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I have absolutely loved the rains this past week in Southern Oklahoma! It went from 112 degree heat index one day to 79 degrees the next. I’m afraid the only problem is that when the temperatures go back up, probably in only a few days, it will feel even hotter. Oh well, every little bit of rain and cooler temperatures help us and the plants. You gotta love Oklahoma weather!!!
If you are near Ardmore and are interested in taking a Master Gardener class, there will be one beginning September 5th through December 19th on Thursdays from 6-9 at the beautiful OSU-IAB building east of Ardmore. You can call the OSU Extension Office to enroll at 580-223-6570. Have a great week and Happy Gardening! Pat
It seems the rains have finally come to an end, and very hot temperatures are predicted for the coming weeks. It’s time to just leave the hoses out, because they will need to be used often.
I have quite a few flowers blooming right now, and the cooler weather this week is certainly making it easier to do needed maintenance in the garden. The main things that need to be done are weeding (always), deadheading, and watering. The Garden Phlox are starting to have less blooms, so I am cutting them back and they will put out new growth and blooms. This is the first year that I’ve had quite a bit of powdery mildew on the leaves because it has been so wet. It will not harm the plants – just looks a little bad. Keep everything deadheaded if you want annuals and perennials to keep blooming until frost. I see new seedlings of zinnias and cleome coming up to take the place of older plants that can be removed when they look really sad from the long Oklahoma summer. Most plants can just be cut back by about 1/3 and given a good watering and shot of fertilizer in the form of fish emulsion, seed weed extract, or compost tea in order to revive them and keep them blooming until frost. Happy Summer Gardening!!! Pat
Lucky you if you were under the right cloud at the right time and have gotten some showers recently. There was a really nice rain yesterday 4 miles from me; however, I didn’t get any! Guess I’ll be dragging hoses today – that’s my least favorite thing to do in August for sure! Happy Gardening and Stay Cool!!! Pat