beating the heat

19 Jul

The weather lately has been brutal.  We always have a few weeks of very hot, dry weather, but this has been severe even for us–3 weeks of temperatures above 90 degrees, 13 days above 100, and 2 weeks with no rain.  Despite the heat, some flowers are not just surviving, they are multiplying.  Flower beds on the west side of the yard are protected by a row of bushes that cast shadows and filter the sunlight during the worst of the afternoon heat.  I water every 5 days, not just a sprinkle but a real soaking until water stands on the ground (except the veg garden, which is watered whenever the tomato reservoirs are empty–see ‘first tomato’ post of  6/22/12).  Even so, with about half the grass having turned brown from the heat, it’s surprising how many flowers seem to be doing well.

The datura is in the sun all day.  Its self-protective device seems to be to close up its flowers during the worst of the day, opening only mornings and evenings.Other flowers, located in semi-protected beds and doing well include purple loosestrife,bee balm,rose of sharon,garden phlox,cone flowers,  and shasta daisies.Coreopsis, which normally blooms throughout the season, is struggling but still hanging in there.Spirea, which normally stops blooming when it gets too hot, is trying to rebloom,and spiderwort, which I cut back after it started to yellow and go dormant, is trying to rebloom, too.I do what I can to help the garden through this tough weather, but in the end Mother Nature determines what will survive and thrive.

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2 Responses to “beating the heat”

  1. L Kassly August 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Hello Donna…thanks for the info and the tour of your garden flowers…I’ve sent this on to many who have little knowledge of flowers…hope you don’t mind 🙂 Happy summer to you and hope to see you on down the road! ❤ 🙂

  2. Donna's Garden August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    Good to hear from you and glad you could stop by my garden. Share with anyone you like. Nothing like having visitors to the garden to make all the work worthwhile. Hope to see you soon.

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