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Re: Weather/rhodies

Sass [my sister] was going through Greer's catalog earlier today highlighting rhododendron cultivars she wants to consider when we go down there later this month. Many of them here are still blooming-- some just now coming into bloom.

Beautiful day today--warm, sunny. Almost got my gooseberry raised bed finished, but ran out of topsoil, so back to Lowe's in the AM.

On Jun 7, 2008, at 4:28 PM, Kitty wrote:

Auralie, it is so good to hear you talking about beautiful blooms after all you've been through. I do feel your pain about the heat, too. We got the same temps, but immediately after lots of rain, so it's been steaming right out of the soil; we're dripping w humidity. And I hear more rain is on the way.

Our rhodies are all done, but the roses around here too are spectacular.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 07, 2008 4:41 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Weather, etc.

After a couple of weeks of rather cool weather - yesterday it did not
get out of the 60s - today it is 92. Everything is cooking - just looking
totally wilted.  We need rain so badly, and now this.

However, despite the droughty and cool spring, the blooms have been
spectacular.  Everyone's Rhododendrons are blooming more heavily
than I have ever seen them before.  My Kousa dogwood has massive
blooms. The peonies are astonishing - or were until this heat hit them.
We were on the Taconic Parkway this afternoon, and the roadside is
just blanketed with white multiflora roses. I know they are considered
a noxious weed and an invasive alien - though when we first moved out
here nearly half a century ago they were sold as ideal hedging. I have never seen them bloom as heavily as they are right now - and fragrant! I still wish we had had a gentler introduction to the heat. I need to go out and water, but just can't make myself go out until it cools down a
bit - if it does.

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Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]

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