back from holidays to almost dead hanging baskets
I'm new to gardening. My pride and joy were 3 hanging baskets of trailing supertunias. I just returned from holidays and most of my flowers fared well with the plant sitter.
However, I had left instructions that the 3 hanging baskets would be taken down and left under the deck. But, they must have misunderstood as they took them down but left them under the trellis from which they were hanging from and under the scorching South facing back yard. The hanging baskets look almost dead. The blooms are all brown and shriveled. I touched a few of them and they are not totally crispy to the touch and so my best guess is that the plants wilted due to high heat and lack of water. It probably happened in the last few days as some of the dead blooms are not totally crispy to the touch. I don't really want to ask the plant sitters what happened since all the other plants fared well and I don't want to make them feel bad.
I'm guessing that maybe the baskets went for over 2 days with no watering. The foliage is still green and I see a few blooms now that I've watered them and fertilized them. Does that mean that the baskets have a good chance of recovery since the foliage is still rather green and I can see some blooms? I plan to cut back the stems and hopefully "start over". Should I deadhead?...but there are masses of dead blooms now.
I wanted to double check that I was on the right track with cutting the stems back before getting out the shears.
The baskets are now sheltering under my deck.