Texas Gardening forum: Ugh! Its August!

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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Aug 27, 2014 12:34 PM CST
August in Houston. Nobody likes it. We all hold on till September, or mid - September when the mercury drops away from the century mark. My plants wilt in protest. My lawn threatens to die. I'm right there with them! I wilt in the heat and feel like dying, too.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Aug 27, 2014 12:35 PM CST

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This has been a milder year than usual and I don't think we've seen a single above 100 this year in our county. Today's high is 95 and the highs are forecasted to be lower the rest of the week. Relief is in sight! We're almost there!!! Smiling
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Aug 27, 2014 12:51 PM CST
Getting closer. We have had 13? days of 100 or better, but, since the annual average is 18 and just three years ago we had 70!, I'll take this summer as-is, but it sure will be nice to get out of this cave of drawn blinds, drawn curtains, and vampire hours.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Aug 27, 2014 1:24 PM CST

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It was actually balmy this morning, in the 80s for a bit. It rained all around us yesterday, but not here. Up at the lake, we drove in to see Rabies Alert on the community center board. Guess the lack of water is driving all kinds of critters out of the brush.

I have Beautyberry turning, a few hibiscus blooming, and some citrus fruits. Everything else is just pouting. For us, October is a good month for blooms. The mornings are tolerable and the evenings also. Then it's time to put it all away for winter!

I have to amend my post. I haven't had time to write to Bill at Caladiums 4 Less, but the bulbs I ordered over winter and got here around March didn't get planted right away. Had a setback. I finally "stuck" them in pots around other plants and forgot about them. Then I ordered a box of the asst. ones and left them in the box, outside on a patio table, in the hot sun. Another setback. Finally put those into pots around the garden. They are all up and gorgeous! It's the only color to speak of in the backyard. Your eyes go right to them. The best thing about ordering the mixed bulbs is I would never have picked some of the ones that I really like now after seeing them. And they seem to love August!
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 27, 2014 2:05 PM CST
This has definitely been the hottest month of the year...can't wait until it's over! The heat's been unbearable and the plants have been suffering a lot also.Very slight chances of rain this week...could use it, but need better percent chances!
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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 30, 2014 12:51 PM CST
I agree that this summer has been a little less hot than usual, just as humid, however, and not enough wind. I still like summer better than winter!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Aug 30, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Meeeeeeee, too!
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 31, 2014 12:55 PM CST
This week, I trapped and relocated SEVEN raccoons! It was hard work to do it, but am hoping there's no more. Slightly cooler, but still too hot, IMHO.
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: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2014 1:07 PM CST
Yep, tis, Linda. Glare Although, it does look to be ratcheting down just a notch or two--highs for the next week aren't supposed to get above 98. Might not feel different from a practical perspective, but from a psychological perspective, it seems a LOT less hot than 100. Hilarious!
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Name: Sam aka 'Rosie'
Post Oaks of Colorado Co. (Zone 8b)
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WRRanch
Sep 1, 2014 9:20 AM CST
'Hotter than Hell' week (3+ weeks long this year) appears to be finally over so I can go back to grilling/smoking our suppers & prepping for the fall garden. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

It was hot here this summer (see attached picture) with a number of days over 105. The worst heat ever was 5 years ago when it hit 117... That was bad.

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 1, 2014 11:02 AM CST
A relief to have the temperatures coming down, even if it is a slow decrease.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 3, 2014 7:48 AM CST

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We actually had rain yesterday evening! Not very much, but the wind blew the rain drops against the windows. Temperature went to pleasant, and the mosquitoes were in hiding for a bit. Life is good!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 3, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Smiling Hurray!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Sep 3, 2014 8:33 AM CST

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We had a pretty good deal of rain. Enough to get everything wet! It's starting to feel like fall. Smiling
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Sep 4, 2014 12:26 PM CST
We've had over 3/4 inch of that precious rain from yesterday to now! Soooo nice!
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: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 4, 2014 12:37 PM CST
Yea, Linda!!!!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Sep 4, 2014 5:03 PM CST

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We got thunder!! No rain, but big booms of thunder. So close, yet, so far. Thumbs down
Looking for a cold front late next week. Possibly down to the 80s.

Linda, that sounds like quite a bit of rain for you after such a dry summer!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Sep 5, 2014 10:15 AM CST
Well, our high for yesterday never got out of the 80's...we were just lucky, the storms coming up lined up just right for us...for once, we had showers in repeated waves. Hopefully the next front will give everybody some rain! The plants on my place are giving a collective sigh of relief! I'm expecting more blooms! Most of the resident hummingbirds have moved on and most of the Painted Buntings. Looking forward to the fall migration...birds, hummingbirds and butterflies coming south again. Thumbs up
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: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Sep 5, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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