It should not be surprising that the extended period of high temperatures (90+) and the small amount of rain we have experienced would result in stress in the plants in my garden. I prefer to show pictures of cheerful, happy and thriving plants, but just now I feel the need to share a little bit of what these bad conditions are doing. A lot of my plants are sad.
I planted ‘Golconda’ Leyland cypress nine years ago and for awhile it was a beautiful gem in the garden. When I bought it, I was enthralled by its gold beauty, and I had not yet learned about the disease running rampant through its green cousins in our area. For the past several years its tips have turned brown, and I had to cut out a large section at the top. I called in our local professional tree experts, and they were not able to identify a reason. The extra heat and lack of rain have taken their toll; the foliage has lost its gold color and the browning of the exterior is almost complete. I am debating whether or not to take it out. The picture on the left was taken in the spring to compare with its current condition.
What has been more surprising is the damage in our woods. All four of these trees are in the edge of the woods and are showing severe stress. (Run your cursor over the photos to see the ID.)
Very disappointing are the hellebores and Autumn ferns in the woods that are now on their backsides. Azaleas and oak leaf hydrangeas at the edge of the woods are also wilting.
We are on County mandated watering restrictions, but I am allowed to hand water these areas hoping to relieve the stress. A few short months ago I was complaining about the extended cold and extreme wet conditions. It looks like the worm has turned. Commiserations will be gracefully accepted.
Surely we will have a glorious autumn.