A Better Sense of Place

2015 August 2 (Sun)

A hot, dry summer

A lot of plants found themselves put on my "At Risk" list this weekend. With temperatures rising to 95-100°F every day for the past 3 weeks and little rain for most of that time, I've decided to adjust my preference for what I plant and where. I know it takes a couple years for many plants to establish, so I'm not giving up on the newly planted stuff. Those guys generally need regular watering under dry conditions, even if they're native. And pretty much everything in a pot needs regular watering because their roots have limited reach. Also, established plants can go somewhat dormant in the heat of the summer and then come back to life when the temperatures start to lower again in the fall. So taking all of this into account, I've made a list of stand-out individuals and a list of questionable individuals.

I'll start with those that stand up surprisingly well in the heat, grouped by lighting conditions.

As for what is now on my "At Risk" list, here they are.

They didn't make it on my "At Risk" list because I didn't plant them, but the woodland lettuce (Lactuca floridana) and lateflowering throroughwort (Eupatorium serotinum) are generally having a hard, dry time out there. Some aren't even in the sun but under the live oak. Wilty wilty leaves. But I think they might actually survive the summer.

Next, I think I'm going to acquire a blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica), a toothache tree (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis), gulf muhly, a pawpaw, a couple Adam's needle (probably), a female yaupon, maybe a wax myrtle, and a spicebush. I'll plant some more American beautyberries that I grew from cuttings and seed. And I look forward to seeing all the sown grass grow. Grasses are the future.


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