Gardening information for zone 6 Ohio in neutral clay soil. The backbone of my gardens Hosta, Heather,
Heuchera, flowering shrubs, perennials, ground covers, conifers, and trees.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Summer Garden in Ohio Zone 6 Extreme Heat and Drought


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The family garden is still looking decent even with the constant 90's and some days over 100, but it's taking it's toll. These are photos from a couple weeks ago. Afraid the last couple weeks with too many days in the 100's has really ruined my gardens for the year and I most likely won't have much to post after this.

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The Echinacea, Daisies and Coreopsis are all blooming in the heat which they tend to handle much better than a lot of other perennials.

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The backline is surviving but the extreme heat hit so early this year that I haven't had any significant growth on my flowering shrubs which is a big disappointment as I wait for them to grow up. Most of the Hydrangea are blooming and others have buds that are opening up now.

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The back corner with the Viburnum Autumn Jazz is through blooming and setting up the berries for winter. No further blooms on my Clematis there so hoping again that this has not totally burned up this year as the second one is gone.

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The shed garden was still holding on but again the heat has taken it's toll on everything in the last couple of weeks.

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Daylily Ruby Spider. One of my favorite Daylilies as it's such an eye catcher.

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Daylily Stella De Oro. Love how much she reblooms here with her bright yellow cheery color.

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Daylily Bordello Queen is one of my first Daylily bloomers each season and always so elegant and soft.



48 comments:

Mark and Gaz said...

Your daylilies looks lovely Cher. Sorry to hear that the high temperatures you guys are experiencing have taken its toll on the garden. Hopefully you guys gets some relief from the heat soon.

Giga said...

Jakiś ten rok nie jest szczęśliwy dla naszych ogrodów. U nas zima, która zniszczyła wiele roślin, w innych krajach upały i susze, a jeszcze gdzie indziej padające deszcze. Twoje liliowce są jednak śliczne. Ma, nadzieję, że deszcz u Was wreszcie spadnie i przyniesie ulgę roślinom. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Sometime this year is not happy for our gardens. In our winter, which destroyed many crops, in other heat waves and droughts, and more rains elsewhere. Your lilies are, however beautiful. Ma, hoping that the rain with you last fall, and bring relief to the plants. Best regards.

Patsy said...

My garden is in a sad way, we are getting rain now but the grasshoppers are eating every thing. Your photo's look good.

Aaron Gardener said...

Hang in there! We finally got a cool down and some desperately-needed rain in Tennessee after weeks and weeks of drought and high temperatures. Hope that nicer weather arrives in Ohio soon!

FlowerLady said...

In spite of heat and drought you've still got some lovely blooms. I hope you get some relief soon.

FlowerLady

Lavender Cottage said...

It's been a tough summer, for us too in southern Ontario. You really get to see what plants can handle drought, which is why I use so many native varieties in my gardens.
At least you've had daylilies blooming and others, if not for their full potential. I always worry about the trees during these times.
Hope you're keeping cool Cher.
Judith

Pearl@serenitycove said...

I think yours are looking a little better than mine. You can always count on the day lilies to come through!! I love that Ruby Spider. Very pretty.

Neuer Gartentraum said...

Es wäre schön, wenn du mir etwas von eurer Hitze schicken könntest.
Hier bei uns will es nicht Sommer werden. Die Temperaturen sind niedrig und es regnet zu viel.
Die Pflanzen wachsen, aber die, die viel Sonne brauchen, blühen nicht richtig.
Deine Daylilies gefallen mir besonders gut, vor allem Stella De Oro.
Gruß Anette

Kate said...

Hi Cher!
I guess we'll all be looking for plants that tolerate a bit more heat in the coming years. Your day lilies are so pretty. Just a little while now, then maybe a nice, cool Fall.

Becca's Dirt said...

The heat this year is taking its toll and the lack of rain makes it so much worse. I hope you soon get some relief from the dry weather. You have some gorgeous blooms. Hate when the weather and bugs mess with the gardens so bad.

GirlSprout said...

I'm glad your echinacea, daisies and coreopis are doing well. That's my favorite bed of yours. The hostas look good, too. We've gotten a little more rain this year so my daisies actually bloomed this year. I hope you get some rain soon.

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

I was just out watering my zone 6 drought devastated garden earlier today. Just don't want to loose anything this year and have to replant next year. Sigh...really wish it would rain...

Larry said...

I am amazed at seeing your Japanese maples looking so well... any of mine that are getting too much sun, despite my maintaining moisture, have scalded leaves. In years like this it's almost a blessing to have the bloom past so I can get the damaged foliage cleaned up and some sense of order in the gardens. I know you've had it even hotter than we've had... we too are desperate for rain... Larry

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Hang in there with the heat. A break may come and you'll get a revival this fall. I'm impressed your daylilies look so nice still. Mine are toast and I've noticed the same thing all over town.

Beth said...

Hi Cher, There's lots of beauty in your garden. I am so sorry about the heat and drought; we too are facing this and it's been quite challenging and disappointing. Praying for rain!

Melynda said...

It has been hot here also, but nothing like your area. I love the Bordello Queen daylily, so pretty.

VW said...

Well good luck staying cool and keeping your plants limping along through the heat! After a week of temps in the 90's, we're dropping down to the 80's for the next while and I'm so relieved. My newly planted Korean dogwood trees were looking a little stress out by it all.

Rebecca said...

I share your sadness about way the heat and drought have taken out our yards and flowerbeds... I, too, am concerned about the 3 clematis vines I have. I'm pretty sure the newest of the three is done for. The rest? I guess we'll see.

Gardening with Juanita said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. If we did not water everything every week our flowers would be gone. Carrel sat the water hoses so he can soak all my yard with a 4 opening water facet. We have water hoses running every where. Your daises look so pretty. I wish I had kept mine but they grew so tall and fell down. I will buy fence wire this year and build a fence around them to hold them up. This fall I will plant me some more. We had not had any rain in three weeks until July 5th now I want to see some sun. The sun came out yesterday long enough for Carrel to cut the grass.

Zoey said...

Hi Cher,
Everything looks so nice in those pictures. Sorry to hear that the heat is destroying it.

My garden is about done for the year as there is not much left to bloom. I kept it watered, but all the lilies bloomed at least two weeks early.

I hope next year it goes back to the normal bloom times!

Kalantikan said...

Am sorry about your flowers Cher. At least you have waters in the pipes, unlike us here during the dry season that even water for household use is difficult. So we really cannot water our plants, they are just left on their own.

The Sage Butterfly said...

This weather has wreaked havoc on my garden. We did get some rain last night...I hope we all get more rain and milder temperatures.

dorothy said...

The weather has been intense here, too. But then again triple digits are common here in the summer. I think your plants look happy. And if you are still getting blooms from your hydrangeas, you are doing something right!

Casa Mariposa said...

I think your garden looks better than you realize. :o) Your daylilies are fabulous! I agree with Dorothy - if you're hydrangea are happy, you're doing something right for sure!

Denise said...

It still looks like a lovely garden, with many beautiful blooms. Our grass is so brown now. We had a little rain earlier on and it made a slight difference but now it's back to brown.

Rohrerbot said...

The heat has been really something, hasn't it? But I even with the hot temps, your garden looks really really nice....and well kept!! Mine is a bit of a jungle here at times. I always enjoy how you mix the leaf colors up in different area. Hope you had a great Monday.....and that cooler temps are on the way for you.....along with some much needed rain:)

Fadinha said...

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vim aqui visitar seu bloguinho
adorei viu?
muito fofo
da uma passadinha lá no meu!
beijinhos

HolleyGarden said...

Your daylilies are wonderful, but that group of daisies is fabulous!!! When temperatures hit 100, there's just nothing we as gardeners can do, it seems. Most plants just can't seem to take those extreme temperatures. So sorry you've had such hot weather, and drought combined with it. Still, you have quite a bit in your garden that's looking great! I love the color of that cotinus!

darbycreekyorks said...

Your gardens sure look better than mine! If I can't get to them by a watering can every couple days, they are done for. One of my outdoor spigots is broken and dragging 4 hoses at once just isn't worth it. It makes me sad. Peaches were tiny and birds got the bulk of them. I do see apples. Hope they fare better.

Well, hang in there and don't over do!
Off to work...
Gale

Julie said...

Our SC gardens are looking tired due to the high heat and humidity, especially since we left them for two weeks to visit family in Europe. So sorry about the drought conditions in your area, but I have to say--your photos are lovely! Wishing you a nice, soaking rain and more moderate temps...

Patrick's Garden said...

And to think, the spring showed so much promise but I'm sure you're like me and when you're looking at such a disaster, you're always planning for next season. Best.

Heather said...

Your photos and flowers are very lovely. You are doing an admirable job in your yard. We (and the garden) are struggling with the heat as well. I am in my garden each night. Refilling the bog garden pot, adding water to the pond, and feeding the fish. I pull a weed or two here and there... Low and behold I lost two plants- in just a day! Established plants. One in the waterfall rock garden and one in the perennial garden. Such a bummer when you work so hard. We pray for rain and cooler temps!

scottweberpdx said...

Beautiful blooms...so sorry the weather is so awful this year. I hope you get some relief soon...maybe things will bounce back once the cooler temps of fall return?

Fishtail Cottage said...

So cheerful! love your daylily colors! just so pretty! thank you for sharing over here at Fishtail Cottage's garden party this week! xoox, tracie

Kippy Marrie said...

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Ótima Semana a voces e fiquem com o Papai do Céu.
Obrigada pela amizade,
Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho do Brasil...

KIPPY & LILLY

lobita said...

Que bonito blog, y que plantas tan preciosas. Saludos
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Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,
Your gardens are looking lovely despite all of the heat. It has been so hot and dry here too! All of our grass has dried up and gone yellow like straw...Hopefully the fall will be a little nicer for the mums.
All the Best,
Christine

Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

Hi Cher-
Hey your gardens aren't doing too badly with all that drought and heat!
I noticed my Endless Summer Hydrangeas have no flowers. I have a feeling I won't be seeing any, which is a first for them since I've planted them. It's definitely a weird year. Dayllies are always faithful aren't they! Love your colors!
Let's keep the fingers crossed for better weather in August!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Cher,

Despite the heat and drought your gardens look fantastic! Coral Bells and Hostas are tough and yours look great.

lobita said...

Que plantas mas bonitas y las flores son preciosas

Diane said...

Cher, if you were wondering if I'm alive I am! I haven't been able to find time for blogging this summer, but plan to do it during the long, cold, frozen winter instead.

Hey, did you move?

And I just got back from Texas. That heat was a little much for my Canadian system!

Diane

Annie said...

The daylillies do so well in the heat

Autumn Belle said...

Your garden still looks despite the heat and drought. They daylilies are gorgeous. How I wish I can grow them in my garden.

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mississippi artist said...

We have had terrible heat and humidity, but thankfully lot's of rain. At least I haven't had to go out and water the hydrangeas every five minutes, as I usually do every summer.I hope your garden is still looking good.

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá amigas queridas...
Como sempre, seu blog lindo e florido.
Parece até ter um cheiro gostoso de flor de primavera.
Amo vir aqui.
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Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho,

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Judy Haughton-James said...

Wow! These flowers are oh so-o-o beautiful Cher. They are not doing badly at beating the heat. My garden has not done so well. Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ooh, that's so frustrating. You wouldn't know it, because your garden is beautiful in these photos.

Colorado had some tough summers while we lived there with drought water restrictions to make it worse. It really changed how people gardened - everyone went xeric, and we learned to love lavender, corsican violets, echinacea, and russian sage :)