I know you're tired of weather stats from Greensboro, but indulge me in a little complaining on this first day of autumn, with the temperature a crisp 92 degrees...That is the 59th day this year it has been above 90. The average is 27 days.
I went back and did some checking on rainfall too.
Since June 5:
25 days with measurable rainfall--normal is 40 days
5.5 inches of rain total--normal 15.13 inches
Average amount of rain per shower--.22 inches
Days with more than a quarter inch of rain: 6
That last one is what has really ticked me off this summer. When it does rain, it is barely enough to dampen the ground, let alone soak down to the roots. I am thinking seriously about giving up my garden. Well, not really, but I am giving up anything and everything whose water needs are anything other than minimal. I don't care if my garden looks like it was planted by the Highway Department.
Here are the plants that have done well with minimal or no watering from me this summer. Expect to see a lot more of these in my garden in coming years.
Lantana "Miss Huff"
Cherry Laurel "Otto Luyken"
Spirea "Little Princess" and "Anthony Waterer"
Things I might try more of:
Japanese Holly "Soft Touch" These are supposed to be indestructible, but every one of my new plantings has either:
b) almost died and now is cut back to miniscule proportions
c) got lots of brown stems
d) got burned leaves
They are supposed to like full sun; I planted them in good soil and, as we say in NC "liked to busted my @$$ keeping the &^$# things watered all summer."
Has anybody else had experience with these, for good or ill?
As for perennials, call me Daylily Man. Or Yarrow Man. Or maybe Butterfly Weed Man. Or maybe I'll just let the Virginia Creeper take over and grow wherever it wants.
Can you tell I'm in a bad mood? All I've got to say is this: if the temperature is going to be 15 degrees above normal every freakin' day this summer, I had better not see the first bit of ice or frost all winter. In fact, I'd better be going down the waterslide on Christmas Day and lathering on sunscreen in February...
And if that's not enough, the Tar Heels football team is so abysmal, we're already counting the days until basketball season. Forty-one, in case you're wondering.