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Jun 29, 2015 11:59 AM CST
|This is for all of you "suffering" colder and wetter than normal weather, how I ENVY you! It was 104F yesterday. Last night when I went to bed at 11PM it was 82F inside, when I got up it was 83F. This was with all the windows open, fans blowing air in, exhaust fans blowing air out of the upstairs and the outside basement door open to draw air through. It clouded up and just got worse. My threshold now is 65F, 70F is extremely uncomfortable, 80 is sickening. I spent years in greenhouses and the field and my tolerance goes down every year. This weather has been like this (not as hot but BAD) since the beginning of May, actually all year, the winter was very nice. Too bad I cannot walk or drive very far anymore, I was unable to get out and enjoy it.|
The only things that hate this weather more than me are my plants. I had a few precious Aroids that I brought with me, cobra lily and voodoo lily. Amorphophallus, Dracunculus and Arisaema. They did fine at first in pots because it was unusually cold and rainy here. Then I got the house and a yard & the weather went back to hell on earth. The aroids at BEST shrink every year, most died, even in the ground in part shade. They also have a VERY short growing season here due to frequent and massive temp fluctuations in the "spring", which keeps bulbs from sprouting and seeds from germinating. the lilies are mulched so once they reach a plantable size they are mostly OK, but lots of frost and distorted buds this year due to temp. fluctuations, as usually the case here.
This is hell on the lilies too, even the OT hybrid Satisfaction fried in the bud yesterday. At best the bloom only lasts part of a day. The Darker colored ones burn the worst, like Landini, Firetruck turned orange and fried, Red Velvet is doing OK, blooms only last 2 days but no burn. The Trumpets are frying as soon as they open and the orientals that are not in enough shade are dying well before bloom time.
I grow sunflowers to shade them but due to the heat the sunflowers are mostly stunted and this is July-Aug. weather, I though the Asiatics would be done before it became hell on earth again.
The American hybrids that I planted out and bloomed recently had fried a little, but did pretty well for which I am thankful for.
Surprisingly Lankon and Santa Rosa, (both so delicately white) in full hot and horrible sun have done very well, the first blooms have lasted all of 4 Days without looking too bad!!!!! But no pink tint in ANYTHING here due to it always being too hot.
So this is for you, who are nice and cold and wet and rainy, some of my fried lilies. just a sample, sorry some are blurry. I am NOT going out there again until after sunset, the clouds are burning off and hell is here to stay for the next 2-3 months.
DOT COME, ONE DAY OLD BLOOM
FRIED MARTAGON LEAVES, THANKFULLY MOST HAD BLOOMED OR ABORTED LONG BEFORE NOW
AN ORIENTAL LILY STILL ALIVE, BUT PROBABLY NOT FOR LONG
Jun 29, 2015 6:44 PM CST
|Holy Cow.... |
Talk about selection pressure on the breeding stock!
Chile (Zone 9b)
Jun 29, 2015 7:55 PM CST
|Lisa, I am so sorry for you and your Lilies. We had some days over 100°F last summer and I thought no human being could survive that - well, at least not in good conditions. I feel much more comfortable now that it's winter down here and my stove provides the cozy warmth I program.|
Jun 29, 2015 8:24 PM CST
|Wow that is unreal....|
I feel for you and your plants too....
Jul 4, 2015 5:00 PM CST
|i THOUGHT LAST SUMMER WAS THE WORST SUMMER OF MY LIFE, NOW IT IS THIS ONE! ONLY 3 MORE MONTHS OF THIS 100F WEATHER TO GET THRU!|
Jul 4, 2015 5:33 PM CST
|Lisa it isn't much better here with every day pushing 95-100 and this has been going on for a couple of weeks. My lawn is completely dead except for the morning glory. Except for getting some pollinations done I stay inside all day. I wait for the sun to go down then go out for a walk and it is still hot but not burning. Apparently June had the highest average temperatures ever documented in this area. The forecast is more of the same on out.|
I have already killed lots of plants when I miss a watering. Fortunately the lilies seem to tolerate it but they sure seem to blast through bloom a lot faster.
Jul 5, 2015 6:59 PM CST
|yeah I look at the weather from home all the time. You cool off more at night so spend less hot hours per day than here, here it often begins hotter than my tolerance level. If I could move it would be to the coast, I will take the constant stink, wind fog and rain and never miss the feel of the burning sun on my skin.|
The only thing that hates it more than me is my plants, I have lost hundreds to the heat, only dozens to the cold.
And I really am hating the weather forecasters-how many ways can you say "HOT" without using the "H" word?????? Just like in the Pacific Northwest, how many ways can you say "RAIN" without using the "R" word?
Jul 5, 2015 7:12 PM CST
|You're are right about the number of hours... High today in Newport OR: 62 deg. The motels are probably full.|
Jul 6, 2015 2:18 PM CST
|yeah rub it in, the high yesterday(sun) was a "much cooler" 85, because we had a stiff north wind and it really fans the wildfire flames and blows the smoke right to me! At least the smoke diffuses some of the hot sun.......|