The weather has been tough on the garden this past week. After a heavy dust storm, followed by a light rainfall, temperatures soared and everything dried out rather quickly. In fact, I think I depended too much on that rainfall and failed to get water to some plants when they needed it. The result of it all has been another round of plant losses, most importantly including Alyogyne huegelii, a structural plant in the South Border.
I'm a bit surprised at this one since the Alyogyne seems a sufficiently sturdy plant. But it was planted last winter; and although it has looked fairly good overall, I don't think it had fully settled in, and this summer has been particularly difficult for new plants. I do intend to replace it with another as I think it should be a good choice here in the long run.
Nearby, Perovskia atriplicifolia is holding its own, though not able to bloom much.
|Sparsely flowered Perovskia with browned leaves of Alyogyne huegelii in front|
The rest of the border looks fairly good. The rosemary hedge has perked back up. And Lagerstroemia indica "Rhapsody in Pink" is in its summer glory, despite its small size.
There is another chance for rain tonight...!