Friday, July 10, 2009

Hot? Who's hot? We're not!

I wouldn't call my garden particularly xeric -- I have many natives and plants that don't mind hot weather, but my beds are not full of agaves, succulents, grasses and cacti by any means.

I do have a few of those plants scattered about though, and they seem unfazed by this bout of miserably hot weather. It hit 106 and 105 this week, and there is no hope that the mercury will dip below 100 for the next 7 days.

But these guys don't seem to mind:





After walking dogs and watering between 7:00-8:30 a.m. (the only truly tolerable part of the day) I went to a Master Gardeners Association seminar this morning on diagnosing plant problems and it was great. Much of it was refresher, taken from the TMGA courses I took to get my MG certification many years ago, but so good to be reminded and to get some new ideas for ways to deal with disease and pests.

Tonight (when it cools down to 80 degrees) I will be working on the stink bugs in my tomatoes. You'd think the tomato horn worms would have warned them about me!

8 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

A great collection of succulents Diana. I have watched on the Weather Channel about your areas uncompromising heat. Do take caution. If it was that hot here I would not stick my nose out of the house. Ha...

Janet said...

What fun succulents Diana! I have the Burro's Tail...as a house plant.
ps- the Texas Star Hibiscus coccinea is blooming now....seeds will be coming.

Diana said...

Janet -- Can't wait to see the blooms. Mine has 1 bloom today, but it's about done after a week -10 days of 5-10 blooms each morning. It made my day to go out and see it every morning -- hope you're enjoying yours as much. What color is it?

rambleonrose said...

Those succelents are great! I love their textures! I'm sorry you're dealing with such oppressive heat. Around here it's the opposite--it's been a cool and soggy summer, which is presenting its own set of issues!

Diana said...

Lisa -- Well, I am going to get some relief next week - headed to IN on Friday - where your weather is much more pleasant!

Diana said...

Rose -- I know you've got way too much water there, and I guess I wouldn't trade. We had that two years ago and it was a challenge, so I feel for you. Wish we could trade for a week or two!

Pam/Digging said...

I'm glad to hear the class was useful. Wish I'd been able to go too. What is that octopus-sucker plant in your top photo?

Diana said...

Pam -- The class was a great refresher and is now making me look at my plants with a more critical eye. (Not the best thing to do right now!) The top plant is a Kalanchoe - cool, isn't it?