Thursday, July 30, 2009

Biblical rains tame hell strip

The northeast has been having rains of near Biblical proportions this summer, which has helped our "hell strip" to bloom with abandon. Three summers ago when we first moved here, this was a weedy spot in which only Japanese beetle grubs thrived. Surrounded by pavement - our driveway, our neighbor's driveway, and the road - this area baked nicely all summer and refused to be whipped into anything pleasant to look at.

After adding several doses of humus and good top soil, and finding some plants that had the right stuff, this is finally a prettier corner of the yard.

I don't know the name of this daylily, but it has just bloomed and bloomed with lovely, large peachy flowers. I think it's gorgeous.

The question is, if the rainfall is less spectacular next summer, can this strip do as well?

Note: The plants shown include perennial bee balm, Joe Pye weed, daylily, and lavender. Annuals are nicotiana, marigold, nasturtium, and one volunteer sunflower. Click on photos to enlarge them.