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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wednesday Vignette -- Toasted, Fried, Burnt

I'm always intrigued by the patterns our summer drought makes on the leaves of some of my lushest plants. No amount of water from a sprinkler, watering can, or from sweat running off my body in a river standing there with a hose can make up for the lack of rain. Summer has become an interesting experiment in seeing what will hang on till the rain returns, and what will die. The ones that live often get rewarded with me planting more of their own kind.

Except for weeds. What is it with weeds, why do they stay green all summer, and even flower?

This ostrich fern is planted with its roots right in the water of the stream, and it's still burnt







Even my Podophyllums, planted in pots and getting watered daily in our hot weather, are crispy critters.




Of course the weeds in the crispy, crunchy lawn are green

Anna at Flutter & Hum hosts Wednesday Vignette, check out her post here.

11 comments:

  1. Podophyllum do that sometimes late in the summer. If they dry out for a couple of days, even one time, they sulk their way through the rest of the year. Fear not, they'll come back beautifully next year. Like those in your garden, my dandelions look fresh and fabulous.

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  2. Those sad plants, even with all of your care and watering.

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  3. Your photos show that even in decay there is beauty. The crunch when I step on toasted foliage is what usually gets to me.

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  4. This summer any “Shade” plants with “partial “ sun exposure are sun burned. If this is the new normal we may have to hybridize dandelions.

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  5. looks like everything in Texas that isn't a native plant.

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  6. I have a lot of that going on in my garden too, Alison, and like Kris, I find I kind of like some of the patterns they take on in their crispiness. I like Linda's idea about hybridizing dandelions a lot! :D

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  7. Some plants have no tolerance for direct sun at all, regardless of how well they are watered, they are just not built for direct sun exposure (like me...). I have Hosta that don't mind direct sun, and one that turns crunchy in dappled shade... I tend to slowly gravitate toward plants that look great all year... I can't take the heartbreak of crunch.

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  8. The weeds all rush to go to seed as quickly as possible when we have a drought. It is depressing to have so many treasures baked to a crisp. Our lawn looked like that in July but after a few heavy rains it is green again. It is amazing how quickly things recover.

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  9. Well, we must have had the same summer. Hot and humid, no rain to speak of, and just plain difficult all the way around. If I didn't have a lawn comprised of weeds, I'd have no lawn at all. I really was ready to throw in the trowel this year. But I won't until I can't anymore, ha. Even the seared plants have beauty.

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