Every year in the winter months, my mom and I start talking about plants. Once the new year has begun, it's time to start planning. We talk about what did well last year and what we hope to add this year. It seems like every year when talking about perennials, my mom will say, "Well, if it comes back." This strikes me as rather odd. Well, why wouldn't it come back, I ask. It's a perennial! Maybe I just have high expectations.
Last year was one of the hottest (if not the hottest!) years on record! It was truly a scorcher. We had 90 degree temps (and higher!) from April through August. It was miserable. It was also dry. I wasn't surprised to lose a few things by the end of that summer. Even so, the roses looked marvelous! This year we've had copious amounts of rain and the temperature has been much milder than average. A little weird, honestly. The weather has been wet since January. After last year I may, like my mom, have wondered what would come back this year. I had hoped that the moisture would help.
But the moisture didn't bring this guy back. Looks like Penstemon. I think they like dry weather. But did I lose it because of the heat or the wet?
Sadly, my yellow Corydalis did not return. They're supposed to be prolific at reseeding. I got a few volunteers in the past. Not this year!
Virginia Sweetspire Itea 'Henry's Garnet' are native plants for my region. They like the heat and can handle some flooding. Yep, they're dropping like flies.
My coneflowers (and Rudbeckias) came back, but they look no where near this pretty. They are really chewed up. More rain, more bugs? I don't know. Even though we've had incredibly lush growth this year, there were still some plants that just couldn't cut it.
Now, why couldn't the weeds suffer the same fate?!