You know it’s pretty dismal when we are in the middle of summer, and I have 1 day to write about sunshine. The sun came out this morning, although dregs of Chantal in the southeast are threatening the northeast with more rain for the upcoming week.
I generally complain about the weather at this time of year, but mostly owing to the seasonal drought that occurs every summer. July has been exceptionally wet this year. Fortunately, we landscaped our yard to deal with excess rain, so it must have rained a lot the first year we lived here, although drought has been the rule in the past few years.
Our yard slopes from high ground in the front along the street to a rain garden we established at the back of our lot where I have several shrubs including Choke Cherry (a native plant sometimes called bird cherry because birds love the fruits). (Chokecherries below)
The rain garden is doing fine, and the rain barrels are full, so I can’t complain about that. However, the plants along the front yard that like dry conditions are rotting. I pulled out the Shasta daisies in the front bed this morning…rotten to the core. Now who ever saw Shasta daisies rot?
I am very pleased with the container plants. Normally, I can’t keep up with the watering or else I go nuts and over water everything, but this year, Mother Nature is doing the watering including the containers and apparently, she, unlike me, does not overwater things.
The Heliotrope and Helicrysum I have tried to grow year after year, and which love the dry Southern California climate (where I saw them in the Children’s Garden in the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitis), are doing well. They love sun and water that doesn’t hang around. I planted them in a Cretan clay pot I bought last year. I love them. (the floppy neighbor in the pot at the top of the photo is an overgrown hydrangea).
Heliotrope = plant that follows the sun.
Helicrysum =helisso (to turn around) and chrysos (gold).
Both are herbs that produce an essential oil.