Friday is here and its time for walk through the garden. We are under severe water restrictions and can only water using a hose and sprayer with shutoff. Its time to prioritize and not waste water. The Rudbeckia is a strong plant and one that blooms until October so I will definitely be watering this one. It will be interesting to see which plants survive this drought we are having. It’s supposed to rain about 5mm tonight but I doubt it will give us much relief. What we need is a few good heavy rains to help not only our gardens but the forest fires that are out of control in this province.
Crocosmia seem to come up everywhere in the garden. It was dug up and divided a few years ago and looks better in its new home next to the Rudbeckia. The Crocosmia grows from corms which are small bulbs and easily moved. The reds and yellows of fall are in bloom in July. Like everything this year we are about a month ahead.
Phlox stands tall along the outside of the rose arbor. This ones perfume can be intoxicating. I love it.
Japanese Anemone is already out and again I haven’t dug up some of this plant to give away. This one really spreads and as a tall plant it needs a home at the back of the border, not the front. It’s very early this year. I think of it as one of those perennials that signals fall’s arrival.
Dahlia ‘Park Princess’ steals the show this week. I think I finally found the perfect home for this plant. It has struggled in other locations and likes its new full sun location.
The last of the poppies are still in bloom.I am busy collecting seeds to share in the fall. Note the morning glory hiding there in the back. It loves this garden but the gardener does not love it back.
Calendula surprised me by returning this year. I found it a floppy plant in this garden so we will see how it does this year. Its bright orange flowers make me smile.
One plant that I think will be the standout during this drought is Potentilla. We call this Jake’s shrub as he loves to use it as a scratching post. It doesn’t seem to bother the plant. Look how well its flowering. This shrub gets very little watering at all. Its location makes it hard to reach with a hose.
This year I wanted a green and purple themed garden along the front walkway. I planted Zinnia ‘Green Envy’ with Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ and a front edging of Snapdragon ‘Purple Prince’. I like the colour combination but wish the ‘Green Envy’ had been more consistent with its colour and double flowers. Read about the many faces of Green Envy here. The Snapdragons are in bloom but not doing as well as expected. Many flowers haven’t liked the heat this year and will do better as we cool down a bit.
Okay, I mentioned fall colour and here it is. My Heather which has grown to three feet across and tall in a large container is changing colour. Its done so well over the years I am afraid to move it to change the soil but it needs to be done. I love the way it changed colour to this orangey pink.
Update: By the time I posted this it has started to rain for the first time in ages. I can hear the plants sighing with relief and so am I. The Rhododendron I was given in late spring has its leaves fully open. Throughout this heat and long period of no rain its leaves were curled. I thought for sure I hadn’t watered enough and it hadn’t made the move from a friend’s home to mine. Fortunately the curled response in the leaves was a reaction to the heat. They look lovely today and the temperatures are down to 60F. It’s a sudden drop in temperature but a welcome one for the plants.