Sometimes I wander, is the big garden a blessing or the curse? At present, this is how most of the grass looks like - scorched and dry. Only shady areas are partly spared of this terrible look. Please, take a notice of green spots in the grass - this tough little fellows we consider weeds keep up in this horrible growing conditions.
Well, you might ask why I don't water the lawn. We are already following the first degree of water spare, and I only water flowers and vegetable garden just about so much to keep it alive. No need to tell you that such measures have great impact on plants look, but forget the aesthetic. At this point, I just want plants to stay alive.
Helianthus helianthoides 'Lorraine Sunshine'
This Helianthus, a cousin of sunflower, loves sun and dry conditions as it's name suggested; Greek helios means sun.
I need about two hours to water the garden properly so, from this point of view, a big garden might be a curse. Anyway, on my scale 'the blessing' side prevails.
Hosta plantaginea suffers the most of all Hostas I got. It's tender leaves simply have sun burns! I use to water in the evening ( finished watering at 23 h yesterday!) to diminish evaporation; nights are not so hot as the days. Besides, if you water during the day and drops of water remain on foliage, each of them will act as tiny lens and cause additional burn up.
As I pulled down the walnut tree, they remained exposed to the sun. I think I will transfer most of my Hostas to shady areas in October and replaced them with some sun loving plants. That's what I love about gardening, nothing is defined and there is always a room for changes.