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Re: Spring? Wha hoppen?
  • Subject: Re: Spring? Wha hoppen?
  • From: Pam Evans <gardenqueen@gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 16:06:21 -0500

What crazy weather you are having!!   Good luck w/ your tomatoes.  And Happy
Mother's Day to you and all the moms on gardenchat!

On 5/9/10, Aplfgcnys@aol.com <Aplfgcnys@aol.com> wrote:
> What a crazy season.  In late March we had two 90 degree days followed
> by a near frost the following week.  Last week we had another heat spell,
> and then it seemed to settle down to normal late April weather - days in
> the
> high 70s and nights in the 40s.  I decided the ground was warm enough to
> plant my first row of beans, and I moved the tomatoes I had started indoors
> in pots out into the screened porch to harden off.  I usually hang these
> pots
> of cherry tomatoes in the breezeway.  Yesterday at the Teatown Plant Sale
> Chet bought me a flat of white impatiens.  I contemplated setting them
> right
> out, since it was sunny, but decided that since it was pretty windy, I
> would
> put it off until today.  The wind was fierce during the night, and again
> this
> morning.  The temperature was 39 degrees.  The wind is still fierce, and
> when I looked at my tomatoes on the screened porch, they look quite
> frost-bitten.  I'm sure it's the wind-chill that did it.  They aren't dead,
> but
> looked pretty burned.  I brought them in and hope they'll recover. Now they
> tell us to expect a freeze tonight and again tomorrow night.
> I have a large planter of one of the hardy geraniums - can't remember which
> one, but it has a small, fancy leaf, and pinky white flowers.  It has
> survived
> for several winters just in the screened porch - no protection from the
> cold.
> I put it in there for the winter so that the very large ceramic planter
> won't
> crack from freezing and thawing.  Well, I had the handyman move it out
> this week, thinking we were past all that.  When I just looked at it, it is
> all wilted as if it were being frost-bitten.  It must be wind-chill,
> because
> this plant has stayed green all winter through all kinds of bitter cold.  I
> watered it well and hope it recovers, as it is just ready to burst into
> full
> bloom.
> At least I only planted a small row of beans, and used the experimental
> variety that was sent with my order.  I was curious to see what they would
> produce, but I'm sure these won't make it.
> And the peas should benefit from this cold snap.  I was afraid that the
> heat spells would get to them before they even began to produce.  Peas
> really don't like hot weather, and I had been a little late getting them in
> as the ground was snow-covered on St. Patrick's day, which is the
> traditional day to plant them around here.
> Happy Mother's Day to all.
> Auralie
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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