Here in the Midwest, we continue to bake with temperatures close to 100° with very little rainfall. We’ve only had 0.21″ of rain this month. So, who in their right mind would decide to plant trees, rose bushes, flowers, and shrubs in the middle of a drought?
That would be two goofballs named Ray and Anthony after discovering early “end of the season” bargains. Last year, we found discount trees in September. Last weekend, Hy-Vee had already closed down their garden centers at the Moline locations and Lowe’s, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, and Menard’s were drastically dropping the prices on what they had left.
It all started last Friday when we bought three flowering bushes at Hy-Vee. Then Sunday, after brunch with my sister, we decided to hit the other three stores that I mentioned and this is what we came home with!
We then went around the front and back yards deciding where we wanted to plant things. Once that was done, it was time for the difficult task of digging holes into the hard, dry, baked ground. This is what the ground looks like when you’re running more than 5″ below average on rainfall since June 1st!
However, we got the two Limelight hydrangea, two snowball hydrangea, a Diablo Ninebark shrub, three butterfly bushes, two hibiscus tree descendants, a lilac bush, a clump Birch tree, a Colorado Blue Spruce, an Austrian Black Pine, two Dappled Willow trees, four rose bushes (white, pink, yellow, and paprika), and my favorite, a Black Chokeberry fruit tree planted.
In addition to those that we planted in the ground, we also have a new fern on the front steps, an Orchid and a tropical plant on the sun porch, a Dracaena (tropical plant) in the living room, and another huge Mandevilla potted and sitting in the fire pit.
So, as some farmers across eastern Iowa and northwestern Illinois are beginning to mow down their corn crops that didn’t pollinate due to the drought, all of our plants are thriving thanks to a nice dose of daily water from the water hoses and not the sky.
My quest is that in a couple of years, I’ll have either a “Better Homes and Garden” yard or a smaller yard to mow.