Below are details of the biggest challenges and losses but here are a few pix of some of the successes:
At the end of April I posted info about new #perennial plantings and other seedlings that were started. All of the plants were placed accordingly since balconies have their own micro climates based on direction, height and materials from which they are constructed. This year however, even planning didn’t matter. May was a very hot month in Cluj. In fact, the heat was more intense this year and the plants had to be covered for several hours a day when we had long periods without rain. Luckily June has been better with more rain and more clouds which the plants have welcomed. Some of the plants just burned so quickly and some were lost and some saved by moving them. We’ll see what happens.
The Plants with Problems
Generally these are a relatively easy plant. They started out well and several were popping through – I was excited since these have always been one of my favorites. They are so different than many other returning flowers. Yet they do have suffered a few days of burn. Only 1 remains from 10 and its struggling.
One of them completely disappeared and the 2nd burned but has now been moved to another area – It might just make it. These were planted this year.
This one would shrivel and then rebound. It has also been moved and is now shielded by the large Dahlia and it appears that it will make it. I had grown them previously in a shade garden when I lived in a house and knew that the conditions would be difficult, planted it in a shady spot (which is more like a light shaded spot on my balcony) but it took off and was doing very well until the burn.
This one was doing well then several very hot days (even with shielding and watering) seemed to suddenly take a turn for the worse. It has been moved and seems to be making a recovery.
A huge loss – Caryopteris – this has been on the balcony for a few years and started off this spring in its usual way sprouting slowly. Before I knew it BURNED. I tried to rescue it and for about a week it looked like it would make it, until it just up and died RIP Caryopteris! I loved this so since it has tons and tons of flowers, bees love it and the flowering was late summer all the way through mid-fall.
In closing, I want to say that anyone who says that climate change is someone’s head needs their head examined. All gardeners and farmers are so much more connected with nature and not just see things happening they experience them. I hope as a species we get our shit together. Actually this brings me to the next item which is for people who want to get involved in a small or big way on addressing climate change – 350.org.