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Thursday, July 9, 2015


I've got lots of dead or nearly dead or looks-like-it-might-be-dead plants out in my garden. If the horror is too much for you, just look away.

Dead? Actually, no

Dead? Definitely

Dead? Maybe. This is the Japanese maple that I bought earlier this year, that looked near death not long after I planted it. So far, it hasn't produced any new leaves, despite being watered and kept in the shade. If it's dead, "Gomeifuku wo inorimasu," poor Japanese maple

Dead? Just its lower half

Still green and pristine growing tip

Dead? Don't think so, not yet anyway

This leaf is still alive, so maybe it will put up a new one before the end of summer if I give it plenty of water from here on

Dead? Don't think so, my 'Jacob Kline' Monarda does this every year if it doesn't get exactly the right amount of water

Dead? Looks alive, doesn't it? But I think this poor Grevillea is dead

Dead? Don't think so, but those large Rheum leaves look a lot like dog vomit fungus

Dead? Possibly just in need of trimming

This part of it is still alive

Dead? Maybe

Hydrangea, very much alive, planted just a few feet away from the previous one

Dead? At this point, I won't know for sure till next spring

Dead? Not yet, but give me a few weeks and I can make sure it is -- Pernettya rubra, just planted this spring

Dead? No, but in dire need of some judicious amputation. This patch of ostrich ferns usually benefits from overspray from our lawn sprinklers, but this year we started them up about a month too late

Dead? No, just trampled to within an inch of its life by raccoons doing a rain dance

Dead? No, just in need of deadheading

Just a little lower down, this 'Chomley Farran' Dianthus is still producing some pretty spectacular flowers

With some cool weather in the offing, I'll be out there doing my imitation of the doctor in Gone With The Wind, amputating left and right, wielding my secateurs like a bone saw.


  1. Some dead but some just part of 'June Deluge', that period when a lot of the spring prime plants are going over as the summer ones take over :)

  2. I was out till dark last night having a great time yanking all the dead stuff out…best bit of gardening I've done in weeks.
    oh no, I can see a DEER eating my Phlox out the window …

  3. The Rheum leaves imitating dog vomit fungus is pretty funny...and true! This year has been tough and we still have the traditionally hottest part of the summer to come. I hope you discover some "alive" surprises.

  4. Poor plants, they struggle with a sudden bout of unseasonable weather just the same as people. Especially sad to see the new ones lose out. Good to hear you are getting cooler.

  5. So sad, Alison, but I think it's the same everywhere. Not looking forward to July and August - I feel like I just lived through them...

  6. Summer can be cruel. I hope a lot of these plants are just hunkering down under the soil (or dead foliage), waiting for more hospitable conditions to re-emerge.

  7. It really has been too long too hot. Our weather was last week to 96 degr.F., we never had before such hot days for longer than just one day. I can imagine plants don´t like it when hot days continue for longer then a few days. But I think the roots of most of the plants will survive so next year new chances.

  8. I refuse to proclaim anything "Dead!" just yet. And just think: anything that lives through this onslaught will have earned a purple heart for valor.

  9. cruel cruel summer, indeed. Not dead as Rickii says, give it time. But it's almost worse than the Snowpocolypse, I must admit.

  10. That's a lot of carnage. :(

  11. Well, that's a great advertisement for the CF dianthus! It certainly shines among the carnage!

  12. It pains me to see dead or nearly dead. I spent years deciding what will thrive. Anything looking puny must go, or at least hide behind an annual or two.

  13. It's been a harsh summer already. I hope things look worse than they actually are and things surprise you.

  14. Oh boy. You have a lot of heat/drought damage.

  15. Win a few, lose a few, it's amazing more plants don't die with these temperatures. Hopefully they can come back from the roots.

  16. So sorry about your losses especially Pernettya!

  17. Your raccoons do rain dances?

  18. Maybe some of them will put out new growth this fall. How frustrating. :(

  19. Oh Alison I hope your garden will recover and you can cut it back sad to see all the damage the temps and no rain can cause. If you get cooler weather hopefully they will start growing again.


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