As gardeners, we learn something from every growing season. This year has been another new journey with my garden, and coming out of recent record-breaking heat has provided information for next year. In wandering around my garden one cooling evening after a run of triple digit heat and grueling sun, I noticed several very sad looking plants, including some scorched needles on conifers and dead-looking leaves on some shrubs.

Ann Wright: A scorching, smoky start to September
Ann Wright: A scorching, smoky start to September

Dwarf Blue Spruce with scorched needles.

Ann Wright: A scorching, smoky start to September

Scorched nordman fir.

Ann Wright: A scorching, smoky start to September

Scorched leaves of Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia).