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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 16, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Biggest drought since the 1950s
http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/16/us/us-drought/index.html?hpt=h...

Karen
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Jul 17, 2012 4:48 AM CST
Interesting article. I knew it was bad, but didn't know it had been that long since the last bad drought. The corn around here (southern Indiana) looks pretty bad. Some areas got some rain last weekend, so maybe the beans will have a chance. We just keep on praying. I personally am praying for enough rain to hopefully get some rebloom on my daylilies:) The year started so nice with the daylilies blooming a full month earlier than normal so I really thought extra rebloom was going to be possible this year. But Mother Nature had other ideas.
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Jul 20, 2012 4:49 PM CST
Some not so great weather news. http://weather.yahoo.com/us-forecast-hot-dry-weather-linger-...
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jul 21, 2012 7:25 PM CST
Karen, all that rain that has been going around us found us. We've had 5 plus inches since Thursday night. and probably more coming. You can almost see the lawns greening up with just that little bit.
I had to cut my raspberry wine bee balm back because the extreme heat had cooked the leaves plus they looked like they had mildew problems..some stems didn't even have any leaves left. I had seen 2 slugs on the garage siding but couldn't get to them to remove them, but I didn't see any evidence of their damage unless it was the leaveless stem..but I saw lots of new babies at the base of the bee balm plant, so while I'm disappointed, I'm okay with it. Regardless of how much you water with the hose, God's rain water is the best..doesn't have chlorine in it. Today it has been light soaking rain or light mist at times.

Have you all had any relieve since you posted that message?
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
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quietyard
Jul 21, 2012 8:21 PM CST
Pippi you are sure right about God's rain water being the best. Thumbs up I am always amazed at the difference in plants after a bit of rain. No amount of hose water ever does what rain water does. Smiling
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
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kqcrna
Jul 22, 2012 5:06 AM CST
Yes Pippi, we got 1.3" of rain last week over 4 days. Some things perked up, others not. For a lot of stuff, I think it was too little, too late. I can't even remember when we had rain before that, and temps were in the 90 to 100+ degree range.

My monarda can be seen here growing in a pot a few weeks ago. It fried and is now compost food. I bought 3 new corydalis this year which are also toast now.
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This is an astilbe, 15 or 20 years old. You can see fried columbine, too.
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Frying gaura, didn't produce one flower this year.
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Salvia nemorosa, wintersowed last year
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I really feel for the farmers. My plants are just ornamentals. For farmers, it's their livlihood.

Karen

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