Texas Gardening forum: Heat Wave, deja vu!

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 22, 2012 8:34 PM CST
Shade of last summer! A severe heat wave coming and around here we haven't had any measurable rain for over a month. Is the summer of 2011 here again?
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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frostweed
Jun 23, 2012 9:55 AM CST
I hope not Linda.
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kqcrna
Jun 27, 2012 11:34 AM CST
Believe it or not, it's the same in Ohio. We've had no rain in weeks, and dreadful heat. Tomorrow is supposed to be 103°. In Ohio! And no rain in the next 10 days... Bleh! Thumbs down

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Bubbles
Jun 27, 2012 12:06 PM CST

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It was 109 here yesterday. No telling what it'll be today!
Name: josephine
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frostweed
Jun 27, 2012 2:05 PM CST
103 here for the last three days, it is getting to be exhausting keeping those plants watered. Crying
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 27, 2012 2:26 PM CST
I know!! It's been a month and a half here with no rain, just to add to the problems!! It hasn't been as hot here as San Antonio, because of our hills and altitude. Still, any100+ is horrendous! I went to Houston and Surfside Beach this weekend. Went to leave DD's beautiful house in Houston on Sunday afternoon to go home. Well, guess what didn't work? The A/C, of course! Had never had any real problems with the A/C in this car. And it just had to happen on a really hot day like that...it was 100+, don't know exactly. But I eventually gave up and hung around a Starbucks. Finally, when the sun was going down (and the temps) I got back on the road and made it home okay. I think I'm just cursed...any time I go to Houston something bad happens. We're going to have to have that A/C worked on. We just got the brakes worked on a couple days before I left...always something!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jun 27, 2012 3:58 PM CST
Sorry Linda, that kind of thing can be very frustrating, patience my Dear Rolling my eyes.
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kqcrna
Jun 27, 2012 4:57 PM CST
Oh, that would be awful!

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Bubbles
Jun 27, 2012 6:55 PM CST

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It was a balmy 103 this afternoon....
I stand corrected...it was 106.
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dave
Jun 28, 2012 10:13 AM CST

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It sure does feel like last year. I remember finally getting to the point where I couldn't work outside while the sun was out, and I'm feeling like that right now, too. Sad It looks like we might get some relief this weekend.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jun 28, 2012 10:24 AM CST
True! Even today, it's not as hot. No 100+, even in San Antonio. What I hate is that as I get older, the heat gets harder and harder on me. More indoor time this time of year.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 28, 2012 11:06 AM CST
LindaTX8 said: What I hate is that as I get older, the heat gets harder and harder on me. More indoor time this time of year.

I have notice this myself in the last couple of years. We are only getting temps in the mid 90s, which is usually no big deal to me, but the last couple of years I can't take it. Even relatively easy thing like photographing wildflowers is rough.

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Shannon
Jun 28, 2012 11:29 AM CST
I Hate the heat Grumbling My poor collie's melt , they lay on the A/C vents in the house. And poor
Seamus gets Soooo sturcrazy in the house. We play hid & seak with toys & treats to keep him busy LOL

Supposed to get 100 Fri and 103+ Sat Already Hot & sticky Glare

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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 28, 2012 12:32 PM CST

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I dragged DH to Home Depot to look at fixtures for an outdoor shower. For some reason, he really didn't think I was serious! He does now. I want an enclosure too.
Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 28, 2012 2:12 PM CST
It's currently 100° in Cincinnati. Hey, this is Ohio. We didn't sign up for this! We're north of the Mason-Dison line. It's not supposed to get this hot here.

It's too hot for me. I'm going to sit in the air conditioning and read.

Karen
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Justin
Jun 29, 2012 9:59 AM CST
It rains in Victoria.
In Victoria have been some rain in the last two months.
I can not make good comparisons with last year because last year I lived in Corpus Christi. But I was frequently in Beevile. Also I visited twice Victoria.
My opinion is that it certainly is not like last year.
At least not in so extensive area as last year.
But the heat of the day is very high and the water evaporates quickly. It is difficult for flowers in pots. There were days when I had to put water twice. And seems like was not enough.
Now it is raining. Not very strong. And I think will stop soon (Same was and three days ago). Will be not enough. But better like nothing.
And even with a little rain, the wildflowers will rise again! Smiling
Some wild flowers from Victoria, Tx, to bring rain for those who did not have yet an happy rain.


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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Jun 29, 2012 10:13 AM CST
They're pretty!

Still not so much as a cloud here. It was 102° yesterday. Supposed to be about 100 today.

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Horntoad
Jun 29, 2012 10:14 AM CST
I know there are still people having problems with to little rain, but compare the current conditions with one year ago should give you a little hope.
Here is the drought map for 1 year ago and this week on the right.
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Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Jun 29, 2012 10:48 AM CST

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So good to hear someone is getting some much needed rain! We only got to 100° yesterday. I've been out watering this morning. The hibiscus are enjoying the heat. The brugmansias and roses, not so much. I have plumerias blooming and they smell so good in the early morning and late evening. Out front the beauty berries are beginning to sport some berries.
Keep cool everyone!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jun 29, 2012 11:40 AM CST
Yes, that's a wonderful thing. But the drought areas just seem to move around from year to year. Colorado is in awful shape with that wildfire. If you look at the map of the whole country- Georgia and SC are in bad shape, and we're not faring well in the midwest either.

Last year we had just the opposite- cooler than normal, and twice our normal yearly rainfall. (our norm is 40", last year we got 73").

Karen

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