WS 2011 look back
I'm beginning to put a plan together for this year's WS and thought it made sense to look back at what did well vs what didn't do so well this year. I've never experienced extreme weather patterns here in central CT the like of which we've had the past two growing seasons. The summer of 2010 was a total drought with extreme heat and little to no rain the entire season. It was my first WS attempt; watering my seed-grown plants took 2-3 hours every day and I worried about running my well dry.
Fast forward to summer 2011 and rainfall totals from May to October as measured by the rain gauges in my garden are staggering at 39 inches so far. That doesn't include the 8 ft. of snow that fell last winter. New England weather is reliably "changeable" but these extremes seem...well, extreme, even for NE.
What did well? Well, hydrangeas for certain! Astilbe, hosta, ferns and turtlehead were pretty happy with all the wet. A few others that are supposed to like wet conditions didn't thrive in them.
What did you see this year that made you wonder about the effects of climate change on your garden?