Many flowers retreated when the heat struck but I have some heat tolerant survivors. My Grevillea in particular took the beating in stride with just a bit of burnt foliage.
|This back view is somewhat nondescript but does highlight the graceful foliage of Agonis flexuosa 'Nana'|
As you can see, I was able to find some heat tolerant companions for the Grevillea.
Most of the Eustoma in bud or bloom also survived the heat, although some of the foliage got toasted. I noticed that the plants installed last year have far thicker and more succulent leaves and stems than any of the plants installed as plugs this spring, which presumably gave them greater resilience.
I've still got Agapanthus in bloom but couldn't find inspiration for any new pairings there. The dead sweet peas plants went into my green bins but I planted Zinnia plugs in their place. Zinnias are heat tolerant, if not especially drought tolerant, so I hope they'll provide new options in future weeks. In the meantime, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, our illustrious "In a Vase on Monday" hostess, to find other floral and foliage creations.
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