Thursday, August 9, 2012
I’m afraid us Pacific Northwesterners have a bit of a reputation as weather wimps. We don’t have to deal with blazingly hot or horribly humid summers. No hurricanes or monsoons. Winters are usually mild, the worst thing we face are endless grey skies and rain. So it should come as no surprise that when Portland hit 102 degrees last Saturday (the hottest day since July of 2009) there was plenty of complaining around town.
Other than worrying that no one would show up for my open garden for fellow bloggers (but they did, turns out Portland Garden Bloggers are a hardy bunch!) I wasn’t concerned; my plants are danger-ready, living for hot days like this. They were finally going to have their day in the sun, so to speak.
But it turns out they’re wimps! Brown leaves on the Verbascum olympicum was the first damage I spotted.
Then I noticed several leaves on the Eryngium agavifolium decided to go all yellow and brown.
This is the most surprising though…
What’s up with that!? If you saw yesterdays post you know these guys were looking fabulous just last week!
After I scolded them for being such wimps I realized they hadn’t seen heat like that for years (if ever) and I’ve hardly provided any relief. Between the baking hot sidewalk, driveway, and gravel these poor plants were no doubt feeling some pain as the sun beat down on them for hours.
So much for the flawless, almost black, foliage of this Cordyline…
The only other plant in the front garden to show signs of stress were the Kniphofia caulescens, at least I can remove their lower leaves.
In the back garden it became obvious the Chocolate Mimosa hadn’t gotten enough water recently…
Thankfully not all its leaves look so bad.
I lost a few fronds on one of the Tree Ferns…
And the Gunnera is now sporting a few tawny highlights.
Even the Saxifraga ‘London Pride’ crisped up a bit.
If it wasn’t so sad I’d almost consider the burnt Tetrapanax leaves to be beautiful (that’s one at the top of this post too).
Oh heck…they are beautiful, aren’t they?
Because I don’t want this post to be a complete downer (after all I enjoyed the sun and heat), here are some happy discoveries. This one I’m sure was brought on by the high temps as I don’t recall seeing it before...
One of my Aloe dorotheae is going to bloom!
The blooms on this Haworthia finally opened.
That’s it in the bottom center.
I’m including this shot of the other side of the same container because I am totally in love with this small Agave petrophila from Cistus, isn’t just adorable!?
And ta-da! My first ever Colocasia bloom (at least I think that’s what it is)…
On the Colocasia esculenta 'Elepaio'...
And guess what! The Sonchus canariensis is starting to push out new leaves…yay!
As for our heat it was short lived. Sunday burnt on at 94 but we've been cooler all week...