Not Keeping Up!

Our brutal winter gave way to a brutal growing season

Little Princess Spirea are in desperate need of pruning

Little Princess Spirea are in desperate need of pruning

I cannot seem to keep up with the garden maintenance caused by the weather. We have had some amazing contradictions in plant vitality this year. The horrendous winter resulted in more plant loss than I have ever seen. Some of the survivors continue to struggle, barely looking like more than seedlings midway through the growing season. Evergreens continue to die slowly.

Cold spring temperatures and rain persisting even still caused new problems, I have lost Heuchera and Echinacea to what appears to be fungus caused by cool moist conditions. But for some plants I am battling the extreme heat that consistently follows rain and causes stifling humidity.

And then, there are those ridiculously hardy plants, like my spirea, that are growing faster than ever. They desperately need to be pruned back, perhaps this weekend if the dangerous heat breaks. They are burying the new blooms from the Endless Summer Hydrangea and the Chinese Astilbe coming in behind them.

Weeds, tree seedlings and dead evergreens everywhere

Weeds, tree seedlings and dead evergreens everywhere

And just for extra fun this year, it was an amazing seed year for Maples and Elms. Thousand of trees were growing in my gutters. At any given time I certainly have more weeds and tree seedlings than plants in the garden beds even though I have pulled literally millions already!

Thank goodness we are able to take enough joy from the plants that are doing well; from the new selections we carefully chose in the dead of winter that are growing and thriving; and for the opportunity to find even better, hardier plants to replace those we have lost.

Sharon DwyerComment