The beginning of summer was so mild. Then the heat was switched on suddenly. Everyday now is in the high 90’s with a few 100’s. Some plants are just barely surviving while others are hardy enough to last here.
Is it really this hot every single summer? Yes. It’s just easy to forget that until reality sets in. But the mild winters and the few months of spring are great.
Nice to enjoy in the spring but not worth it.
The Turk’s Cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) bush has spread out to about five feet. With its large, thin leaves, I’m amazed that it survives in full sun. It’s one of those great perennials that can be planted and forgotten about. Water twice a week during high temperatures, and it’s good to go.
This is a Hardy Hibiscus across the yard. This bush gets tall and has lots of blooms before the heat wilts it. With frequent waterings, it remains vibrant. I just water it enough to keep it alive this time of the year.
When the heat gets to me, I remind myself that it won’t last forever. It will still be awhile, but cooler days are ahead.
“A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.” Paulo Coelho