after the heatwave
After two days of over 40 degrees heat – that’s 104 degrees fahrenheit - we are thankfully experiencing a cool change, although unfortunately without rain. After a careful inspection of the garden, I note that all plants appear to have survived.
There seems to be three categories of heat response in plants:
1. Plants that love that the heat, even the direct hot sun, and today they are thriving and happy in my garden.
2. Plants that are not particularly happy in the heat and sun and today look sullen and wilted, in some cases with burnt leaves. But underneath the top foliage there are tiny green buds just waiting to sprout when the weather is milder. They don’t look great but they will survive.
3. Then there are plants that simply cannot survive without a continual
water supply. There have been plants like this in my garden, but they never survive the tough love treatment they receive.
Sometimes the same plants can be in different categories, depending on how they are suited to their (ever changing) location.
I need to consider whether I want more plants that thrive on heat and direct sun. Plants that do get sunburned and floppy – like wallflowers - are still worth having because of their dreamy soft flowers at other times of the year. But in hot weather they do make the garden look a bit heatstruck and sad.