Lynn Rogers is a former high school biology and Spanish teacher. She is a Washington County Master Gardener, a garden writer and a singer in her church choir. She is a proponent of organic gardening and is a plant collector.


Despite drought, many plants are blooming.
by Lynn Rogers - posted 07/19/12

Drought in Arkansas this summer has reached severe proportions in most of the state. My husband, Jerry and I spend a large part of each day watering just to keep things alive. Large trees, like oaks and maples are at risk and should be watered. Despite the drought, some plants are still blooming. Several white hydrangeas are beautiful now. Many go by the nickname PeeGee which stands for Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora, using the initials of the species names.

Hardy hibiscuses are pretty now too, like this one, Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrum'

Crinum lilies, which are long-lived bulbs originally from Africa, are staples in southern gardens. They have been found in abandoned home sites and at old businesses. Jenks Farmer, owner of Lush Life Nursery, has one offering named Regina's Disco Lounge, because of the roadhouse where it was found. The lilies pictured below are 'Ellen Bosanquet' and Milk and Wine.

Ellen Bosanquet and Milk and Wine crinum lilies


I have another white hydrangea, which is a PeeGee, called 'Lime Light'. Its beautiful trusses of flowers have a slight greenish tinge. Very floriferous.

Hope these flowers brighten your day. Water early and stay in the shade with a glass of cold, sweet tea. See you in the garden.




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Lynn Rogers - 07/21/2012

Hi, Rachel.
Mark told me you'd left a comment on this blog so I'll try answering you here. Hope you are doing well. Still gardening?
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