Monthly Archives: July 2012

Dogs and Drought

David and I went to Nova Scotia with his family for 5 days in the midst of one of the Piedmont’s worst heat waves.  Our kids watered the container plants while we were gone.  It didn’t occur to me that the long-established perennials, shrubs and trees would suffer as well.  Their burnt, shrunken foliage – along with the damage the dogs are doing as they dash through the yard – has made this my most discouraging summer in the garden.

Halcyon – April 15

July 22

Gift hosta from Roger and Lynn – April 15

July 22

Gift hosta from Mona and Scott – April 15

July 22

Mini Penny hydrangea – May 11

July 22

How a mophead hydrangea blossom is supposed to look in July

How it actually looks

This oakleaf hydrangea blossom should be pink

Yet I made the rounds of the garden centers last weekend to BUY MORE PLANTS.  I may be insane.

The hostas that I planted several years ago on the north side of the house – isn’t the north side supposed to be shady? – get fried every year.  My neighbor across the fence has sun-loving plants at that fence, and they look happy.  (I’m a little slow making these connections.)  With sweat running into my eyes and dripping off my nose, I moved the hostas to a shadier spot and replaced them with blackeyed susans, Russian sage, forsythia, and salvia.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for their survival as I water them every other day, awaiting a ground-soaking rain.