By any yardstick one cares to use, this year has fallen well shy of the mark for gardeners. In fact, it has been the most challenging year to be a gardener in Texas that most of us can, or care to, remember.
A lot of good plants were lost during the long, hot, dry summer. I told you about some of my losses here. But I don't want to leave you with the impression that the year has been a total wash-out. Along with the losers, there were plenty of winners.
Nearly all the plants that were lost in my garden had been planted there within the last couple of years and so they had never experienced anything but harsh weather, either hot or cold. They had never really had a chance to get established. But most of the plants in my yard have been here a lot longer than two years and are well-established, and, even though they may have suffered, they came through all the trials provided by the weather and they are still standing.
Most of my "winners" will be very familiar to regular readers of the blog. Here are just a few of them.
Well, I could go on, but you get the idea. My garden is really not the vast wasteland that, in my despairing moments, I may give the impression that it is. In addition to these winners, there are almond verbena, 'Cuban gold' duranta, 'Montrose purple' vitex, oakleaf hydrangea, cannas, Turk's cap, Esperanza, porterweed, buddleias, hibiscus, abelia, potato vine, Texas sage, muscadine, loropetalum, tradescantia, leatherleaf mahonia, just to name a few that have laughed at adversity and kept on growing and producing. Check back in a couple of days when I do my Bloom Day post and you'll see even more of them!