How the garden survived; The front yard edition.08:29:00
Three weeks is a long time away from the garden, especially when I know its going to be 30 degrees or more for pretty much the entirety of the time we go away at this time of year. This means that little or no watering gets done.
Obviously there are some plants I'd hate to see perish, the Dahlia's of course being no exception but I guess its part and parcel of holidays and with some good planning* and plain old hope that it rains enough, the garden I know will survive.
Fortunetely for us we did have a few gardening fairies who kept things humming along and they may have just saved the front garden this year. When we pulled up in the driveway on our arrival home last week and saw that we were blessed with these beautiful Agapanthas, I couldn't have been more thankful for the recent rain and watering and of course how clever I was to plant them. Pat on the back for me!! They are survivors and I think I may just have to plant some more.
I did a bit of a tidy before we went away and now with all the flowering pretty much finished in this bed as well as a few annuals dying back, you can clearly see how dry the bed is and all the gaps that are lying in wait to be filled up again.
I think I'm going to have to do some cuttings and split some of the other plants; Iris', grasses and Lirope to fill these gaps once the weather cools again.
Phew!! Though a bit tired, sunburnt and very thirsty, the Hydraengeas survived. I might just get a good bunch yet for inside before I de-head them in the next few days for a new flush…fingers crossed!
Woopsie! The poor Daisy. A sad and sorry tale for a few plants out in the garden, including a Salvia that was going great guns and my Lavender bush that prolifically flowered only a month ago. I also purposely let the Fox Glove die and go to seed and I am hoping it will have spread its wings all over the garden bed for Spring this year. There are good things too about plants dying in the garden.
Unfortunetley when plants get a bit stressed, pests and diseases can take over. This Gerbera is a perfect example. Though it flowers and grows profusely, it is growing next to a 'Slim Dusty' Rose that is a tad under watered and I suspect may be the culprit. I thought it was getting eaten by earwigs, but an Instagram follower has informed me thats its brown rust and that I will have to get rid of the infected leaves and apply some fungicide. Ill keep you posted on it. It should be okay as look at all the new foliage coming through.
This Dahlia below, growing in the same garden bed as the above specimen is fairing a lot better as you can see with lots of healthy foliage. I think its going to be a pink one.
Elm beetles have struck and they are striking very hard. Nearly all the trees at the end of our street are looking very sad from their incessant feeding. The beetles eat and eat and eat all the leaves which eventually will kill them. These trees are decades old, perhaps even as old as the town and it will be a shame to let the beetles take over, especially as the whole street is lined with these trees. Hopefully the council can spray them to protect these beauties for next summer. They are fantastic for shade when its hot here.
That is how the garden has survived in the heat while we were away. Obviously there is heaps more I could show you, but I think you get the jist. Ill have a report on the back yard…(Hmmm, yeah not too good) for you next week and in the mean time ill be enjoying my evening watering sessions of the garden. Its so relaxing!!
Is your garden surviving the summer so far?
Im on the succulents train too. I love them. You?
Thanks for visiting today
*As an avid gardener I am fully aware of how important planning for the heat is. So important in fact that I plan to plan much better for next year. I feel a blog post coming on...