Friday pics and updates

wilted periwinkle (Vinca minor) in the BosquetIt’s been another dry week of desiccating wind, worries and ragweed allergies. All over the property difficult choices are being made about what to water and what to let go – the guys are looking pretty grim lately. Most of the major collection trees and newly planted trees and shrubs are on a water rotation but there places where the weather is having an obvious effect – the periwinkle in the Bosquet (shown at right) has seen better days. Even the goutweed (Aegopodium. – Not shown) is wilting – not that we’d mind if some of that died… (I think it’s made of tougher stuff) We’re starting to hear the word “drought” in the news and are crossing fingers and toes that a forecasted “chance of showers” for the beginning of next week becomes a full soaking rain. Water restrictions are certainly around the corner and we’re watching our well.


A couple-three corrections: The Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) which we all thought was only suffering damage from a weird winter does have a fungal problem. The guys have been watering it to keep it from becoming more stressed and they believe that it will recover without having to spray it with a fungicide.Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) from the inside

recycled iron bed with dahlias, Salvia guaranitica, Pennisetum ruppelianum and Teucrium chamaedrys (wall germander)The plants in the bed surrounded by recycled iron from the greenhouse are most likely NOT stunted from leaching iron. Evidently, grass can be a canary-in-the-coalmine for toxic iron levels by turning black. The sod around that bed is perfectly healthy! Could be the early summer heat that slowed the plants down.


And Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ is quite green! – and white and pinkish these days. A glaring sun does bleach it out but it’s really a whitish shade of green rather than a greenish shade of white now that I’ve taken a better look!Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ looking a little greener than the other day

Another greeny white beauty is the Moonflower that just opened in the Rose Garden. I’ve noticed it on my early morning rounds and by 10AM or so they’ve already closed up. Come early or late in the day for an ethereal and fragrant display.Moonflower (Ipomoea alba ‘Giant White’)Moonflower up close and personal

Nicotiana sylvestris are also adding their fragrance to the evening air – brides-to-be take note: September evenings are just as sweet as June! Flowering tobacco (Nicotiana sylvestris)

And a tree by the south end of the house caught my eye – The Golden Rain Tree (Koelreutaria paniculata) is full of green and buff seed pods – gorgeous. Golden Rain Tree (Koelreutaria paniculata)Golden Rain Tree seed pods

5 thoughts on “Friday pics and updates

  1. Kris:
    I can’t keep up with watering and I just put in the conifer garden so that is one that has to be done! It looks sad! Hope you can relax on the weekend. I am doing a rain dance here!

  2. We had some brief showers overnight and again this afternoon here, but it is not near enough. Watering continues!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  3. Aha! I just learned a new plant–the golden rain tree. Or I put two and two together, or something. There are several of these outside my doctor’s office, and I was puzzling and puzzling over what they were because of the seedpods, and you’ve solved it for me. Now I want to have one, of course!

  4. AAhHhHccCCHHHHOOOOOOOOoooooooo! Where’s my hanky? Where’s my slow, steady prolonged period of tiny tears of water from the sky?! Sniff…

  5. Layanee, Keep dancing – it’s working! (only drips and drabs here but a little’s better than none!)

    Carol, We might be getting your brief showers now – I saw on yours that your lawn is green again – amazing what even a little rain will do.

    Jodi, The golden rain tree is a beauty! I think I prefer the seed pods to the flowers though because I let those go by unannounced. AHS says zone 6-9 — marginal for us both I think. Ours is on the south side of the house and fairly protected from buffeting winds.

    Brendan, You’re back! It’s good to hear from your sneezy self again – me too, snuffle snort.

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