Yesterday when we went to the Tulsa Perennial Club's annual sale, we could see that the rivers were up their banks. Water was up to the bottom branches of the trees along the banks.
It's still raining.
The plant just left of center in this photo is Salix integra 'Hakuro-nishiki' or Dappled Willow, a variegated Japanese willow.
Of course the willows love this weather. They can soak their feet to their heart's content. MOBOT's page (link above in green) says it can have insect and disease problems but it has been a perfectly healthy lady or gentleman in our garden.
The seed trays I put out to take advantage of rain water's benefits will have to be drained or the seeds will be ruined before they can sprout.
CONFESSIONS AND EXCUSES
Plant sales are a great way to see what is working well for other gardeners in your area. Despite my best intentions, two bags of plants came home with me. Is there an addiction program for plant enthusiasts?
We expanded the shade garden this year and I found a couple of things I wanted to try. And, I, well, here's what I bought
Lizard's Tail for the little fountain garden
ButterBur (Bog rhubarb, Devil's hat, Pestilence wort) for a shady bed
Red Yucca for the hummingbirds
Yellow Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) for the butterflies and skippers in part sun back bed
Echinacea or Purple Cone Flower to replace the one that did not return this year
At the Farmer's Market I bought one pot of Variegated Basil, Ocimum xcitriodorum 'Pesto Perpetuo'.
If you have not seen it yet, check out the Promising Plant page of the Herb Society of America. Here's the link.
At the plant sale, club members offered concrete and hypertoufa containers that they made. I bought two shallow leaf-shaped ones to make butterfly feeders.