July is Over–Winter is Coming

Evaluating Annuals

There are many parts of the country that have a lot of warm weather left. I don’t live in one of them. I am famous for saying that we have 2 seasons, winter and July. July is our “summer” and every other month of the year requires some version of fleece and usually lightweight gloves. This year, with its record breaking heat and drought, is no different.

So when late August comes, I begin to evaluate what has done well in the garden–and what I will take a pass on next year. In the case of my petunias, it is going to be a pass, probably for my gardening lifetime.

It’s a shame, too, because I really love petunias and they keep coming out with prettier varieties. But if 6 years isn’t long enough for the petunia worm to forget where I live, forget about it. There are lots of other things to grow.

What has been a delight in this container is the verbena. It’s the first time I have tried it in decades, literally. I only bought it because my choices were fairly limited at the garden center.

I would do it again–and will. My memories of verbena were of a fussy plant that needed deadheading. By midsummer, despite deadheading, it would be covered in powdery mildew. Yuck.

So this year’s version–from Proven Winners–was wonderful! I can’t say enough about how easy and carefree it was–and I was not good at about deadheading either. Definitely a winner.

Next I need to decide which house plants and tropicals make the cut–and if and become compost.

3 thoughts on “July is Over–Winter is Coming

  1. Barbara Petrone August 25, 2020 / 7:59 am

    You are so right about the petunia worms – I have been picking them off and damage is still being done – more zinnias next year…

    • gardendaze August 25, 2020 / 9:07 am

      Zinnias are ones that don’t do well for me but I haven’t tried them in this spot. They might thrive here where there’s more sun. And I love them. But you’re right–with so many choices, no need to grow “wormy” plants!

  2. tonytomeo August 26, 2020 / 10:56 pm

    In our region, we have summer, and a few days of not summer.

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