…Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds….

In the span of a few short weeks, the yard and flora have gone from lush green and rich full blooms to the Sahara Desert.

My hydrangea were crapola again this year, a few white blooms but mostly brown ones – now, dead, drooped over gasping for water.

I won’t win Gardener of the Year Award with this look!

The lawn is burned out in many places, fried as if it were a drought laden August.


My beloved birch tree is also panicked from not having enough water. Leaves burned on the branch – the yellow not a sign of autumn, rather a sign of distress.


The sky got dark this afternoon as if it could rain, but has not and I see no forecast that includes a few days of rain that will revive the yard. Granted, its the end of the season, soon the snow will cover it all, the hydrangea is due to get cut back any day now, but still, it’s hard to watch the yard suffer so much after a great spring and summer when there was never a need for sprinklers or a hose.

The stink bugs LOVE this weather and I spent much of this afternoon flicking them off the outside screens. None inside….yet….but they always manage to find some way of wriggling in. Hate them.

20 thoughts on “…Drifting along with the tumbling tumbleweeds….

  1. We’d like some rain as well. Showers are predicted for the weekend but showers aren’t rain. Not familiar with stink bugs. I think I’d know if we had them, though.
    Neighboring towns have water restrictions. Not the case in mine. Our town water is expensive as far as water bills go but we have plenty of water.
    As for snow covering the garden, I’m happy to wait a while. Next March would be soon enough for then it wouldn’t hang around very long.

    1. No stink bugs in our RI neck of the woods.. yet. I think it’s only a matter of time because the pest company The Big Blue Bug, an icon along I-95 in Providence has ads for killing stink bugs. So lower RI may or Providence may. Keep them at bay. They are like cockroaches.

    1. I wasn’t awake at 11:15 to know if it rained here too. I’ll check patio in a few minutes.

      UPDATE: Looks like we got some rain too. Not a whole lot but a drizzle is better than drought.

  2. do you cut your hydrangeas back in the fall, I was told to leave mine to overwinter if I wanted flowers the next year. Mine have been very sad this year, very brown like yours.

    1. I do cut back my hydrangeas (well, I don’t, my gardener does and she believes that is right) but I may leave them uncut and see if it makes a difference. It’s been two years of bad hydrangeas. These plants were formerly down my the swimming pool where they did exceptionally well – huge blooms. Transplanting them may have shocked them and also where they got moved to isn’t all that optimal a location. I wasn’t home the day the gardeners moved them (the plan got lost in translation) but I kept them where they are to see if they’d do alright, and they haven’t. I want them closer to my house. I may deep six these and buy a different variety. These are snowball hydrangea, with blooms that are giant – when it rains, it takes down the entire plant.

    2. Depends on which species of hydrangea…don’t ask me which. I cut all ours down one fall and some flowered the next spring, others not. My lawn guy advised me not to cut any in the fall to be safe.

      1. There seems to be two sides to the cut back argument – not just hydrangeas, but some people tell me they never cut back their peony plants either. I do. Down to the nub practically. Where do you stand on peony cutting?

        1. When I re-landscaped this house 16 years ago, I made the mistake of filling too may beds with attention-laden plants. Peonies require much attention and while gorgeous, I’m not sure I’d do it again. Next house, no.

        2. I don’t know which is which but I have two types of hydrangeas in my yard. One gets cut in the fall and the other in the spring. If I mess up and cut the spring ones in the fall, they don’t bloom in the spring. The other variety seems to be OK if I wait to prune them in the spring but results are better if I take them back in the fall. I know the pattern now and it works but I don’t understand why.

          On the peonies, I don’t cut them back until the foliage is shot completely, sometime in the second half of November. I leave about 3 inches above the ground. This has been successful for me for the past 6 years although the plants aren’t so pretty after they’ve bloomed.

        3. That’s where my peony plants are now. Dead ugly in the garden beds, not cut back yet but will before the first frost.

          Our RI hydrangeas (blue) don’t get cut back ever and they grow and bloom like crazy. Here in NY, it’s a constant battle. I don’t know enough about hydrangea varieties to even fake look smart in a discussion about when to cut back. I’m a lazy gardener. I like to look but leave the grooming to others. Sigh.

  3. Is the stink bud infestation something new. I used to live up in your neck of the woods and I don’t remember seeing em but a few at a time.

    In my neck of the woods, we’ve been having very windy rainy storms. Coming from the east. Probably along the lines of 3/4 of a foot of rainfall in the past few days. The ground soaks it right up. Eastern winds are driving the surf plus we have full moon king tide. Its excellent!! I love it when the ocean overruns the streets. My neighbors aren’t to keen on it though. I say bring it on.

    1. Wikipedia says first stink bugs seen in 1998 but really it wasn’t until 2009-10 that they made their way to do many states. They are harmless but a total nuisance. It’s when they get inside that grosses everyone out. I had one on the lip of my tea cup one day. Skeeved me out something fierce.

      From your weather description I’m guessing you are in Florida? Lots of wind and rain there.

  4. My gardening understanding: White-blooming hydrangeas may be cut back. Others must not be cut as their buds form on the “canes”.

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