Last year, we had a drought. This year, we have monsoons. About 8pm last night, it started. At first, the rain drops were huge and widely scattered. The wind picked up a little. By 9pm, it was coming down so hard you could barely see across the garden center. There was thunder and lightning. This morning, the damage has been tallied.
4' tall shasta daisies have taken out a coreopsis full moon.
Red bee balm didn't even have the chance to bloom. It snapped at a node.
More sprawling coreopsis full moon. Still no blooms or buds. I'll cut it back today and hope for the best. Last year, it bloomed till the first frost.
Broken Four O'Clocks. Yes, I wish I were talking about the colors of the blooms.
Washout. This pipe leads back to the gutter at the corner of the house where I planted the tea olive this week. The hole caused by the rushing water is about 8" deep. We received a lot of rain in a very short time period.
Now, not all is lost.
The Lagerfeld rose I bought on clearance is about to bloom again.
Some tomatoes are turning orange. :) I CANNOT WAIT!!!!
The $5 tea olives are blooming, again. Meanwhile, the established ones I planted last year haven't bloomed at all yet.
Two roses grown from cuttings last year are both blooming today. I had hoped at least one of these would be a yellow. I guess I gave them away when I misplaced the labels over the winter.
Today, I need to run over to Carla's. I'm taking her a datura seedling from the white bed and the rack she got from the store last night. It's on the back of the truck. When that's done, I plan to start building the trellis for the chimney. Rain is expected off and on all day today. It's foggy and humid at 66 degrees.
I've been reading the Well Tended Perennial Garden and will cut the coreopsis and shastas back. Neither have really bloomed yet and should recover giving me some blooms later in the month, maybe even into July. Next year, I'll be pruning these earlier to create stockier plants that should stand up better.