So, if you've noticed a slow down on photos, here is why. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council has confirmed that we are indeed classified as Abnormally Dry. We've had a fairly gentle summer until mid-August, so that was great, but we haven't received significant rain fall in several weeks. I've posted a photo of the columbines that Julie sent me from Ft. Wayne, IN. They are surviving with a little help: mulch and water. I'm optimistic for them in Spring 2018. If they can survive their first summer in Durham, NC they are tough little plants. They are facing south with some protection from a small Japanese Maple.
Julie's photo of the columbines in Ft. Wayne. I can hardly wait to see them in bloom this Spring!