [CHAT] Rain... again

been raining for much of the last 3 days. And NOAA says we've got a
lot of the
same through next Monday PM. Not easy to tour the plantation
cloudbursts, but I did notice quite a few baby starfruit this
morning--and I
didn't even know the tree had bloomed. 
Pleasant surprise. Unpleasant
realization: we're almost out of mangos,
one more picking, two at most.

orange jasmines--including the one I nearly killed with the
wheelbarrow full
of softener salt--are in their third or fourth bloom
cycle. And when the flush
of small, multi-petaled white flowers is
assaulted by driving rain, it looks
like it snowed in the front patio. 
But snow never smelled this good.

Barbados cherry is in its third bloom cycle, too. It's a mass of
pink and
white flowers. The first two cycles produced heavy crops of
fruit, but I don't
know if this one will--the rain may keep the wasps,
bumblebees, and other
pollinators at home. Usually when it blooms, the
wasps and bumbles get
possessive and let you know you're not welcome in
the neighborhood until
they've had their fill. I've had bumblebees,
which show no interest in me when
they're working on avocado flowers,
dive-bomb me when I go near the Barbados
cherry when it's in bloom.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.1 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Sunset Zone 25
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100
F [38 C]
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