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Re: OT: spring showers

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] OT: spring showers
  • From: "Judy Hunt" judyhunt1@bellsouth.net
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2003 11:58:14 -0400

Hope this one makes it all the way, Christy!  Gorgeous color and finish.
Judy Hunt
----- Original Message -----
From: Hensler
Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 11:36 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] OT: spring showers

----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Hunt" <

>Good heavens, Christy!  Is this expected this time of year in your neck of
the woods?  >Hope everything survives -- if it does, it is REALLY tough!


Between the weather and my "survival of the fittest" gardening methods, the
weaklings disappear quickly. The night before, I'd been hunting cutworms by
flashlight to find the little monsters who were chewing through blooms and
stems and were still too small to turn up by sifting the soil.

Thunderstorms (with some hard hail) are to be expected this time of year. If
the hail doesn't do too much damage, the extra moisture is a blessing. In a
typical year, most of July and all of August will be the months of heat
without rain punctuated with a frost or two. By mid-September we can expect
killing frosts. Don't even ask about gophers....

I was assessing real damage this morning and the worst of the lot are
peppers from commercial seed. Some of the zucchini hybrids I've been working
with are still surrounded by an inch of hail but all should survive except one. The irises,
for all the damage done to open blooms, will be the first to bounce back.
The swelling pods on old GUDRUN (TB) from korolkowii and stolonifera show no
damage; SKY WINGS (SIB) is promising new blooms; BATMAN, FAIRMONT, and a few other TBs are loaded with undamaged buds.

Two of the Sino-Siberian seedlings are showing new blooms this morning. The amount of increase from last season is remarkable. Both are from SIGNA seed out of IDSON. This one, still wet from this morning's fog, is the darkest yet. The falls look like they're made of velvet.
Christy Hensler
Newport, WA
zone: variable :-)

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