All Things Gardening forum: only 154 days 'til Spring

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Oct 19, 2011 3:08 PM CST
I'm just itching for Spring. Not that I'm wishing away my life...but I just can't wait until Spring when things start growing again.
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Oct 19, 2011 5:11 PM CST
Oh..I know how you feel..when I came home from a long trip end of August and found my Peace lily dead, I almost cried! My hubby did not understand that this is an indoor plant and will not take the triple digit heat outside. But nature heals itself...surprised to see her recover this Fall yipeeee! So the count down to Spring does not feel that long anymore Big Grin

Here she was Feb 2011
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Sad state end of Aug 2011
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And here she is Oct 18, 2011
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Oct 20, 2011 4:06 AM CST
I try to make the "until spring" number smaller by counting months. Its 5 months until March which is when things begin to peep out of the soil here in Z6a.
I get to January and realize he holidays have eaten up a big chunk of time I didnt notice.
This means Feb. which is short and shouldnt really count is all that stands between me and the first tulip tops and daffs,plus fuzzy emerging sedums etc.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 7:40 AM CST
I don't know. From where I sit the world looks pretty bleak right now. Sad It's Thursday morning and it has been raining since Tuesday night. I don't think it has ever stopped. Moreover, this is supposed to continue until tomorrow morning (at which time I go back to work, of course). And I'm cold! I hate this.

If we get one more inch of rain through the end of the year, this will go down in history as our wettest year ever. And If you think I'm I'm whiney now, just wait until that's all snow!

Karen
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
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GardenGuyAZ
Oct 20, 2011 8:30 AM CST
I know it's not exactly the same, but in our heat of summer, when it's 115-118+ degrees, it's a good time to grow houseplants, or force some bulbs. So get you some houseplants to help ease the pain. Some African Violets might do very well in your kitchen window, and bloom for you, or one of the other beautiful foliage houseplants from the African violet family. Don't let the cold get you down, bring the green in. Our summer is your winter. All I can stand to do in the Summer here in AZ is mow the yard, and that alone drains the strength right out of me. Of course, I found a way around that too. I mow my yard at 6:00AM in the morning, before the heat truly sets in. I'm sure my neighbors love me for that...lol! But in the 20 years I've lived here, no complaints yet. I don't know how they get out there at 1:00PM and mow the yard, it's too darn hot for me.

Alan

























Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 9:43 AM CST
It's the rain/snow/dreary sky that get to me. Always has. Even if it's 2° but bright and sunny, I just feel better and have energy. It's the dreariness that kills me.

Plants don't do well in my house- not enough good window light. Also have been told by allergist not to have plants inside due to mold allergy. I do propagate coleus from cuttings under lights through winter, and start a few seeds there in spring. I also wintersow starting in January. But it's still raining. 41°, winds 16-33 mph, with a wind chill of 33°. That just bites. Who ever heard of a wind chill in October?

I think I need to live in the Caribbean.

Karen
Name: Alan
Chandler, AZ; 85225 (Zone 9b)
Sunset Zone 13
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GardenGuyAZ
Oct 20, 2011 10:44 AM CST
Yeah, not much dreariness here either. We long for a dreary day here and there. In Phoenix we have the following

296 Days of sunshine.
68 days of cloudy
2 days of fog

And it seldom rains on those cloudy days :(

























Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Oct 20, 2011 2:08 PM CST
Some of us are longing for real Fall and Winter.......my favorite time of year. Spring doesn't do a lot for me....and Summer bites.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 2:26 PM CST
We're on track for our wettest year ever- one more inch and it'll be a record year. Fifty some inches. I sure wish I could send some of this to Texas.

I do love fall. These prolonged rain things aren't all that common, thankfully. Most fall days are cool, crisp, and sunny.

Karen
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Oct 20, 2011 3:46 PM CST
I wish you could spare some for me also...we normally get 9-12 inches and this winter, I think, is supposed to be La Nina and drier than last...sigh. Also, our water bills have gone up 60% in the last 4 years.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 4:14 PM CST
Oh, I feel for you Sherry. I guess in the long run too little is worse than too much. (Is there any such thing as "just right"?)

Karen
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
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wcgypsy
Oct 20, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Apparently not, because we're always complaining about something, Huh?...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Oct 20, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Yes, I think so!

Karen

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