Texas Gardening forum: Micro Climates

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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Dec 18, 2011 5:35 PM CST
Isn't it funny how there is still a stalk of the butterfly weed still blooming, while the rest is very dead from the freeze.
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The same with the fernleaf lavender
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Dec 18, 2011 6:26 PM CST

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I noticed this same thing today when we were out front! I think the plants that are blooming for me are responding to the rain, however. I have Lion's Ear and Copper Canyon Daisies blooming. The daisies weren't blooming at all during the drought. The Lion's Ear had already bloomed and died down. I'm happy to see them both!
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 22, 2011 4:23 PM CST

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That really does tell the story of the radiant warmth coming off the brick.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 22, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Smiling
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Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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canadanna
Dec 25, 2011 9:18 AM CST
I was thinking it was the heat from the house, but radiant heat makes more sense . This is a south wall. Smiling
Name: Jenn Capestany
Trenton, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jenn
Jan 20, 2013 12:28 AM CST
Speaking of micro climates, though, I have an area on the south side of the house that gets very hot, doesn't seem to ice up the way the rest of the property will, but also has some water run off (very shallow incline & the rain tends to wash southwest over the property). I have hopes of growing a small olive grove there, but I have been told that I'm dreaming, since I live in the southern tip of Texoma (Trenton). I'm all ears!

Does anyone have experience finding and working unique areas on their property?
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jan 20, 2013 8:17 AM CST
I shouldn't think you would have a problem with an olive grove as long as you are selective on the type of olive trees you choose. I only have one tree but it is impervious to the cold we receive in a similar zone to yours.

Does anyone have experience finding and working unique areas on their property?
I walk with my canine collection daily and can actually sense/feel microclimates when walking. There are different areas that have cool drafts of air in spring/summer and others that are noticeably warm in winter and they are consistent. Neither is wide but it is as though air currents follow the lay of the land.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 20, 2013 10:40 AM CST
"Canine Collection" I like that... Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jan 20, 2013 11:26 AM CST
It looks as though you have a collection of your own!
Porkpal
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
Jan 20, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Aye, I do. nodding
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jan 20, 2013 6:09 PM CST
Pets & plants ~ life is good!
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Jan 20, 2013 8:03 PM CST

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I agree
Name: Jenn Capestany
Trenton, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jenn
Jan 20, 2013 9:45 PM CST
Thanks for the shares. I'll research the variety carefully before planting to ensure that I have the best suited for my climate. My feeling is that, if nothing else, it's worth a try!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
Jan 20, 2013 9:59 PM CST
Jenn ~ the olive tree I have is Arbequina. This site had good growing information http://www.sandyoaks.com/index.html but I think it has changed somewhat. I did save a lot of their info if you are interested, I'll treemail it to you.
Name: Jenn Capestany
Trenton, TX (Zone 8a)
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Jenn
Jan 22, 2013 6:58 PM CST
Sweet! Thank you so much!
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 25, 2013 10:54 PM CST
Strangely enough, I have a milkweed growing in a large pot that is trying to bloom. Almost of the other milkweeds look really terrible! With all the problems I've had this winter, I just started leaving the plants to their fate as far as freezes.
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