How does your garden grow?
Well, I'm not Mary, but I am contrary! You almost have to be to garden in Texas! Why? The heat! Here's the scoop: 111 degrees F today is the prediction. Temperatures have been ranging between 105 and 111 degrees for over a week, over 100 degrees for over a month, with no end in sight. Lows in high 80's - last night's low was 88.
How does the garden stand it? Is there anything alive out there? Gardeners all over Texas are complaining. So, I thought I needed to post how it's affecting my garden. Let's take a tour:
The front looks good and green. Dwarf Indian Hawthorns look remarkably well, Ebb Tide and Julia Child are blooming, although Julia has a case of rust (she's shaded until late in the day). The jasmine on the arbor is growing like crazy, and I need to tie it up - it's just been too hot to work outside much!
James Galway resides behind Ebb Tide, and he's full of leaves:
Except his new growth is getting burned:
We walk around to the boxwood lined beds:
The boxwood is not fazed by the heat, and has new growth on it. There are not a lot of plants in this area, as I'm in the middle of re-doing it. The lantana has seen better days, but it looked this way last year, so I'm not concerned.
This bring us around to the walking garden.
Which is still inviting.
Even though this camellia's leaves are burned:
The south side looks pretty good:
Except I've had to replace a couple of plants that died due to drought. (The cannas are the replacement.)
The north side is also holding up well:
In fact, this bed is surprising me with blooms. I never expected anything to bloom in this heat! Yes, I need to mow, but again - I can only do so much in this heat.
Some of the tender blooms are showing signs of burning:
But this bed still has the capacity to enchant:
Moving on, the pond garden is always refreshingly green, but the water plants don't like the excessive heat. The lotus looks bad every year, and then usually makes a surprising come back when the weather cools a bit. I hope this year will be no exception.
We're arriving now at main rose garden. A lot of the companion plantings are cut down right now.
And most of the roses are resting, but there are still a few that continue to delight me with their capacity to bloom in this heat:
We walk east to a newly planted bed. This bed has the most casualties. I'm starting to pull them out and replace them. These plants all died from the drought.
Not everything died, though, and there are parts that look pretty good.
Do you see the dead rose (below)? Look closely - a new plant is coming up from its roots. I have yet to cut down the dead parts, but I'll get to it eventually! Something else to do on my ever-expanding list of garden chores, which is getting longer every day this heat wave continues. I work outside in the morning, but only for an hour or two. I want to work for many more years in the future, and am not willing to risk heat exhaustion.
Moving on, we pass by a few knockouts:
The only knockouts that are not doing well are the ones that were not getting sufficient water. The flower carpet roses look fine. Weeds always grow, no matter the weather. Just something else to put on my list!
I've never posted a tour of my garden, and I didn't expect to do one under these types of circumstances. But I am pleased with my garden. Given the heat and stress it is undergoing right now, I think it looks pretty good. No, make that - given the heat and stress, I think it looks great! I have to thank my husband for working so hard to give it the water it needs.
That's my garden. All these pictures were taken this morning. In a couple of weeks, things may look worse. Or better! There's always hope that something will break this heat wave!