Thursday, August 1, 2013

Plant Loss

BY SKEETER
 Look at the beautiful Phlox photographed on July 3 in my GEORGIA GARDENS 
 Same spot today. Sigh, they are no longer with us.
 Just behind the Phlox, you will see some of the St John's Wart looking sad.
 Newly planted Angel Trumpet has lost most of its leaves.
 A few feet to the right is another Angel Trumpet which is yellowing.
 This photo also snapped on July 3 shows Vinca happily creeping along in the vicinity.
 Today, the Creeping Vinca is loosing its leaves.
 Nicotiana, no more. 
 Periwinkle is yellowing and looking mighty sad.
 Dusty Miller, dying a slow death while Ivy, Iris, Lily and Weeds thrive.
Mediterranean White Heather is not looking too well.
 Creeping Phlox is not happy.
 Schizophragma Moonlight is starting to yellow.
 The above photo of Butterfly Bushes was snapped on June 24.
 Today, the same Butterfly Bushes that I fear are totally Dead while Elephant Ear and Forsythia flourish nearby. 
 Yellow, Pink, White and Purple all gone. I shall leave these in place just in case a root remains alive.
 Red Twig Dogwood not looking good as the weeds enjoy moisture.
 Leaves dying and falling to the ground. 
On the way to the Mower Shed, the Red Rider sank into the soggy grounds and became stuck for a day. I know better then to plant things in the path of water run-off. When you have more drought conditions then rain, well, I seem to forget what can happen when plants stand in water too long. The Rains have been happy to the grass, evergreens, elephant ears and other things while I have had much PLANT LOSS, In the Garden...


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21 comments:

  1. What a bummer. I too have had some sad reactions to too much water this year. Most things have decidedly liked all the water though.

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    1. Over all Lisa, I have more happy plants then sad but to loose any is a total bummer for me as I garden on a budget. So I feel like I have lost out, sigh...

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  2. Yup, standing water will kill plants pretty fast. Slopes or good draining soils are key. Total bummer.

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    1. These areas are full of sandy soil and all angle downwards plus we rarely have summer rain falls. I have had an issue with soggy conditions in these areas in the Spring but never in the summer months. This July, we have had more rain then I have ever known to fall in the 13 years we have been in GA. I hope this is a fluke and nothing more shall parish in the coming wetness. As I look outside now, I see more rain falling. I hope I do not have a total loss but if I do, I shall learn my lesson and be more cautious of what to plant in those areas. The Butterfly Bushes are my most upsetting loss. I love those bushes....

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  3. I hate when that happens!! I hope some of them are not forever gone and will be back next year. I had a few plants not make it also.

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    1. I am going to leave everything in the ground as is and see what happens in time. I have hope but not much I tell ya...

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  4. Oh, so sorry to see all your plant loss. These are really tough times for the plants - too much drought followed immediately by too much water. Hopefully things will even out a bit now.

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    1. I hope so and really do hope no Tropical Storms or Hurricanes head our direction in the weeks to come. That would just be awful for an already soggy time for us. Weather is forecasting rain for the next week so no end in sight it seems....

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  5. Oh, dear! Poor things! I'm sorry that is happening.

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  6. My phlox snuffed it too. I wonder if it died for being so close to the hydrangea that needed watering on the hot days. I share your pain over plant loss.

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    1. I was really upset over seeing the Phlox as I have adding it over the past year....

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  7. I'm used to plants becoming crispy before they die. So sad to see them drown too.

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    1. I am normally struggling to keep things moist but this year, totally the opposite. Now too much moisture...

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  8. Luckily my phlox is doing well, but other plants are not happy between the monsoon-like weather interspersed with the drought. Too much of either is really affecting our plant life too. Sad because the insects are also affected.

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  9. Gardening can be heart-breaking at times, especially when our gardens experience extremes in weather and conditions. I do so hope that some things rally for you.

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    1. I am hopeful that not all these beauties are gone but prepared if they are. I do not plan to replace them as it may happen again. Sigh...

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  10. Great grief overwhelmed when it loses the beautiful plants in the garden:) Regards

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    1. It is a sad time for me in the garden...

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  11. So sad to hear and see the loss...I lived with it until I found water loving natives that thrived in the runoff in spring and even in dry summers...seemed best suited for my conditions....hoping for some recovery for your plants

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  12. If I hadn't known better, I would have thought all these plants were dying from a drought. But too much rain can be just as bad, as you are obviously finding out. Those poor butterfly bushes! So sad for you, Skeeter; I hope some of these plants do recover.

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  13. Many of those pictures could have been taken in my yard. While I planted for semi-drought conditions, we got the opposite!

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