Hi, everybody -- Welcome to Apocalypse Gardens!
We're in the midst of an Exceptional Drought, according to the USDA, and verified by this 8 Ball squash plant.
These are the sights that greeted me upon my arrival home from lush, green, moist Seattle.
Dead 'Black Hawk' black raspberry
There will be no Great Pumpkin this year, Charlie Brown. Neither compost nor mulch nor drip irrigation spared the pumpkin seedlings from Helios' death rays. They simply disappeared. (Naturally, the nut grass lives on.)
Who stole the pumpkin patch?
All the plants in these beds get drip irrigation twice a week. When (not if) Austin moves to the next stage of water restrictions, we'll be restricted to watering once a week, unless watering with a hand-held hose.
Normally, I would be cutting back the roses, salvias and flame acanthus, in anticipation of fall. Under these conditions, however, it seems unwise to cue any suffering plant to put on new foliage or buds, so I'm leaving them alone for now. Click here to see what this grouping looked like two years ago.
'Mutabilis' and 'Dame du Coeur' roses, flame acanthus, 'Hot Lips' salvia
Drought-tolerant does not mean drought-proof, as these 'Bright Lights' cosmos testify.
'Bright Lights' cosmos
Even the sunflowers are drooping. And who can blame them? We've had temperatures over 100°F for weeks, the sunlight has been extremely intense, and we've had less than two inches of rain in the past three months.
There are a few plants that are blooming despite the drought, though. And the survivors are:
dwarf pomegranate -- blooms and fruit,
Here's hoping your GBBD is less dry and more bloomy than mine! Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting GBBD. Visit her GBBD page for August to see what's blooming all over the globe.
Words and photos © 2009-2011 Caroline Homer for "The Shovel-Ready Garden". Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.