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  •  Yes, reading this and thinking about the farmers' (3+ / 0-)
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    losses is truly sobering.

    I've given up on hanging baskets here in NE Oklahoma. For the last two years, we've had two full weeks of temps above 110 degrees, at least ten degrees higher than any time in my lifetime (almost 66 years).  And, it's starting in July instead of August which used to be our hottest month. But, the real killer seems to be the wind! It dries out hanging baskets in hours. Even in the spring, it's difficult to get seedlings started with the wind just flattening them. This may be my last year to have a real garden. As much as I love a fresh salad right from my yard, I don't depend on it for food or an income.

    Obviously, some of the farmers here should be wind farming, but I don't see it happening. I suspect many of them don't believe in global warming or even climate change. Maybe they'll change their minds if someone convinces them it's God's punishment for allowing gays in Oklahoma.

    •  Try geraniums (1+ / 0-)
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      They work nicely in hanging baskets, have a variety of colors, and are more tolerant of dryness than most of the other flowering plants.  Even better, they'll bloom the entire season.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon May 13, 2013 at 10:41:26 AM PDT

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