Oriental Lily 'Time Out'
Well it is Garden Blogger’s Bloom Day once again where thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens we are called upon to describe what is blooming right now. For us it is lillies, lillies, and more lillies. The problem is that because of the drought we have been through all the flowers are much smaller than normal. More about that later. First let me share some of the flower pictures.
Oriental Lily 'Salmon Star'
Oriental Lily 'Marco Polo'
Trumpet Lily 'Scheherazade'
Lilies provide the added benefit of striking fragrance on a summer night and their smell permeates the house if you bring them inside.
Even the daylilies are getting into the act.
Yes, there a lot of other players in the yard right now — the Shasta Daisies, the Black-eyed Susans, Yarrow, Gaura, Heliopsis, and Joe Pye Weed.
Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum)
And our favorite Glad is out in bloom.
Princess Margaret Rose Gladiolius is the first one out again
And let us not forget a cute little annual Celosia.
Celosia 'Flamingo Feather'
But the biggest feature of the garden has been the lack of water.
We went on vacation at the end of June. June was a very dry month before we left. But I had watered everything I could before departing. For the full month of June this is what we got for rainfall.
Weather for June
Note the record heat. In addition during the two weeks we were gone there was zero rain and the heat got worse. Through the first 8 days of July not a drop fell at our house and the temperature went to a 106 degrees. I had counted on getting at least one little rainstorm and hadn’t expected desert-like temperatures.
I still haven’t finished toting up the damage.
The dead and dying on the Maple Allee
This is the sight I faced on the evening I returned. A lot of labor and years of growth on the little Maples — wasted.
The newly planted Coral Bark Maple is toast...
Garden disasters - note shrunken water-starved corn
Potted plants on evening of our return home
The positive on this last picture is that with water our thirty year-old Grapefruit has opened it’s leaves again.
I’m sure there is some lesson here about abandoning your garden while hiking through the wildflowers in Colorado, but I don’t want to hear it. Maryland is supposed to have better weather than Nevada…