Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

I know, another movie but somehow a lot of movie titles apply to gardening.  The good is that we had  rain up to eight inches in twelve hours. We really needed rain because of the prolonged heat and dryness.  The bad is that the rain was torrential, many streets flooded, whole communities were shut down as were parts of the expressway, power outages and flooded basements.  The ugly is what many of us have left in our gardens, irretrievable plants that I will have to cut down, whipped grasses and fallen tomato plants.

These Beckys did not look too bad but when I went to prop them up many of the stems were broken.

Becky in the front was a little further along so I was almost ready to cut back even before the storm.

I still have some pretty blooms left that have survived but most everything looks a little beat up.  Guess what, the Japanese beetles survived still chomping away on my rose buses, dahlias and numerous other goodies
This cucumber trellis from Gardener's Supply is working!
The Dura Cage could not hold up to the weight of the Beefsteak tomato.  Because it is made of plastic, the legs broke under the weight.  It is a great design, but the material is not suitable to hold up the large tomatoes.  I will contact the company and let them know they have a good idea with the wrong material.

Variegated Heliopsis loves the heat and certainly didn't mind the rain.

Tetrina's Daughter weathered the storm.

Heuchera Villosa Purpurea
The flowers are lovely but they got hit hard also.  I just can't cut them yet.

Pink Knockout
I will have my work cut out for me the beginning of the week, mostly cutting down the Becky Shastas (they were so big they just could not withstand the downpours).  I am really wrapping my mind around fall right now, bought some fake pumpkins at the craft store to ready them for container decorations.  I cannot use real pumpkins because the squirrels instantly eat them.  If you spray the fake ones with marine varnish, they hold up very well outside.  Don't worry, I am not putting them out in July or even August!
Lemon Queen Heliopsis


meemsnyc said...

It's great that you had rain. We had a little rain today, but nothing substantial. I'm sorry that the rain pummeled your flowers.

Abbie said...

yup, my echinaceas took a similar beating to your shastas -- stems beyond repair.It made me realize I need some containers in the wings to repair visual holes when disaster strikes...

Karen said...

Oh, how I can relate to your post. We have had more rain than sunshine this entire summer. It seems we swing from one extreme to the other, doesn't it? At least today we had 24 hours without a drop of rain which was SO wonderful! I'm glad you didn't have any severe damage.


Edith Hope said...

Dear Eileen, As gardeners we do want it all - rain [but not too heavy], sun [but not too hot] and no wind at all!!

However, adverse weather conditions do focus one's thoughts on what to select for next year - which will always be better and more beautiful of course!!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting meemsysc, I saw that you have tomatoes already. I only have one so far and one cucumber! I had forgotten how ogood a homegrown cucumber tastes.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Abbie, my coneflowers seemed to weather the storm. I know what you mean about having some pots ready. I don't like seeing the gaps. Maybe I will start some ornamental cabbage next year and then it will last until December.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Karen, I guess I am glad I have photos of everything this year. Before blogging, I used to forget what the garden looked like.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Edith, you are correct. I am already plotting what I will and will not grow next year. That is usually an activity I save for the winter, but this year I am starting early.


Roses and Lilacs said...

Your Heliopsis is wonderful. Maybe this fall when I remake some beds I can find a place for one of those.

The rain made a mess of my tall phlox and agastache too. Can't complain too much, could have been worse. My sister and brother are both pumping water out of their basements.

RainGardener said...

Hi Eileen, So sorry about all the damage from the rain but glad you got it to wet everything down a bit. Isn't that just like the pests to survive a storm so they can continue eating away at your prize flowers? I just love the foliage on your varigated Heliopsis - that is so pretty!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I know Marnie, we are lucky we did not get water in the basement. I was just praying our pumps did not go out That heliopsis is very striking and blooms all season, about 24 - 30" high. I am sorry I can't remember the exact name.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Rain Gardener, I wish I could remember the name of that heliopsis.


threedogsinagarden said...

I use those fake pumkins in my containers too. You are way ahead of me in thinking of fall. I notice subtle shifts in the weather- it is colder in the mornings now- but I am trying not to think of fall just yet.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

We have had such a hot summer, I can only think it will get cooler. I went looking for the fake pumpkins last year in August and they had very little left to pick from. My neighboored begins decorating for fall when the children go back to school!