I feel like the annual peeling bark on Arctostaphylos x 'Austin Griffiths' is early and all at once, thus more extreme, because of the heat. Either way it's quite striking.
I'd said the Yucca filamentosa flowers were fried by the heat, I was wrong. They're hanging in there!
All things considered, the large (and very sun exposed) leaves of my Tetrapanax papyrifer held up quite nicely considering the lack of water they'd received heading into the heat. However, there are several with interesting burn patterns.
No water for this little desert fern and it didn't miss a beat.
This one isn't quite as unscathed, but still looking pretty good.
I was worried about this corner of the front garden with the reflected heat from our driveway (pictured) as well as the public sidewalk and the street just beyond. Thankfully there isn't any sun-scorch on the Agave ovatifolia.
And the Lavandula allardii 'Meerlo' didn't mind the extra sun one bit.
And this! Insane. A couple years ago I succumbed to plant lust and bought a pair of Woodwardia unigemmata not really having a place for them. I eventually decided to try them at the base of my Fatsia japonica in the front garden, knowing the location might be too sunny (yucca to the left, sedum in front—and yes, the Fatsia is in too much sun) but they've always been happy. I figured this heat (and sun) would be then end of their looking good. Boy was I wrong...
Sadly this small Agave parrasana 'Meat Claw' is showing it's displeasure with things by taking on an unhealthy yellow tint. This makes me sad. On a curious note, do you see those two small agave bits peeking out of the gravel at about the 1-o'clock position? What's going on there? This agave is known to rarely offset, and it's still so small!
Just to the north is this Agave 'Mateo' in a container, he's looking rather fetching sort of "folded up" against the sun's glare.
Next up, the pair of Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue' to the right of our front door. The first one looks great. I should note we ("we" meaning I directed, and Andrew did) put up a little wall of frost cloth here because I didn't want the black daphne (Daphne x houtteana) leaves to burn, that might have provided a little protection for the agave next to it, because
...the agave to the north suffered damage to some of it's leaves.
Not nearly as bad as these though. This photo is of Agave ovatifolia at Anderson School up in Bothell, WA. Photo taken by Riz Reyes. Pretty sad...
My Agave 'Baccarat' looks good.
Back in March I posted about a new discovery, Sedum obtusifolium. It looked like little hardy aeoniums, seriously—check it out. Not anymore. I was afraid it might turn into this, helped by the heat it's now a floppy mess.
Burnt Aristaloe aristata/Aloe aristata, all the small ones that I separated and planted about look like this.
Nearby there are unhappy agaves...
Moving into the back garden now, my gorgeous Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl' is a little burnt around the edges. She was completely limp but has recovered nicely.
Many of the Arachnoides simplicior 'Variegata' fronds look like this. Some better, some worse.
New growth on the Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra' got zapped. It's slowly turning brown.
This section is so shaded I figured it would all be okay...
So I was completely surprised and very sad to see my beautiful patch of Pyrrosia hastata curled and looking like death when Andrew and I surveyed the garden Sunday evening (that would be day 3 of 5, when it was 112). Thankfully after several deep soakings it's recovered.
Well mostly, there are singed tips.
Here's an unexpected surprise. This container of Onoclea sensibilis has never been more lush than it was this spring. I was heartbroken when, after the day of ankle injury and my not venturing into the garden until the next day, it got too dry and crisped right up D.E.A.D. Tiffany (who has been helping me out in the garden) cut it back and I've been showering it with water whenever I make it out to the garden. New fronds!
The epiphytes tucked into the trunk of the palm (Trachycarpus fortunei) are looking great. On the right in this shot is my Sinopanax formosanus. It's kind of a collectors plant, a little on the pricy side...
...sadly many of it's leaves look like this...
Interestingly the lone tall lily didn't miss a beat. I know many folks around Portland are mourning the loss of their lily buds as they burnt to a crisp.
I was really worried about this section of ferns, I've got some wonderful plants in there and they get late afternoon sun (the hottest sun of the day).
My pair of Lowes chairs did a great job of providing shade.
Thankfully the leaves of Clifford (our big leaf magnolia—Magnolia macrophylla) did fine and they shaded the podophyllum growing at his base.
Behind the garage my Coniogramme intermedia 'Yoroi Musha' suffered. Since it's growing in a container I could have moved it had I been out there in my full gardening capacity. As it was I (and Andrew) moved quite a few things, bromeliads for example, but on my limited excursions I was bound to miss a few important plants.
I have three large Aucuba japonica ‘Longifolia’, they all have some foliage damage.
Dicksonia antarctica does not like sun, lesson learned. I thought it was shaded enough to avoid this. Had I been able check on the garden throughout the day could I have caught the issue before this damage was done? I have no idea.
Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'
This dish planter was the scene of one of my heartbreaking moments during the heatwave, Pyrrosia sheareri and P. polydactyla were shrived. Thankfully they've recovered, although I lost the new growth on P. sheareri.
Another fried Tetrapanax leaf.
I am very surprised the new foliage on the Fatisa japonica 'Murakumo Nishiki' isn't burned.
The drama queen Aralia cordata 'Sun King' flopped into a sad mess more than once during the heatwave, but look! It's recovered nicely, there's lots of dried up foliage in the center.
A few Schefflera taiwaniana leaves look rather sad.
And more than a few looked sad on the Pseudopanax laetus.
Tiffany trimmed off the worst, and left the ones that weren't too bad.
There was even some new growth hiding under the burnt leaves. Fingers crossed this guy is inspired to send out some new leaves.
And here's a cool photo Tiffany took after she trimmed the leaves on the pseudopanax. She said this is sap from the extrafloral nectaries...
Sad aspidistra leaves...
And now, for the saddest of all the plant damage, my beloved and beautiful Podocarpus matudae was hit hard. Here's it's location at the north end of the patio.
Thankfully the variegated daphniphyllum was spared, but behind it you can see the podocarpus foliage.
I have no idea if the plant will drop the damaged leaves or they'll just hang on (this plant is an evergreen—a conifer actually).
Some sections are fine, where as others are scorched. I wouldn't have thought to protect this plant, and even if I had I don't know how I could have done it.
Nearby the gingko was also hit, but since it's a deciduous tree the loss of foliage isn't quite so heartbreaking.
Ending on a positive note! In gardens with a lot of flowers I'm hearing the damage was extensive. Since I don't garden for the flowers my losses in that regard are reduced. The passionflowers (I have both purple and white blooming) couldn't have cared less about the heat.
And thankfully my large patio-side Agave ovatifolia wasn't burnt.
What will the rest of the summer bring? I can hardly imagine...
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