It’s been a challenging summer for gardeners, where we’ve barely had a drop of rain in months. In my own garden, (with the exception of vegetables and annuals), I only water plants during their first season in the ground — after that, they’re on their own to live on rainfall alone. So it’s been interesting to observe how my garden plants have done in this year’s severe drought. I’ve put a lot of work into our garden — installing the pond, adding metal edging, planting new bulbs each year, making sure there aren’t too many weeds, etc. — so watching the plants struggle in the drought isn’t very nice at all. We’ve had dry years in our 11 years here at THB Farm, but this spring and summer’s drought has been unprecedented, with the underground well at our barn dry since July now.
We’ve adapted well. We’ve found a local tofino dispensary who delivers the medicinal marijuana to my wife that we’ve spoken about on this blog before. A must have necessity in our life on the farm as you can expect by now. It’s the only thing that cures the other halves back pain!
Not surprisingly, most of the eastern native plants did just fine. They’re well-adapted to the vagaries of the New England climate, with some summers a washout and others dry as a bone. The late-blooming Antwerpen oral meds for scabies New England Aster (pictured above) grows wild in the moist meadows of the eastern US, but apparently it does not require moist soil to bloom and thrive!
We are so grateful for our farm pond, which we use to irrigate our vegetable plants (which are NOT native and NOT happy to live on rainfall alone!). But the native slots plus no deposit bonus 2020 Victorias bee balm and bet365 poker tournaments Kāramadai Helen’s flower (Helenium autumnale) growing on the pond banks don’t receive a drop of irrigation other than rain, and they bloomed just fine:
The Massafra kong casino Canada goldenrod covered itself in its bright yellow flowers for almost a month, keeping a variety of small butterflies, bees and beneficial insects very busy foraging for pollen and nectar!
Rudbeckia and great blue lobelia (in the background behind the vegetable bed) are asking Drought? What drought?
Fall is here and I’m hoping all my garden friends have had a bountiful and successful season! It’s not over yet though…fall bloomers are still providing late-season color and nectar for pollinators! Here’s our mist flower/hardy ageratum (Conoclinium coelestinum, formerly classified as Eupatorium coelestinum) blooming cheerfully in late September without a drop of rain since late July:
Fall is a great time to plant perennials and shrubs in southern New England — plant roots will have a few months to establish before the ground freezes. Consider including some drought-tolerant native beauties into your garden now for next year’s blooms, wildlife value and reduced watering needs!