|Cornus alternifolia 'Stackman' (Golden Shadows™) July 5 at 105F|
Similarly, the buds of the 'Purple Prince' lilies were unable to cope with the extreme heat, failing to open fully and toasting out.
The drooping response to the extreme heat shown by these oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia 'Little Honey') is only temporary.
It's the browning of the foliage that has me concerned. They are prominent on the watering schedule.
Even native plants have started to struggle.
In the foreground at the base of the tree in the image on the left, Hepatica nobilis var. acuta is in distress. Watering in the morning of July 7 revived it (on right), but the infusion of moisture wasn't enough to help the Caulophyllum thalictroides in the background. It has started to give up the fight and is ready to doze off into dormancy. The Hepatica is evergreen and doesn't have that luxury. Watering has also saved the buds of Actaea racemosa.
|Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola', Polyganatum biflorum (Solomon's seal), and Phlox divaricata suffer alongside the Actaea.|
The crucible has had one positive feature. It has revealed the worth of Angelonia angustifolia Angelface series.
|July 7, 2012|
You didn't think I was going to leave you with just dismal thoughts, did you?
(All images were taken on July 5 or 7, 2012. I refused to leave the house during the 106-degree heat on July 6.)