This year the moisture loving plants like the Joes are in their element, but, I've lost Asclepias tuberosa and Echinacea pallida, both plants that have been in my garden for years. They're tap rooted plants that need well draining soil and they rotted from the clay that has been sopping wet all summer. Consequently, I've been doing the Central Basin what should I plant dance since I pulled them out of the garden.
Traditionally, this is a dance that one does while standing in the middle of the nursery aisles surrounded by plants in full bloom and enticingly beautiful. You take two steps forward and one step back while singing, "Will these xeric plants survive this winter or will I have to water the moisture lovers all summer?" This summer, I had to add another verse to the song, "Baby, we never know what next summer will bring, let's be smart about it..." Cha-cha-cha!
|H coccineus, a marsh loving plant that I hope can survive our usually dry summer|
Usually, by this time of the summer my energy is spent and I am lounging around inside trying to keep cool and away from the skeeters. This year, the weather has not only been wetter, it's been cooler. We've had fewer than 5 days with temperatures above 90F. Gardening has been a treat and even the mosquitoes haven't been able to keep most of us out of the garden.
I know, it's amazing!
PS To read more about our feature flower, the Joe-Pye weed ~Wildflower Wednesday: The Joes
To read more about Rough and Tumble wildflowers~ Rough and Tumble Wildflowers
To read more about gardening in the Central Basin~The Central Basin
To read more about planting in Middle Tennessee~Not The Climate For Xeric
To read more about why I plant natives~Plant More Natives