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Hot and Dry!

June 15, 2016

It is starting, that point in the summer in Arkansas where some parts of the state get a LOT of rain and some get none.  Yesterday in Hope they were flooding with 4-5 inches of rain in less than an hour, but the pots on my deck were dry when I got home. That is why it is important that gardeners have a rain gauge in their yards to know how much rainfall they get. You can’t rely on what the weatherman says.  I have had slightly less than 2 inches since June 1, so I need supplemental water.

Do remember that plants can wilt from too much water, just like they can from not enough. dusty miller overwatered.16Plants like dusty miller are extremely drought tolerant.  Typically white-to gray foliage indicates drought hardiness.  We see wilted plants and the first thought is water.  That can compound the problem. In this container, the dianthus would be showing signs of drought stress long before the dusty miller.

Know something about the water needs of your plants.  Not only will the plant tell you something, but you need to know your yard.  Are the plants in the ground or in containers? What type of container and how large? Exposure–full sun or total shade.  I watered all my pots yesterday when I got home but many were bone dry when I got home tonight.  tropical hibiscus pot.june16containers may14.16

Remember, the more you water, the more you leach the nutrition out. I plan to water and fertilize all tomorrow.

Here is an example of two different plants that share a common name.

periwinkle vinca.june16Both are commonly called vinca or periwinkle. The pink flowering form is a drought tolerant annual or annual vinca – Catharanthus roseus.  The variegated form is a perennial vine Vinca major, which can be quite invasive, but not totally drought tolerant. Make sure that you combine plants in the same container that have the same needs for water, sunlight and nutrition.

Some other drought tolerant plants include esperanza esperanza june16 cockscomb or celosiacockscomb.jun16and lantana.  This one was already four feet tall in mid June!lantana 4 feet june16

It was a very full day at the office. I have the PowerPoints ready for Saturday MG training with handouts, and the PP and handouts for Annual to Perennials are done. I voiced over a PP and caught up on phone calls and mail.  The day flew by but I got a lot accomplished.

I ran errands on the way home and had more watering chores once home.  It was not a pleasant day to be outside–very muggy and hot! I was glad I was at the office all day.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cydney Smith permalink
    June 15, 2016 10:54 pm

    A few weeks ago. you mentioned in one of your articles about your sprinkler being repaired and that you are very pleased with who you use.
    Would you share the contract information of who you use?
    Thanks so much.

    • uamg permalink
      June 17, 2016 10:57 am

      John Virden, All Outdoors Landscaping 501-772-5342

  2. mvantalam permalink
    June 16, 2016 7:37 am

    Hi Janet

    I am a big fan of your blog and writings And ofcourse gardening!!

    Can I have the ppt information about annuals to perennials?

    Thanks Mrunalini


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