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  •  Summertiiiiimmme (15+ / 0-)

    We're in the summer group with no sign of fall except for the shorter days.  The six weeks of rain and cooler temperatures were actually like the May and early June weather that we never had.  Our first frost isn't until the middle of October and first hard freeze about a month later.  Usually.  No idea what the fall will be like this year.

    Loved Milly's walk in the wild flowers.  I hadn't thought about coral bells growing that far north and I wish mine had bloom spikes like that.  My cultivated ones only send up thin, tiny spikes of white.  The harebells really catch my attention.  Blues are a favorite flower color.

    85% in the NE Southern Plain with mid-nineties forecast.
    Lazily watching the wasps from my window and thinking I should do some outside clearing before the mosquitos thicken later.

    •  Shorter days (11+ / 0-)

      I think it's the day length that really signals season change to me.  Up this far north, the change is quite dramatic.  We often won't get a frost until November, but by then, the sun won't reach any part of our front yard over the trees on our southern property line.

      Enjoy that wasp-watching.

      Well-behaved women rarely make history - Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

      by Milly Watt on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 11:05:26 AM PDT

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    •  btw blue (15+ / 0-)

      To answer your exquisitely written inquiry from last evening regarding the artichoke--
      I bought it as a small starter plant at a local farm store owned by a lovely old curmudgeon who is full of piss and vinegar, as my mom would say, and a treasure trove of information.
      He sits perch on a stool behind the counter, no cash register but he does have a sawed off shot gun.  Anyway I planted it in the garden back the end of March
      Here it is in May

      By mid June it was about 5' tall with 6 artichokes
      The last one flowered end of July-3 never got bigger than a bud

      This is July 27th

      By then the plant had already shriveled up and was well on it's way to dead so I don't think they tolerate the heat here (zone 8 I think-it changed recently) nor do I think it would make it through the winter
      Very different than OceanDiver's experience

      If anyone survives-this will be known as the Ostrich Era

      by FOYI on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 12:17:24 PM PDT

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      •  But what intense color on the blooms! (10+ / 0-)

        Thanks, FOYI.  I thought that since you had mentioned being in N Texas that your climate would be similar, though further south, to here.  If it dies mid-summer then I'm thinking that it may not be worth it.

        There is information online that asserts that they can be grown here and I've seen references in old message threads on garden sites, but nothing specific.

        Architecturally it's not that much difference from the invasive thistles that grow around, which I think are really cool plants, and I did let one that probably seeded from bird dropping grow one year and it got huge.

        I deadheaded the flowers, so I was responsible with my illegal harboring, and luckily no one ratted me out to the authorities.  Just a few puncture wounds and scratches.

        You and Ocean Driver's blooms are just goreous, but maybe I'll just settle for some fall bulbs.  I've lost some spring bulbs and lilies during the drought and that might be a safer and more practical impulse.

        Loved the description of your supplier.  They're a vanishing species most often sighted at single owner antique and collectible stores up this way.  Miss them since the malls have slowly taken over.

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