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RE: strange gardening year

Our weather has been cooler and wetter...13" above average so far for the
year.  The last rain, yesterday, brought in cooler weather - 62 degrees and
it is supposed to dip to 43 degrees tonight...we may have to bring in some
plants.  Yesterday, we spent pruning AGAIN.  I also did my Southern thing
and finally planted a Lagerstroemia...Natchez, since it is more resistant
to mildew and has cinnamon brown bark...I have been working on fall and
winter interest by planting natives that show significant fall color and
deciduous holly for berries.  (Did you know that the berries on Forest
Pansy are too big for most of our song birds...what a shame since it is
such a beautiful specimen.)

As in Donna's area, there are only hints of fall here and there...Sassafras
albidum, Oxydendrum arboreum, Cornus florida, Itea virginica, Fothergilla
gardenii, and Calycanthus floridus have hints of color...Euonymus
americanus, Callicarpa americana, and Ilex verticillata are full of
berries.  Veronia gigantea, Vernonia noveboracensis, Asters, Coreopsis,
Angelonia, Solidago, Cosmos, Celosia and Colchicum are blooming, while
Physostegia virginiana, Rudbeckia fulgida, zinnias are just hanging on.  
Once the temps dip tonight, things should really change.

What are carpet roses?

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: Donna <justme@prairieinet.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 09/28/2003 4:56:18 AM
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] strange gardening year
> The trees started here two weeks ago... not fully yet, but getting there
> more and more every day.  I woke up to 38 degrees this am, high is
> predicted 56.... supposed to get down to 31 by wed then back up to the
> forties for night time lows.
> I don't have a lot of color in my yard right now, and usually I do.
> Asters are done already, hardy hibiscus has about two flowers per plant,
> phlox was done two weeks ago, etc... All foliage looks great, so
> thinking it is not a bug or critter problem. The only thing blooming is
> the carpet roses in the front.... I think nature is telling me I am in
> for a rough winter that will be here soon. Hoping to get out there and
> do some much needed clean up, but I don't see that happening till next
> weekend. Of course today it is not going to rain, but have a full
> schedule so no time.
> Our spring was wet and cold, started heating up in June, and the month
> of July was rough here with heat... 100 degree days, high humidity and
> of course all the rain and storms. It finally cooled down in mid aug,
> and did get some things done, but then came Sept and I was gone.... now
> it almost Oct.... where did the gardening season go? Does everyone make
> great plans throughout the winter that never happen in the summer? I
> can't believe I still don't have anything planted or soil ready for the
> side of my house... just seems I never get to it!
> Actually it is depressing around here currently, and in discussing it
> with DH, he pointed out that many things were done here, just not the
> ones I wanted to do. Hoping next year will be better.....
> Donna
> > 
> > Hmmm, yeah, strange year, but not in the same way, though I'm not far
> from
> > you. I just checked weather.com and they're showing predictions
> through
> > Oct
> > 6 - no frost expected yet. No trees changing color other than the
> > occasional
> > leaf that lets go early.  The asters and anemones are still going
> strong.
> > And my toadlilies are sensational.  Tricyrtis macrantha ssp.
> macranthopsis
> > -
> > the one with the drooping bright yellow flowers with red-spotted
> throats -
> > is absolutely loaded!   Autumn Phlox still hanging in there.  And of
> > course
> > the Colchicum, almost all my varieties are up now.  That's the one
> thing
> > that seems early, but not by much.
> > 
> > Weeds?  Not much different here. But good volunteers have been
> abundant.
> > We
> > had some hot days in August but otherwise it's been a cool summer.
> It's
> > been
> > pleasant the last few weeks and today was glorious.  Haven't had to
> turn
> > the
> > heat on yet.
> > 
> > We had so much rain this summer some plants did rot out.  I had a
> tough
> > time
> > keeping up with mowing.  The mosquitoes kept me from doing day to day
> > maintenance, so some things did get away from me - I forgot to pinch
> the
> > row
> > of Persian Shields out front so they didn't branch out as much as
> I'd've
> > liked.  But otherwise, things looked better than ever.
> > 
> > I don't do food, so maybe that's why the difference.  I've heard other
> > folks' veggie gardens haven't been that good around here.  Personally,
> I
> > enjoyed the cool summer, but it did seem short. Sort of like I kept
> > waiting
> > for it to start and when it finally did, it was over in a couple
> weeks.
> > 
> > 
> > Kitty
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