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Casie Becker
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I was driving home today and enjoying all the Texas Sage in full bloom. When I identified all the purple bushes the first thought that went through my head was, "huh, guess we're actually going to get some rain next week."
We've had vanishing rain in the weather forecast recently, which the sage wasn't fooled by. One of the other names for these bushes is barometer bush because the are so good for predicting incoming rain. I wish I knew more information like this that I could glean from watching the garden grow. At least I'm not as worried about my plants while I'm out of town next week.
 
Tyler Ludens
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I hope you get rain!  We have no forecast for rain here, just the "Red Ball of Hate" as far as the eye can see.  Nonetheless, I am starting my Fall garden under shade, and the plants aren't dying for a change!

 
John Polk
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We've had vanishing rain in the weather forecast recently, which the sage wasn't fooled by. One of the other names for these bushes is barometer bush because the are so good for predicting incoming rain. I wish I knew more information like this that I could glean from watching the garden grow.

In 1900, when 38% of our population earned their living from the land, knowledge such as this was common.
Fast-forward to 2000, when 2% of our population still farmed, and such knowledge has been lost.
Kids now believe that chickens grow in shrink-wrapped packages, and peas grow in frozen packages.

Sigh.
 
John Weiland
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@Tyler L: " .....just the "Red Ball of Hate" as far as the eye can see."

That must be followed by what Cormac McCarthy famously referred to as the "..evening redness in the West".  
 
Tyler Ludens
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"Sailor's delight" = Gardener's sadness
 
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