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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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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...

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