It seemed the only plants surviving this summer where the roses, my new wisteria and a small lantana that I had thrown off to the side as an afterthought. Even trying to water daily was an absurdity against the 110 average days of July and August.
So here's my biggest learnings.....
- Water, water, water - even during water restrictions and late nights at work - find an alternate. I'm liking the idea of the plant nanny and several bottles of wine.
- Make your lasagna garden in the fall! That way you have at least 6 months of leaves, rain, snow and ice to break down your paper, et al.
- When the plant label states 'shade loving' its gotta stay covered! DUH! (red impatients...i'm so sorry!)
- Nip those weeds in the bud - literally! Otherwise, you'll pay your teenage nephew to pull for 2 hours to get them all out! (he did a great job too - well worth the $$)
Plants that did well -
- Roses - mainly President Kennedy and Miss Oklahoma...go figure.
- Red budded Salvia - fills out great and will definitely be a filler next year.
- Lantana - pink that I planted in the ground - filled out - but eventually succumed to drought.
- Lantana - yellow/red mix that I threw off to the side in the shade...hum - seems to be very green right now - but no blooms.
- Wisteria - still looks good
- Blackberry bush - started vining and was really green - had little berries. I tried one before they were ripe - probably about a week too early, then much to my surprise - little birds ate all the good berries within the next week.
- Hostas - were beautiful in the shade...until the August
- Coleus - still going strong under the patio
- Black Pepper plant - never changed appearance throughout the summer
- Plants that failed....probably mostly by my own hand
- Impatients...ugh - I love these little plants - but give them a 1/2 a day of sunshine and 110 heat and their outa here.
- Hibiscus....some days your were pretty - some days you weren't....don't think i'll try you again next year.
- Mr. Lincoln rose....never grew, never bloomed - nothing..I feel like its April 1865 allover again!
- Variegated Wiegela...planted from a starter and just went no where.
- Astilbe - probably my favorite in the flowerbeds, beside the roses - but your flower buds were a little sad and dull in color.
- Boxwoods - your boring, yet still alive.
- Petunias and Geranium hanging baskets - you were so beautiful through most of July - but the heat was our downfall - so sorry - will definitely try again next year!
- Last but not least....Tomato plant - grew tall within the cage - but not one single fruit did you bare.