Summer Woes, 2023 Edition: Goodbye, red oak; hello, full sun
|Measuring the trunk's diameter at chest height|
Under the brutal sun, the only things that are truly thriving are the Leucophyllum frutescens and Yucca pallida, though I hope some of the other native plants will bounce back from the roots, or reseed, once temps cool down and we get some rain. I dug up all the irises (mostly white cemetery irises, with a few from Lucinda) and will either move them to a more hospitable spot, or give them away. They can tolerate drought, but they really don't like this sustained heat; all their tips have browned and they look sad. I divided them two years ago, but many didn't bloom this past spring.
Now all that's left is a pile of mulch. (We got some good firewood, too, sob.) With the red oak gone, it's looking a lot like West Texas out front, minus the gravelly soil.