We are having a long stretch of near record dry hot weather. Our garden is starting to show the effects along with keeping G busy watering. I am actually loving it even though the first couple of days which almost reached 90 was a little tough. There seems to always still be a cool breeze.
The grass had gone dormant which is typical. We have not had as many salvias come back as in the past. The Basjoo Banana is not as robust this year. It had sprout back from the ground this year due to the cold freeze early in November last year. The Gunnera is gone but the Melianthus strangely made it through. We also had one Echium pininana survive and bloom this year. Brugmansias are blooming. G thinks the secret to early blooms is not to prune it back when we store it- the blooms come when the stems branch and it takes a while to branch if you cut them back.
We also got an amazing deal on a red Banana. We went to the Home Depot up in Everett to shop for a new stove. We couldn’t resist checking out the plants. It is a super store and the nursery had an excellent selection of plants. We picked up a Miscanthus sinensis ‘Cosmopolitan’ and Echinacea ‘Julia’. And out in the parking lot were pallet loads of red bananas, some about 3 feet and other about 5-6 ft. And the sign said 50% off! We could only fit one of the 3ft plants in the car but what a steal at $10.00!!
And two photos taken a while ago of the Echium pininana