(Created 23 November 2016)
At the risk of sounding like whining, after simulating Siberian winters in my garden two years in a row, mother nature thought it might be funny to simulate Sahara desert in my garden this year for a change; no rain from May through to end of August! Irrigation pond went dry; the sense of hopelessness…., our casual country garden is looking more ‘casual’ than ever (not to mention the embarrassing garden tour for the ORGHPS).
Surprisingly, most roses and rhododendrons appeared to cope better than perennials; at least on the surface. The full extent of the damage in the plants will be determined by the severity of the coming winter.
(You can still see the previous year’s garden here)