Oppressive Blanket of Heat

Just a week or two of high temperatures with no rain can transform a pretty garden to dry crusty leaves, dead flowers, and limp stems and foliage.

For the first half of July, everything still looked pretty good.  The Vitex on the left had finished blooming and the Pink Coneflowers still had some flowers.  I recently pruned the Vitex in the hopes that it will bloom again this fall.

Hardy Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) last a long time:  from mid spring until mid July, depending on the weather .  Their refreshing look makes me happy.  But everything has its limits.  100 plus temperatures and dry heat with no relief buries us all.

This year a whole swarth of them came up among the Mexican Feathergrass (Nassella tenuissima).

The Crinums bloomed longer than usual this year.  But now the flowers are gone and the long leaves are looking ragged.

Enjoyed them while they were here.

This Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica) has struggled this year.  It receives some morning sun but doesn’t get direct sun after about 11 am.

The routine now is for me to get out early, just after the sun rises, and water pot plants every other day.  Because I have so many, it takes over an hour.  Gardening obession has gotten a little out of hand.

White Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri has been changed to Oenothera lindheimeri, according to Wikipedia) still looks pretty good, although it has thinned out a little since this picture was taken.

Butterflies and bees love Gaura.  It always amazes me how the pollinators get anything out of some small flowers.

Pink Gaura also is surviving the heat.

I have several Daturas or Jimsonweeds (Datura stramonium) in the shade, so they are doing well.  Have to be out at night or early morning to catch their lovely white blossoms.

Purple Heart is also in the shade most of the day, so it is thriving.  I have mistakenly identifed Purple Heart  as Wandering Jew in some posts.  A friend pointed out that they are not the same plant at all.

Mexican Petunia (Ruellia simplex) marches on.  I don’t think anything can kill it.  In fact, I have been trying to kill some that is encroaching on a rose bush.  It took multiple applications of Round Up before there was any noticeable damage.

Mexican Petunias love the heat.  Can’t say that I agree with them.  Hope you live in cooler temperatures or can stay inside and enjoy A/C most of the time.

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2 thoughts on “Oppressive Blanket of Heat

  1. The plant you called “Purple Heart” is one I first encountered when we bought our house in Florida. I was told that it was called “Moses-in-the-Bullrushes”. That is the only place I’ve grown any.

    We’ve had lots of rain and high temperatures so the weeds have grown in abundance! With my heart problem last summer, I didn’t get the weeds cleared, so now I have two years growth. Fortunately, my pacemaker has made a world of difference in my endurance. Don had carotid artery surgery, on the left side, and has done well.

    I always enjoy your flowers and comments.

    • Good to hear from you. I’ve also heard Purple Heart called Moses in a Basket. The flower does look like it’s in a little
      papyrus boat.

      Although we haven’t had that much rain, the weeds always draw moisture from somewhere. My body keeps telling me that I’m
      getting too old for pulling weeds. But there they are, drawing me into a challenge.

      Glad to hear that your pacemaker is working and that Don is doing well. Don’t think my lack of stamina is due to any medical condition.
      Just lazy, I guess.

      Have a nice day,
      Wanda

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