Archives for August 2016
This will be remembered as the year of the drought.
May, June, July – total rainfall in the garden was about 3/4 of an inch.
The primroses usually go dormant in the heat of summer, but this year they just totally disappeared.
The phlox suffered badly. This batch was watered, and still couldn’t survive.
Some of the hostas have turned brown and crispy, and shrivelled away.
The grasses are thin, short, and leaves are curling.
And even though the watered plants in the wheelbarrow are flourishing,
you will see the grass is completely brown and crispy.
Thankfully, it rained August 11, and as of August 24th, we have received about 7 inches of rain.
The grass started greening in two days, and we finally mowed again on August 24th.
As for some of the perennials, well, we may have to wait until next spring to see how they fared.
He’s cutting the lawn.
It’s never a good sign when he approaches holding something behind his back.
I’ve got something to confess, he says.
He presents this to me.
Apparently the mower snagged it, and snapped it right off. Cage and all.
The flowers were just starting to come out.
Oh well, those are the hazards of mowing.
At least the grass is green again, and growing, so that’s a good thing.
And there’s lots of other dahlias.
I always had a dream of having a wedding in my garden,
but my daughter assured me that she would not be doing that.
And she got married last November.
But my son and future daughter-in-law thought a garden wedding would be lovely.
So we gathered on a July Saturday afternoon.
The backdrop was beautiful.
Everyone sat in the shade, under the pines, and the bride walked the allee between the trees.
(Yes, that is my shipping container/storage shed in the background – please pretend it’s not there.)
We even moved the grand piano outside for the occasion.
The bride’s students came for the ceremony.
People could tour the garden, enjoy ice cream and watermelon, find a shady place to sit and chat.
Later we got together for dinner, speeches and dancing in the tent.
It was a totally epic, enchanting and extraordinary day.
Everything a garden wedding should be.
A great group of Grey County Gardeners came out to tour the garden.
There is usually time for a chat afterwards, exchanging lots of ideas and information about
The garden is suffering the effects of the drought, but there was still lots to see and enjoy.
I always look forward to a tour group, and this was another great experience!