Spring Diplay fades with heat

mantis__ohJune 2, 2014

Much warmer than normal here, and unfortunately, the Almanac predicts a hot summer (hot summers and frigid winters--not my idea of a pleasing climate). Shade plants are a welcome retreat (tradescantia):
From Jun 2, 2014

Bletilla with spigelia:

Campanula glomerata (a very invasive plant):

Weigela variegata was surprisingly good this spring despite the extremely harsh winter:

Angel Cheeks just finished:

The Fawn was a great performer this year. Unfortunately, excessive heat cut short the peony season.

As was Showgirl:

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kathi_mdgd

Beautiful,all of them,dh planted peonies last year and this year they look healthy,no flowers yet.They say they don't do well in S.Calif,but we'll see!! Don't know if you don't try,right???
Kathi

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 4:09PM
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mantis__oh

Kathi, some peonies are more heat tolerant, but most prefer a cold winter period. I would ask a grower about specific ones for the south before getting any more.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2014 at 8:09AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Kathi, my sister-in-law in SF places ice cubes around her lilac bush in the early spring to get blooms. Maybe that would help your peonies if they don't bloom otherwise.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2014 at 11:58PM
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bellarosa(z5/IL)

Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2014 at 5:00PM
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