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.