Really it is not as bad if you plan for it with plants that take that kind of heat. Around mid-July, I did a post titled, Garden in July – Dusty Doldrums of Summer. The garden held up OK through July and some of the plants are still blooming like a banshee. I did not have to plant any sizzling cactus yet though.
I concur that having unending drought month after month like my area has experienced can take a toll on enthusiasm and turn smiles to frowns. The storms have been hit-and-miss depending on where you live. Here they keep missing. Local weather people keep pushing the wonderful weather we are having or telling us of a great week of weather that lies ahead. Seriously? The garden says no, we want rain!
Watering the garden every four days is a chore that makes my blood boil. If you want tall plants standing strong and not flopping like a limp noodle, you water.
The native plants like aster, monarda, phlox and agastashe look rather tired and dry. The scabiosa, butterflyweed and sage also are a bit weary. Even the diehard dry-weather plants like lavender, Perovskia and verbena are asking for water. The Rudbeckia is only 16 inches tall, a midget compared to most years. Coneflowers are crisping.
So what seems unphased? The petunias, verbena, zinnias, gaillardia, osteospermum, gazanzia, and to my surprise, the snapdragon. See a pattern? Not all are pampered in containers either.
The August garden is a bit less tidy because I quit tending it, but it still offers up a lot of color, just a lot more green.
Just seeing that CA may be in for an El Niño surprise, I looked at the prediction maps for here. Just as suspected and what we are experiencing, it looks to be less than average rainfall for us this El Niño. Boy has this weather made a topsy-turvy about-face.
So what is in store this week? I am in Pennsylvania with a group of Buffalo buds. That’s Buffalo gardening folks on their way to see gardens. I feel a bit like a tour guide myself since I will be on my real home turf. I plan to take you guys along to give you a Pennsylvania welcome too.
PA has some real humid, scorching weather in the +90°F range this week. Grab your sun hats, shorts, sunglasses, and get your Philly swagger on, you’re hitting the Main Line of Philadelphia. Gotta get me the famous Philadelphia cheese steak, but watch them have spicy Buffalo wings sizzling on the sidewalk. Wipe your sweat-furrowed brow, off we go.
More of my containers, Container Gardening and Cluster Theory – In Garden Design. Good bye garden, hope you are alive when I get back.