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Change in Weather Fortunes

As weather goes, this week has been stupendous. The change in two weeks has been amazing here at the IMA. I wish everyone suffering through this drought could get the bit of relief we have.

Is the drought over? Hardly. But it is incredible how even a small amount of rain can change the fortunes of a plant. And if you are lucky enough to be able to continue watering during the drought, and then you get a little rain from the skies? Holy cow! The plants act almost like there are no problems. But there are still issues. Forecasts suggest drought conditions could last into October and November, so your trees and shrubs will remain vulnerable to the rain deficit. IF you can, I suggest continue watering these by hand. Evergreens will be particularly damaged if we go into winter dry. Remember those needles are leaves and are still active in winter.

But why don’t you take a few minutes or hours to forget all about the drought and come visit the gardens here at the IMA? Yes, you will see some rough looking plants (even some dead, if you look in the right spot) but overall the two wells have done us great service and the gardens look very good.

No apples in the Tanner Orchard this year because of the late frost, but the fall vegetable crop is coming along.

In the Garden for Everyone Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’ and Agastache ‘Black Adder’ show no concern over heat and drought.

Along Deer Zink,  there is Heuchera ‘Autumn Bride.’ This plant is such a workhorse, and looking this good in August is why you find it planted multiple places here. It’s also why this species is a major player in most Heuchera breeding programs.

Lagerstroemia ‘Hopi’ (yes, crepe myrtles do fine here) is still blooming good in the Overlook.

In front of the Greenhouse (where perennial and woodies are 30% off) the tropicals are in all their tropical glory. Love that Lantana ’Miss Huff.’

The Formal Garden perennials and annuals are giving plenty of color.

And the fountain is ringed by one of my favorite tropicals for texture, the dwarf papyrus Cyperus haspan ‘Nanus’ (viviparus).

This switch grass (Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’) along 38th Street has received NO supplemental water. The amount of green has increased by three fold since the rain.

Nonie’s garden is close to peak as you enter the Museum.

And in honor of recent rain and continuing drought, you can hum this little diddy as you walk about.

Or this one.

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