A+ rating for drought tolerance…Yucca ‘Color Guard’ with Jackman’s Blue Rue, Succulents, Sedums and dwarf conifers. Oh yes, and the amazing yet vicious Solanum quitoense.
Not sure if I am truly sorry to see the summer of 2016 end. There have been days that I’ve thought that an early frost would be a blessing as I dragged hoses about, trying to coax vibrancy into a garden getting more tarnished looking by the day. The forecast for rain never proved to be true, and the number of very hot days set a record. Still, the optimistic gardener within always wins out. Yesterday, I walked about the garden to see what plantings held their own despite the cursed weather. Here’s what I saw.
The Oakleaf Hydrangea ‘Peewee’, with flowers aging to russet brown, but with fresh foliage, despite no irrigation.
Crambe maritima (Sea Kale) thrived, and swallowed up the younger plants nearby.
Agastache ‘Black Adder’, with nearby Amsonia hubrictii beginning to turn golden for fall.
Deep rooted Lespedeza ‘Gibralter’ could have cared less about the drought.
Little Eucomis ‘Dark Star’, petty in flower and in leaf, with nearby red Heuchera
Succulents by the road fended for themselves admirably
Fruit finally formed during the 3rd week of August on the giant pumpkin. We’ll see…..
Our overly ambitious cut flower garden….did I know I wouldn’t have extra time for fresh arrangements, ands planted Celosia and Gomphrena which could also be cut and then dried?
You are not seeing the mildewed foliage (intentionally), of the lovely Queen Red Lime Zinnia…
The blush pink beauty of Dahlia ‘Cafe au Lait’
And so, as I prepare for fall, certainly all was not lost. The garden gave us butterflies and bees, and yes, beauty, in addition to many challenges. I am game for next year…are you?