The Storm after the Calm

boxofrox(z8 PNW)July 26, 2009

Holy schmoly, the unseasonably hot weather here has exploded my garden into color. Roses and glads and Rose of Sharons and dahlias and's a sampling of things I shot while watering today.


Lacecap Hydrangea





LD Braithwaite

First glads

Clematis amongst the roses


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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

As always---Awesome!


    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 1:44PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

I cut this to sit right next to the oscillating fan in front of my wifes recliner because we will be basement bound for the next week to dodge the heat wave. It's going to be near triple digits and that's pretty dang hot for here :-(

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 6:20PM
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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

and again, lovely roses, dahlias, glads and! a brilliant bouquet too, Boxofrox! My gladiolus have already come and gone (they first started blooming late May, and almost all are now past blooming).. I actually planted them a few weeks apart; but not late enough to get the late summer/early fall blooms that you'll be getting... I love the hummingbird feeder you have in the background too! You'll have to save a hummingbird piccie for me! Bumblebees and hummingbirds are my bouquets, every bit as precious as a rose...

Wow, I can't believe it's in the 100s in the Pacific Northwest? boy that's hot! I thought only places like Louisiana, TX, Kansas, Arizona, get that hot! phewwwww! hope you all can keep cool...My air conditioner broke around July 4, and my house has only 2 windows downstairs that I can open and only 1/2 can be opened upstairs so my house got to be 88 degrees inside when the afternoon sun trikes and that was none too pleasant, LOL! I had that nasty heat for about 2 weeks before the air-conditioning got fixed...But go figure, it turned cooler in Kansas when the air-conditioning got fixed! heheh!

    Bookmark   July 27, 2009 at 10:04PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

You are so kind :-)

This kind of heat is pretty rare and because of that very few people actually have air. Fortunately, I listened to my wife before this heatwave and we bought a portable Sharp for the bedroom upstairs. The rest of the upstairs is uninhabitable. Now you can't even find a fan at the boxstores, let alone an air unit. We've been spending most of our time in the basement because even at night, it hasn't been cooling down enough to enjoy being outside.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 9:05AM
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serenasyh(was 5/now Z 8-Kans)

awww, poor you, your wife and! the pups! I know for me this is a shocker with that kind of heat wave where you're at! Who could have overseen that...! Little wonder all the air units were sold out, everyone rushing out to the stores all at once!

Poor pups too, must be absolutely baking in their fluffy fur coats...

I kept trying to put the big fan near Eluane and me in the hot computer room with the puny little fan, but she only wanted to stay near me...

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 5:03PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

Fortunately, it is quite workable in the basement with just a fan. It only gets to about 75-80 so the pups are fine. We re-filled the hot tub and it's about 80 so it's a refreshing dip ;-) Right now, at 8:21 PM PST it is 95 upstairs here in the office. We are even turning the computer off during the day and only using it in the AM or late at night. It's just too hot and the CPU fan is humming. I get up at 5 and soak everything. My lawn is the only green one for miles and it looks like it's rained for weeks. I'm a stickler for a green lawn. Could be 105 tomorrow where we are and 100 the next day. This is definitely uncharted territory for us.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 11:30PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

When I lived in Portland and it hit the high 80's we thought we'd die. I can't imagine the PNW at 100!

Gorgeous bouquet!!!

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 9:07PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

Thanks iris gal :-)

Yesterday was officially the hottest day ever here (records kept at Sea Tac since 1891). It was 106 where I live. It actually cooled down to about 101 today :-(

Other than some struggles with hydrangeas, I'm managing to keep ahead of it. My lawn actually looks like a month of rain but it weren't easy to keep it that way ;-)

Here's a few shots from this AM.....

Abraham Darby's new flush

My first rose, a long ago gift from the nieces, not sure what it is but it's a lot like a shrub version of Joseph's Coat



Bluebird Rose of Sharon


David phlox



Rosa rugosa

    Bookmark   July 30, 2009 at 9:41PM
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