Saturday, July 12, 2008

Blooming in the hot hot sun.

After so long a span of murk, mist, drizzle and rain, and even sleet -- since the middle of last August --I think I forgot that we CAN have weather like this: cloudless, hot, continuous, beautiful....desiccating. And suddenly I realize the garden is keeling over, holding its throat and coughing dust. Oh, sorry, I'll get the hose. But at least the xerophiles are managing,

especially Santolina, a Mediterranean native that can't get enough sun.

It makes a nice background for Echinacea pupurea, which can also handle the heat.

In the same bed, and of a completely different palette, Gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides, is in flower. No, it's not wilting. It's supposed to look like that. However, it is probably the recent heat and dryness that this year is keeping this native of eastern Asia in check. In wetter times it tends to run amok. It's an interesting plant, with a strobilating inflorescence, quite different from its Eurasian congener Lysimachia punctata, whose flowers appear in whorls associated with whorls of leaves along the top third of stems.

No pictures of the rest of the garden until after a bit of hydration. Again, plants, sorry. I didn't see it coming.


swamp4me said...

So, how hot is hot in your neck of the woods?

Hugh said...

Oh, you know. 80 F or so. And humid? Not really.

But it's all relative. There are generaly two seasons here: October and November. So this is a shock to the collective system, animal and vegetable.

BerryBird said...

That Echinacea photo is gorgeous!