Monday, September 7, 2015

It's Labor Day and you know what that means...

Are you expecting me to say that means summer is over? Nope! We still have over two weeks of summer left (16 days), and that's just "real" calendar summer. Throw in El Nino and/or an Indian Summer and I'll be happy for weeks.

Still, seeing this stock tank planter that I've been watching, and photographing, for years had me thinking of all those people who are completely over summer in the PNW and can't wait for Autumn. Most of these plants look like they're feeling the same way.
Book-ended are a Hesperaloe parviflora and Opuntia NOID that haven't missed a beat, and actually thrived, in our hot and dry summer. I feel the same and wish summer could go on forever...

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15 comments:

  1. You are probably getting a taste in your stock tank of what summer is like in Texas. I really thought it was moving day for you-moving all those plants under cover to protect against winter rains. Do you have many pots that you put in the ground for the summer just to make life easier when moving day arrives? I am thinking of doing that with some of my smaller cactus and succulents.

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    1. We have undergone a recent change, with cooler temperatures and rain. But the forecasters keep promising a return to sunny, warm and dry starting this afternoon. I generally don't start moving things until the very end of September or early in October. I do put a few plants in the ground that must be lifted, but those are planted, not in containers. And they are the final things to be taken care of, before a frost hits, which typically isn't until late in November.

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  2. I'm with you, a nice Indian Summer would be nice. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of autumn but am not ready for it yet. Late November is a good time for that sort of thing. Summer always seems to fly far to quickly and I've not enjoyed having to wear a jacket to go outside these last few cold days. The rain has been nice though.

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    1. Exactly! Autumn can start in late November, and run through mid-January. Then we can have winter from then until the first or second week in February (just a light winter though, nothing serious). And sprig can start mid-February. Sound good?

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  3. Ahh summer! It may not get that hot here but whatever we get is still very much appreciated and hopes it lasts!

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    1. And how are things shaping up there? Is September looking warm and dry, or cool and drizzly?

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  4. It's funny but I didn't think much about the transition from summer to fall when I lived in a nearby beach city. Sure, with no AC we were bothered by the periodic heatwaves that hit the LA area but, with temperatures averaging 10-12 degrees below those in our current location, we didn't really suffer much and neither did our shady garden. In our current location, although we actually have a view of the harbor and the ocean beyond, on the east side of the peninsula, we don't get the benefits of the ocean breezes from the west and, even with AC, we get miserable and grumpy when the heat drags on. We had a lovely few days of cooler-than-usual temperatures but we're back in the 90s again today and, after hours working in the heat this morning, I'm stuck inside with the AC running full blast. I'm ready to put the last heatwave behind me and welcome fall.

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    1. I do understand that summer, and our ability to enjoy it, is largely determined by location. Although we've just had the hottest summer ever recorded here in Portland I wouldn't change a thing...

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  5. I agree: I'm a summer-lover, too. Many folks around here are wishing away the heat, but I like to end summer with a good, old-fashioned heatwave. Then we don't feel cheated when the cool air hits. :)

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    1. Cheated, exactly. I want to properly ween myself from evenings on the patio and sleeping with the windows open.

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  6. Summer lingers here in St. Louis many years, and heatwaves in early September are pretty common. So glad to see 95+ leaving the forecast and some upper 70's moving in. You need some heat in order to appreciate the cool. :)

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  7. Your tempting me to stop at a Farm and Fleet off I-55 and get myself a stock tank - maybe I can get stock tank garden containers rolling as a trend in the Midwest.

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    1. Yep! Good eye...next to the Delta Cafe.

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