The Rock Wall

Posted August 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

Charlotte Wiggins (the Gardening to Distraction columnist) said this week, “I hope it’s only speculation that once goldenrod is in bloom, a frost is six weeks away.”

We’re going to have to get her and Walt Truitt together on their frost forecast. Walt has a system for West Texas that I told you about. I have not gotten back with him to see what system he has developed for Southwest Missouri.

I know that several years ago when we drove to

Tulsa several times in the spring for a dentist to see me, that area was a long ways ahead of us on spring things.

Maybe you can help me find out about a little mystery that happened while we were on the way to Tulsa.

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    The Rock Wall

    In past years, the peak fall color has averaged around Oct. 15, so we have been watching to see what effect the drought has on color this year.

    Monday morning, Oct. 15, I told Kimball that the oak and hickory trees north of our house looked the best I’d seen them. I also said I can never tell when the peak hits until a day or two later.

    I’m thinking today, Tuesday, that Monday was it.

    The sugar maples don’t play by oak rules.

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