Seeds forum: How is your garden faring in this heat wave?

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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jul 21, 2011 4:49 AM CST

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With temps running in the 90s, and humidity so high, it's too hot to do anything outside. I have to force myself just to go out and move sprinklers. A little rain would help, but it's just not happening. This weather is tough for new seedlings. I don't know that I've lost any seedlings yet, but I'm expecting it. It's impossible to keep the soil from drying out. That record high rainfall that I kept whining about in spring sounds pretty good about now. Forecast for today is 97°, high humidity, with a heat index in the 110 to 115 range.

I have to say that my hardy hibiscus seem to be loving the weather. They're covered with flowers, which normally doesn't happen until well into August. Buds are forming fast on lobelia cardinalis, too, which seems early for them. Tomatoes have lots of blossoms but are not setting much fruit and I fear it will be a bad year for my tomatoes. My new wintersown salvia nemorosa has put out a few flower stems, though the plants don't seem to be growing much. (And I normally find that perennials that bloom so fast after sowing are not very long lived). The armeria and gypsophilia that I wintersowed are OK, not doing much but looking healthy enough. The zinnias and marigolds started in spring by wintersowing method are blooming and doing OK, not getting too big though. And as usual all of my cutting grown coleus are loving this heat and humidity, though they're demanding water more often. And the cardinal climber is pretty pathetic. A lot of things need to be deadheaded, but it's just too hot for me to work outside.

How is your garden tolerating this heatwave? New seedlings?

Karen

Name: Doris Klene
Greensburg,Indiana.
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kareoke
Jul 21, 2011 5:47 AM CST
Same thing here, but my hibiscus is not doing anything, it has been over 100 all week and I must admit my garden is looking pitiful, everything needs attention, I wish the rain would come and cool things down.
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
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Jul 21, 2011 10:43 AM CST

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No rain here, either.

Here are my hardy hibiscus this morning.

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The next 2 were wintersown a few years ago.

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Karen


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Name: New username - Crittergarden
Unexpectedly Green Pittsburgh (Zone 5b)
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plantsANDpets
Jul 21, 2011 10:45 AM CST
How is my garden faring in this heat wave?
Better than I am.
I'd rather have February!
Decisions, decisions.
I tried a couple of usernames and have finally settled on:

crittergarden.

That's it, no more changes. I'm done. I will be crittergarden here, on Cubits, and when I renew my Dave's Garden subscription on Noveber 4, I'll be crittergarden over there, too. DONE!~~~ UNTIL ONE HAS LOVED AN ANIMAL, PART OF THEIR SOUL REMAINS UNAWAKENED ~~~
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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Onewish1
Jul 22, 2011 7:05 PM CST

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I can see plants starting to struggle.. just hope some of my seed grown tiny babies can struggle though it.. the micro sprinklers help big time.. but it's amazing how fast the ground is drying up.. will soon see
Name: Stephanie Gonzales
Texas (Zone 8a)
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StephGTx
Jul 22, 2011 7:34 PM CST
My lavender is about the only thing that isn't dried to a crisp right now Crying
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