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RE: New USDA Zone Map

Umm- You are right Jim.  We definitely do have a blast furnace here.  Hot
hot and dry!  We usually have 2-3 weeks at or above 110 degrees.  In fact
summer is officially here- it is 95 at 2:45pm- by 4 pm (our hottest part of
the day) we'll likely make it to 100 today.
We had a really cool wet spring- we actually had spring this year.- up until
2 weeks ago.  Then suddenly we had summer!  My sweetpeas are rapidly
croaking- too hot!
But salvia is just thriving!


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
Behalf Of Island Jim
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2003 2:18 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map

hate to be a nag, but sacramento gets pretty warm in the summer. i remember
it being 107 for a week once. and 100 degrees is no stranger to the
thermometer any year. because it's north, doesn't mean it's cool.

At 11:58 AM 5/28/03 -0500, you wrote:
>More use needs to be made of the AHS heat zones too.
>While hardiness is a major concern North of the Red River, here it's heat
>zones that are more relevant.
>Theresa can grow lots of things in her No. CA zone 8 that I wouldn't
>dare try here. But she doesn't have blast furnace summers either. Here's
>where the heat zones make such a difference. Most stuff is hardy at my
>place except for the really tender tropical stuff and we usually do get
>a couple freezes, but it's not cold that does my plants in - it's heat
>and drought. I guess the smart play is to plant things that are adapted
>or native to your local climate w/ the occasional exotic experiment just
>for fun! I've gone w/ more xeriscape stuff since those last two bad
>droughts we had 4 years or so ago. Just makes sense.

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