Can't believe it has been August for a few weeks already! It is finally cooling down here to the 90's, a big improvement. .I assure you! We have had another good rain, and a few evenings with cooler temps and sprinkles. .with some showers in the forecast for the next two evenings(by that I mean more than a 20% chance). Thought I would take a minute to pen an update on my gardens.
I find that right now the garden looks better if you are crouched down low enough to block out brown grass and weeds and grasshopper ravished foliage and burnt up plants. Then things look nice! The crapemyrtle Zuni are still blooming. They offer several months of great looking blooms and color. I'm thinking about adding in a bright pink somewhere. I especially relish the colors of the Fat Albert Spruce trees now too. That glorious blue/green color. Yum! They have been planted for about 5 years or so and are mulched in with a little supplemental water from the drippers in the bed as well as the tractor sprinkler when it goes across the lawn (or the section of my yard full of weeds that I CALL the lawn). These two spruce trees have fared well through the drought.
These annual red salvia have done well next to the waterfall. I haven't tried growing them before, but I think they will pass my "can you survive western Ks climate test." They'll probably make a repeat showing next year. You also might note the spruce tree to the left behind them that DIDN'T do so well in the drought. At the end of the month, I will be replacing him with an agave plant, that will hopefully like the microclimate in this location a little better!
And not all is lost. .You may remember that a friend from work and I traded out some plants in May? This oak-leafed hydrangea has been "dead" for the last 2 months. .not a sign of life anywhere, until I pulled it out of the ground yesterday morning. A LEAF!! HAHAHAHAHA! Bring it on baby. I also see growth on several of the daylilies I snagged from her, which is hopeful. They also died completely back to nothing but 1-2 short green shoots.
These were the sprouts of what I had hoped were the Red Sun sunflowers. After I saw the first one blooming and it wasn't red, I left the rest only because it was the only promise of flowers I had left! I did notice a monarch on one yesterday. .we have been short of butterflys this summer it seems. So I was glad to see one!
This little black eyed susan vine fought with himself every day for 6 weeks after I planted him as to whether he would live or die. .apparently he decided to live and now flourish. I keep intending to tie him up to the bedframe trellis, but haven't gotten it done yet. I'm hoping that soon the cardinal vine next to it will add some blossoms to its pretty foliage.
This little guy is cute too. The boys each got a packet of sunflower mixes when they went to the Wichita garden show in March. Few of them have survived, but this one started blooming last week!! Loving it!
The jalepenos are getting some fruit on them now too. The bell plants are looking bad all of the sudden, and I don't know if they will produce or not. The tomato plants look sad. .but I am hopeful that the change in temperatures will be favorable for fruit set. .and at least I might enjoy some fried green tomatoes this fall, even if they never ripen!
I'm hoping to soon sow my tomatoes and some peppers to grow in the greenhouse this winter. I am considering doing cukes in there as well, but haven't decided for sure about the logistics of that.
We have been swimming a few times this week and we have our annual camping trip coming up this weekend. So I guess we will all be ready for school to start on Monday!!
Enjoy your week!!