Friday, July 9, 2010

Ninety-Five Degrees? No Problem.

Above: flower from a Sedum reflexum, also known as Jenny's Stonecrop (my best guess based on internet research), showing no signs of wilt in 95 degree weather.

Our front yard includes a plethora of incredibly tough, nearly indestructible flowering ground covers - including several types of Sedum. We have so much Sedum on our property, I expect to wake up one morning to find it has invaded the house. Summer is finally here in the Puget Sound region, and July 8 brought high temps between 93-95 degrees, along with the annual drought season. Despite copious watering via hose and irrigation system, most plants in the vegetable/flower garden are wilting in the heat. As the photo above illustrates - 90-plus Fahrenheit is no problem for this Sedum flower which, along with other blooming groundcovers, provides much-needed color after the spring flowers are long gone. Good thing, because it will be a cold day in hell before I start watering the extensive front yard! Go Sedum!

1 comment:

  1. Didn't you just tell me it was a chilly summer so far? The weather gods must have been eavesdropping and thought you sounded wistful.