|'Carolina Sapphire' Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica 'Carolina Sapphire')*|
Not much got done in the garden that I can remember. I did prune a couple of roses ... poor 'Glamis Castle', one of the two David Austins I bought early this year, lived up to those roses' reputation for being finicky. I cleaned up the diseased foliage, did a little nipping and tucking, and will hope for a fall flush of blooms. I've noticed that the Mutabilis Rose, which I insulted grievously by overpruning it last year, has more branch dieback. I plan to take cuttings from it and get them started this fall, in the event of its demise.
Mercy, the Purple Coneflowers in back are struggling. I pulled a trugload of them this week and I expect more will need to go. I think it may just be a case of too many plants in too little space, thanks to self-sowing and my tossing seeds at random. While working on those, I discovered that my largest clump of Phlox pilosa 'Forest Frost' had a serious case of the dwindles. When I did some cutting back, I found what I at first thought was pillbug damage, but now suspect may be cotton root rot. I should have taken a picture to show the extension agents, dang it.
Although daytime temperatures have still been in the nineties, the evenings are dipping into the seventies and it's possible to sit outside as the day fades, watching the garden wind down for the night. One good thing about the lack of rain: fewer mosquitoes to torment me!
The week to come will be a busy one as I get ready for the 2010 Garden Writers' Symposium in Dallas. I'm looking forward to renewing friendships, learning more about new plants and products for gardeners, and seeing what the gardens in Dallas are like. Lifelong Texas resident I may be, but I've spent very little time in Dallas over my (mumble, mutter) years. Only one thing really stands out in my memory about Dallas: my sister and I were convinced that we saw Al Pacino in a coffee shop outside Six Flags Over Texas. It was not Al, however, merely someone's brother.
*The Arizona Cypress pictured above is 3 years old now but has only been in that particular spot since last year. It has really taken off there, though; even my arborist was impressed to see it doing so well. It's beginning to spread out as well as grow up. When the pine tree decides to shuffle off its mortal coil, the cypress will be the star of that area.