This has definitely been the year of hot, humid, 'drought - like' conditions here in my little corner of Canada. Trees all around our city have been losing leaves for several weeks now, grass has had that awful dried out yellow colour from the lack of water, and the gardens.... well to say that many of them look unloved would not be wrong.
We have lost a number of our beautiful perennials that we have planted in our gardens over the 12 years that we have lived here. Weeds have outnumbered the desired plants all summer long. Even with hand watering the baskets and planters on the deck, we have still lost some plants there too.
So, to make myself feel a better about how horrible I think our place looks this year, I have taken a few photos of those plants / bushes that have thumbed their noses at the lack of rain, and done well in spite of that, and in spite of the lazy human who is supposed to water them when Mother Nature does not!
This is our new Hibiscus. I have never seen one with a two - toned flower before, so willingly brought it home when it leaped onto my cart at the garden center.
Planter boxes of dark Purple and hot Pink Wave Petunias
SOME OF OUR HANGING BASKETS....
Black with White Wave Petunias
We planted 3 different colours in the same pot: pink with white, pink with pink, and pink with black.
(none of the other, different coloured ones were blooming when I took these pictures)
A new perennial to go into the garden
Close - up of the same plant
Red Dipladenia - A Climbing Vine