Summers like these have to end sometime.
May I present our forecast for the next five days:
Friends to the south, like Zanthan Gardens and My Corner Of Katy in Texas, have been battling bad temps for two months. We now get to join them.
People aren’t the only ones feeling the heat. The Phlox paniculata on the left is one stressed out plant. (Please click on the photos to see them in a larger format.) See how the leaves are drooping? They are supposed to stand straight out like the phlox on the right. These photos were taken in two different areas of the garden this morning. Guess which one I’m watering today?
I water nearly everything at the Red Dirt Hacienda with soaker hoses. They are cheap and efficient unless you cut them with a weedeater. That reduces their efficiency by about 100%.
I keep hoping for a fancy watering system. The last quote we received was a whopping $5,600.00. We are the process of getting other quotes. In the meantime, I use a complicated personal five zone system with many y-connectors like the one above, and I’m the only one who understands it. I water one zone a day for less stress on the well. When the soaker hoses split from age or weedeater attack, I splice them with a repair kit. Some of the hoses are really old, so they often split. I don’t want to buy more, but I believe an investment needs to be made for replacement and to add them to the tiered gardens. That will make six zones.
The garden facing the street (where the stressed out phlox is) doesn’t get as much attention or water. My excuse? Out of sight, out of mind.
I must also remember to water all of my pots. Pam from Digging has the right idea. She only plants drought resistant sedums and agaves in her pots. Unfortunately, our colder winter and spring temps would probably kill them. Next summer, I might try it anyway.
In between running children to and fro, I’ll be outside, floppy garden hat firmly in place, battling the heat and sunshine. Where will you be today?