Saturday, August 21, 2010

Summer's Last Stand?

Don't we hope?  Ninety-six degrees today, watering wilted and shriveled plants, mostly in the containers and the baskets to no avail.  The children are going back to school, the the pools are closing, oops - our pool was forced by the community to stay open until labor day, and jackets were the mode of attire in the morning hours a year ago.

The border has done well even in this heat, however, the roses have taken a break - very short on bloom this year.

I did get the boxwood trimmed somewhat.  I had to be careful not to cut off the coleus.

My poor Amaranthus Love Lies Bleeding trying to survive under the Miscanthus.  This was not a good choice for this lovely plant.

Euphorbia Diamond Frost is an annual and has really taken off in the heat although it also will survive in the cooler weather.  It is a great plant to bring inside and pair with Pointsettas for the holidays.

Corydalis has bloomed all spring and summer with the Wintercreepter on the north side of the house.  It is somewhat invasive, but I left it alone this year for the color it added to all of the green.

Normally, it would be too late to trim annuals, but you know what, I think I am going to go for it.  Who knows, we may have this weather for another three months.  You cannot put in mums and cabbages in this weather.  I'll bet Home Depot will hold back on their big deliveries this year.  Costco had a small sampling today, and I wanted to tell the lady buying the huge pots of mums that they'll be done in a week with this weather.
Dicentra Eximia growing on the north side under Solomon's Seal has been blooming all summer.

The New Guniea Impatiens in my concrete planters have performed better than ever in this heat.  Of course, they also like water every day!

Echinacea Mango Meadowbrite

I am having a fireplace screen installed on Monday, because it gets so cold in our family room with the downdraft, what do we need a fireplace for?  Right now I am turning the ceiling fan up a notch in the same room.  This is the time of year that I usually have the furnace man make a visit to check things out, but I am wondering if we even need a furnace!  I know the heat is really getting to me, but it is hard to imagine coolness after almost fifty days above eighty, nineteen of them above 90.

I hope you enjoy some of the flowers that have survived.


Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Hot or not, you showed us some beautiful parts of your garden with gorgeous blooms!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Eileen. I like the looks of your Mango Meadowbrite echinacea. Always looking for new ones to add in. Your garden still looks good to me girl.
I wonder if it will be just as strange this winter and be more snow and cold as the strange heat we have had this summer.Not a pleasant thought is it, forget I mentioned it. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Dear Eileen, I am filled, no, bowled over, with admiration at the way in which you have kept your garden looking so alive and fresh against what seem to me to have been near impossible odds. What heat, and for how much longer? But, whatever, do enjoy the garden for you have worked so hard to make it so lovely.

Karen said...

Eileen, looking at your pictures, you'd never think you were having such a difficult summer! Your gardens are beautiful, which is a direct result of your diligent, expert care.

I'm going to try growing the Diamond Frost as a houseplant, what a great idea!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tatyana, I have only showed you the good ones. I really do have some container that will be going in the trash.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, Mango Meadowbrite is a whispy type coneflower but it has bloomed all summer, much better than Art's Pride Meadowbrite - petered out early.

I really do have some awful looking plants because of the heat - no pictures.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Edith, I gave up today and began cutting down the awful looking plants that I felt have done their best. My phlox has been wonderful this year even in the heat, blooming over and over.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen, believe me I have lots of dead looking container plants and I am doing lots of cutting back. I'll give them a couple of weeks to see if they will come back.

I am going to try the Diamond Frost inside this fall. We'll see if it lasts until the holidays!


Cottage Garden said...

I do feel for you Eileen - I can't imagine dealing with those temps for that amount of time! We were struggling after our 3 week 'heatwave'!

Good to see the flowers that have survived - hope you get some lovely cool breezes soon!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

We are a little cooler today, in the mid 80's. I hope it stays this way for awhile so I can at least get something done outside.


GardenJoy4Me said...

Eileen girl ! I can't believe you still have that horrible heat there .. we have rain and cooler temps which make my garden nightmare a little easier .. it is horrible to look out and not be "IN" the garden doing things .. weeding is way ahead of my mulch ! I grew "Love lays Bleeding" amaranthus ? is it years ago and it was impressive indeed ! I love Diamond Frost euphorbia but they didn't have that exact one here this year .. it doesn't perform as well as DF !
I don't have a corydalis yet in my garden .. I would love the really BLUE one I will have to order one from a mail order nursery next year. Hey I think you are so right about Home Depot and Costco .. I saw the same thing happening .. I bought one with a great purple grass in the middle and it never even got to the front step ! LOL
Hang in there girl !
Joy : )

Gatsbys Gardens said...

It was a little better today 85 degrees. I am actually cutting things down in the garden already. I even went to the nursery looking for cabbages. I am really getting excited about decorating for fall.