Pictures From My Garden

I can’t believe it’s August already.

Here in Western Massachusetts, we’ve had unbelievable heat and dryness; last weekend’s rain was the first sustained rain we’ve gotten since (I’m pretty sure) June. I’ve been watering to compensate (relatively sparingly, trying to save on the water bill) but I can definitely see the impact of the lack of rain.

The other big change: our neighbors removed the big black walnut tree that used to shade the back third of my garden. I had a love-hate relationship with that tree: it killed some of the perennials I tried (all parts of black walnuts contain juglone, a compound that’s toxic to many plants) and every fall dumped bucketloads of rotting walnuts on my yard; but it also gave me beautiful filtered shade, in which, naturally, I planted a shade garden. Now it’s gone, I get full sun in some areas and afternoon sun in others. Many of the plants have adjusted surprisingly well–especially the ones at the limit of their shade tolerance–but my rodgersias, cimicifugas, astilbes, and hostas just fried. I’m going to have to move them all next spring.

But challenge is the serious gardener’s constant companion, isn’t it? Overall, the garden is looking pretty good. Here are a few glimpses.

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    3 comments to Pictures From My Garden

    • Victoria Strauss

      The drought is just unreal, and Massachusetts isn’t anywhere close to as bad as other parts of the US. My brother lives in Indiana; there were four or five consecutive days where the temps were above 100. Unheard of.

    • Lovely garden. And the monarch butterflies are beautiful. Everything here is brown and dying. We finally had a rain last night, but it’s too little too late. We’re on the monarchs autumn flight path, but had none last year because of the drought and lack of food. Hoping that one day, we’ll have green plants and flowers again.

    • Ah, what beautiful pictures of the garden! A neighbor cut down a tree that caused a caterpiller problem, and now we have little shade, so I know what you must be feeling about the walnut’s demise. Extra sun is good though.

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