I picked the 'Mini King' Protea flower and some Leucadendron stems and made a bouquet with them and some purchased purple Chrysanthemums. Colors don't quite work, but we needed some flowers indoors, because going outdoors has been unbearable.
Oblivious to the heat, apparently, is Anenome 'Pretty Lady Emily', a souvenir of the 2013 Garden Blogger's Fling.
This Mamillaria gracillis 'Snowflake' was acquired at last weekend's Succulent symposium. Eventually this solitary 3/4" (2 cm) plant will form a pile of these little globes 8 or 10" wide (20-25 cm). One internet comment says it can take considerable summer water for a Mamillaria, and considerable winter rain for--any plant.
Last week, a day or two before it got hot, I had my
Room for three new roses! Maybe.
As to the other three, one rose was in steep decline; it had a wonderful root system and the soil was moist--so that's a puzzle. Two more have never ever done well. I assumed the root systems would be pitiful--no, they were big and strong and healthy. Why they never thrived--no idea.
We got three minutes of pouring rain on Wednesday when it was 95F. The lens of my camera steamed up. I wanted to go stand out in the rain like Andy Dufresne just crawled out of the sewer, but there was lightning.
'Souvenir de la Malmaison', like the Anemone also oblivious to heat and reduced irrigation. She's been a champ all summer.
Old ladies rule!
I harvested the pumpkins because the vines shriveled in the heat. Their mission was complete, anyway.
A few plants have died, though not from the heat or drought. Aloe broomii, after appearing to establish and growing more beautiful, suddenly showed rot at the center. When I examined it closely, I saw gall mite engulfing the stem at the base. Outta here. One of the cherry trees has died. Ant nest at the root system, apparently. I checked its drip tubing, and the soil was getting sufficient moisture. The ant bait I have put out where ants appear to nest did not help.
No more hedge for a while. It was where the pink line was.
Another thing done right before it got hot--I removed the boxwood hedge around the empty fountain--either too much sun, too much reflected heat, or a disease. They had a lot of dead areas mixed in with healthy. The removal was done with regret--I liked that hedge. Long-term, a Myrtus communis hedge will be far healthier and save water. The Myrtus will be planted this autumn. The black-foliaged Lagerstroemia would look mighty nice if that fountain was a planter. I've tried a couple of times to get someone to break out the bottom so the fountain could be a planter, but no takers for the job. I would do it myself but it's beyond me. Do you ever get stuck? You want to accomplish things but nothing goes right? Maybe Monday, things will be better. Cool weather makes everything seem more possible.