in the garden after the drought

After a long two months of drought, we have been getting rain off and on. And we are so grateful for it. Some of the garden plants are looking better, though many have leaves that are half crisped to brown. These dogwood trees look so sad.



I don’t know what this bodes for next spring. I wonder if any of the shrubs and trees that set their blossoms after a spring bloom will have blossoms next year or not. The terminal buds of the lilacs are dried up. No lilacs next year? The star magnolia lost 99% of its leaves this summer. No blossoms in the spring? We’ll have to wait and see.

Leaf burn is evident on many of the hostas. Some worse than others. This ‘Regal Splendor’ did better than many.


‘Invincible’ has earned its name this year. It looks great and flowered well. Some of our ‘Royal Standard’ hostas didn’t bloom at all. I can’t remember that ever happening before.

Hosta 'Invincible'

‘Thunderbolt’ did great, as well, but the ‘Love Pat’ to its left suffered some leaf burn.

Hosta 'Thunderbolt'

‘Gold Standard’ did well, too. Looks as good as ever.

Hosta 'Gold Standard'

Garlic chives are tough. They have only been hampered in timing. Their bloom is coming on a bit more than a week later than usual.

garlic chives

It looks like my lavender plant is going to survive.


Who can complain about crepe myrtle? Gorgeous color in the yard this time of year.

Crepe Myrtle

The beautiful purple ironweed is blooming in the woods. When I see this, I know autumn is on its way!


Also along the edges of the woods, the elderberries are ripe. We picked a lot of them for elderberry jelly, but left some for the birds to enjoy.


The Southern Pin Oak behind the house provides a lot of shade for our yard. We watered it during the drought. Not taking any chances with it. You can see, though, that the hostas around the base of the tree are stunted. Half the size they usually are.

Southern Pin Oak

It is making a lot of pretty little acorns.

Southern Pin Oak acorns

In spite of the drought, some of the daylilies have rebloomed. Daylilies that looked crispy to the ground are putting up new green leaves, too.

‘Chicago Petticoats’

Hemerocallis 'Chicago Petticoats'

‘Mae Brown’

Hemerocallis 'Mae Brown'

I think this year I spent less time in the garden than any other year. It was just too hot and too dry for too long. I am eager to see what next spring brings. Will we have the usual spring blooms? Are some of our plants just dormant or are they gone? Will we have to replace some of our hostas? How about the dogwoods? We shall see!

Check out Jean’s “Bloomin’ Tuesday” post for her garden pictures and links to other gardens. An easy way to stroll through a garden tour or two or three. 🙂



  1. Denise Bird
    Posted August 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed your garden tour. I hope the plants are just resting, and will return in the spring.

  2. Rosanne
    Posted August 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    It’s interesting to see what withstood the dryness. Love the pic of the acorns.

  3. Posted August 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    So sad! Our maple trees are fried and dropping brown leaves. I’m glad to see you have some of your lovely daylilies blooming. Jean

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