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  •  Oh very similar. (15+ / 0-)

    I'm struggling to keep my magnolia alive.  And to top it off lots of the limbs cracked and leaked sap this spring which led to attacks from yellow-bellied sapsuckers.  I just nursed it back when the serious drought and heat hit and now I'm worried again.  I've had limbs from a bradford break though it's been well-watered so I'm unsure what's causing that.  And my mums bloomed in June also and still are setting a few buds along with tiny blooms.

    The combination of heat and drought is just lethal.  And our water bill this month was $300 and will be more next month.  I don't think I can continue to justify that another year, if there isn't water rationing, which will be likely.  I've spent 20 years working here to get loam quality soil and doing extensive landscaping.  I hate to let most of it go, but there may not be any options.  The NWS long range forecast for next spring and warmer is for warmer than average temps again.

    I have managed to get some tomatoes and peppers by abandoing the heirlooms this year and choosing tougher plants and shading and babying them as much as possible. Luckily the herbs seem easier to manage, but I've abandoned all other vegetables because I just can't protect them all.

    Also, running two fountains and filling one birdbath for the birds and squirrels, which I've also been feeding because otherwise I think that they would starve.

    I've hated to see other areas of the country with weather as bad as ours in the southern plains, but maybe it will wake more people up.

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    by blueoasis on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 06:45:10 AM PDT

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    •  Yes to founntains! (3+ / 0-)
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      I have an empty spot in a bed along the front of my house. Last year, I put a Japanese maple there, but it didn't make it despite afternoon shade. This year, I'm trying a dogwood, but if it doesn't make it, next year I'm putting in a fountain or a bird bath, something that won't die. Our pooties like to sit in the front windows. They'll enjoy it.

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      by RJDixon74135 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 09:05:44 AM PDT

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    •  Bradfords will do that under GOOD conditions (4+ / 0-)

      They were bred to have many small branches close together so as to have masses of ornamental blooms in spring. But an unforeseen consequence is that they are VERY prone to branches breaking off and even the whole tree splitting. They're not as popular as they used to be and that's a major reason why.

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 09:42:18 AM PDT

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      •  Bradford (callery) pears are also invasive (1+ / 0-)
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        particularly in the mid-Atlantic region, and the one in my yard suckers incessantly. I wish I never planted it; my wife liked them which is why it was planted.

        Trickle Down Economics 101: They get the golden parachute, we get the golden shower.

        by NoMoreLies on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 05:39:48 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        A guy who sounded like he knew what he was talking about once told me that the Bradfords in the big box home and garden stores tend to be spliced together. We lost half of our otherwise healthily thriving tree, just fell right off in a wind storm, now the one side is totally flat. It looks really weird, but it still shades the north half of the yard, so there it stays.

        Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

        by jennifree2bme on Fri Aug 10, 2012 at 12:12:10 AM PDT

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