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RE: New USDA Zone Map

Didn't realize it got that warm. But here it's months at a time - not
weeks. BTW - my folks are going to SF for the first time next month, any
good spots they should see??

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Theresa- yahoo" <tchessie@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 28 May 2003 14:59:52 -0700

>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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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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