Peonies forum: How dry is it?

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Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 22, 2012 7:06 PM CST
Forecast is hot and dry with no major relief until October.Thumb of 2012-07-23/Oldgardenrose/50df1d


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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jul 22, 2012 7:42 PM CST
They do not like very dry conditions.
Can you water them a bit?
They will come back with cooler weather and more moisture.
I had several new ones dry up last summer, but they have come back stronger this year.
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 22, 2012 8:08 PM CST
I think I should put down a good 2 inches of mulch until the rains come this fall. Most of the water I use now just evaporates before it helps the plants. We are expected to have 3 more days of 103+ with barely 50% humidity.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jul 23, 2012 9:20 AM CST
Yes, mulch is good too.
I am in process of putting mulch around perennials and shrubs.
I hope it helps stop weeds too.
This week we have one or two cooler days.
But our averages are much lower than yours---mid 70 degrees.
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 23, 2012 3:56 PM CST
106.9 with 44% humidity.Thumb of 2012-07-23/Oldgardenrose/c673c1

Alana
Jul 23, 2012 9:19 PM CST
I find the lack of humidity very unusual. Most years when we get this hot the humidity is 60 or above. I realize we have not had any moisture other than a few spinkles last week but even when the air is dry dew forms on the first 4 inches of plants. However not this year. I am starting to think about methods to shade my favorite plants and veggie garden next year.

Not planning on adding any peonies for a couple of years as with Hubby's health problems. He is rapidly progressing to wheel chair status and our doors range from 26" to 36". He has dementia and needs knee surgery. Hopefully by the time I do add additional ones this drought will be over.
AH

Alana
Jul 23, 2012 9:41 PM CST
Funny never noticed the acorn before. But I am more than some what nutty.
AH
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 24, 2012 6:14 AM CST
This is the time of year when the low temps can be 80 with 98% humidity. The tales of actually hearing corn grow at night is not a myth. Now the corn crop is essentially destroyed.
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 24, 2012 11:37 AM CST
Did half of the mulching last evening and gave them a good soaking. They responded to their drink and perked up a bit. Finished this morning and soaked them again.Thumb of 2012-07-24/Oldgardenrose/967288


The established peonies are holding their own with occasional watering.

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Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 29, 2012 9:35 AM CST
The mulching really helped. I do not like to mulch the crowns so they can breathe better and will need the freezing winter temps in order to do well next year.Thumb of 2012-07-29/Oldgardenrose/3a0a16


Our high temp so far. 3 pm Tuesday.Thumb of 2012-07-29/Oldgardenrose/07f42c
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jul 29, 2012 10:16 PM CST

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Some of my newer peonies needed extra water. Older and wiser established peonies look no worse for the wear with intense heat and drought here. We have finally gotten some rain the last week or so. It has made the biggest difference. It may be too little too late for a lot of stuff though.

Lily season acme and went. Lilies are another thing that never need extra water, but were wilting with this heat and lack of rain. I watered my stuff nightly and got nowhere, or so it seemed.
Tracey
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 30, 2012 6:51 AM CST
I do not know if it is the chlorine or other trace chemicals in tap water but plants do not respond to it as they do with rain water. Rain always works best.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jul 30, 2012 7:31 AM CST

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We actually have rain barrels here and they were used up in no time. Our water source is an artesian well. An organic farmer once told me that it was not only the acidic nature of rain water, but also the temperature.

Never underestimate the power of a good summer rain. There's really nothing like it.
Tracey
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Aug 2, 2012 2:21 PM CST
Still having over 100 deg temps with no rain. Watering all my standard peonies and trying to give the roots a chance to absorb nutrients. Tops are beginning to burn in the full sun.

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