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Rain at last!

Poured rain last night, re-filling the water barrels (one of which was getting rather nervously low, and the other of which I couldn’t use because it was full of tadpoles.) Thank god. We needed rain. (Not as badly as the Midwest does, but badly enough. Some of my newer plants were growing crispy-fried in the yard.)

Figuring that it was August, and I had just finished a novella (or maybe a novel, I don’t know, it may grow in editing)  I went off to the one Really Big Nursery and took advantage of their huuuuge sale on annuals to get a couple of flats by way of celebration.

Some of you in other climes are undoubtedly staring at the screen going “Planting annuals in AUGUST?” Dude. Last year we had asters flowering in JANUARY. I had a couple of annual verbenas actually overwinter. August is barely halfway through the season. So I got some interesting cuphea, which is a tropical critter that can handle our pitiless humidity and a bunch of native annual sages, plus a couple of annual coreopsiseses. And I had a pleasant morning planting them all out in a light rain.

Now, back to the grindstone…

Originally published at Squash's Garden. You can comment here or there.

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That sounds lovely! I'm currently enjoying the fact that it's almost noon and only just gotten to 97, which gives hope that we won't even be in eyeshot of 110 today! My poor poor tomato...

I spent part of this past weekend in the Chiracahua Mountains, and there was the most beautiful variety of wild Verbena blooming EVERYWHERE. Drifts and drifts of lavender wildflowers like little stars; just gorgeous. Lots of other stuff-- Indian Paintbrush, something that looked like wild Foxglove but probably wasn't, tons of Horehound in full flower, meadows full of Cowboys' Fried Eggs (Prickly Poppy)... and it was about 20 degrees cooler than the desert down below, so that was pretty wonderful too. Glorious place; I love the high plains forest areas out west.

I worked in a greenhouse in ND for part of the summer and spent rather a lot of time having discussions like 'What do mean, hibiscus is an annual? Are you on crack?'. There was a lot of mutual boggling going on.

Heh heh heh. I have friends in REALLY hot climates who were horrified that I would plant lantana, that scourge of the Southwest...but even the hardy "perennial" lantana only overwinters two years in three here. Meanwhile my native hibiscus are nine feet tall.

It's all about the zone, maaaan...

A lot of what people call annuals are perennials when grown in a different climate.

Indeed. A friend of mine likes to tell the story of being baffled by an agricultural competition question that identified bougainvillea as a "beautiful houseplant".

Houseplant. Ahahaha. Where we both live, bougainvillea EATS houses.

LOL. I've started seeds of beans, cowpeas, and greens for my fall garden -- apparently fava beans are perfectly happy down to 10F, and collard greens will last until at least Christmas in my climate if you start them now.

Speaking of novels, I was wondering: How's the regency novel coming along? I really want to read the story of Viscount Blackfarthing and Augusta the Ninja.

You live in climate that really has two growing seasons split by some seriously dastardly heat. My mother does, too, and it's amazing what you can do with a climate like that.

I have no idea if you have room for this on your property(I know I don't, damnit) but it seems pretty cool.

http://slowsandfilter.org/cistern_page.html Do it yourself cistern. 2500 gal +

Rain barrels, what a nice idea. I asked my parents about putting in a rain barrel about halfway through July, and they looked outside at the crispy lawn and the pasture (which was a warm toasted color), and back at me, and said, "What would we put in it?" Yes, I am in the Midwest. No, there are no tadpoles.

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