Dry Days in the Garden

imgresWhile the Cape Cod garden has been benefitting from daily watering by means of the irrigation hoses in the vegetable patch and hand watering for the flowers and herbs in terra cotta pots, the home garden has been enduring days without a steady rain. The perennials are putting up a brave front, but the hostas look bedraggled, with yellow or brown leaves appearing around the edges. The day lilies’ leaves are yellowing or browning as well, and the monarda leaves droop– and their blooms don’t last very long.

The cleome have been stunted or thin, going to seed long before the end of July, two months earlier than normal. The seedpods are small and unimpressive.

What’s done well? Coneflowers of every color and shape. Cosmos, self-seeded in the sunny front garden. Marigolds that established themselves early in June and don’t seem to mind the heat or the drought. Creeping Jenny, which is creeping way too fast into the lawn.

The sedum is looking terrific, too.

What’s infested: the nasturtium. Our house sitter has watered deck pots and selected annuals daily as instructed, but didn’t’ notice the army of aphids that moved in once the nasturtiums were tasting mighty good.

What’s out of control: pink monarda, zebra grass, evening primo, mallow. A major removal or resettlement plan is on the books for fall.

Time to do another rain dance, if only to reinvigorate the systems of the annuals: marigolds, coleus,calendula, cosmos, New Zealand impatiens.

2 thoughts on “Dry Days in the Garden

  1. I think your dance worked — maybe too well. Didn’t you have a huge storm the night you wrote this piece or maybe the next day? I hope you can rescue the nasturtiums. I love them, partially because I love their name.


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