Susan Richards
Susan Richards

Well, summer sure arrived with a whimper instead of a bang!

A cool, often rainy, spring turned into a cool, damp first week of summer.

A friend of mine commented on how poorly her annual pots are performing. The sun has been shining so inconsistently.

Without a doubt, most annuals do thrive in sunny warm weather. However, looking on the flip side, the June blooming perennials and shrubs are all happy. Those flowers last longer when we don’t get extreme heat.

For my garden, all the moisture in the soil has resulted in lush growth and abundant blooms on my Red Prince Weigela and late lilac. Now I just need some dry weather to be able to be out in the garden to enjoy them.

Looking ahead to the long-range forecast, I hope that we have all seen the sunshine by the time you are reading this article.

One particular annual that may be experiencing quite a bit if stress with too much moisture is New Guinea impatiens. They are very prone to root rot when the soil is consistently wet and cool. As the roots deteriorate, the plant collapses and wilts.

Wilt is typically associated with soil being too dry. If you don’t check soil moisture and just water them again, the roots rot faster.

We have had quite a few calls about New Guineas dying and upon inspecting the roots, found them to be dark brown or blackish, showing root rot. Healthy roots are white or light brown.

To combat this weather related problem, try moving hanging baskets in out of the rain. Tip the pot to drain…