|Dead Ginkgo in Waverly.|
|Dotted Gayfeather - Liatris punctata|
But then I take a closer look at the landscape and am pleasantly surprised to see many plants hanging on, some producing flowers and fruits, and making me wonder how anything can survive with such little moisture. Species that have caught my eye in a positive perspective include most oak trees, our native burning bush (Eastern Wahoo - Euonymus atropurpureus), gray dogwood, most native grasses, several native perennials including ironweed and dotted gayfeather, stiff goldenrod, compass plant, etc. All is certainly not lost and Mother Nature is telling us something if we care to listen: "Work with me here folks and your gardens can flourish even in a bad drought year".
|Ironweed - Vernonia baldwinii|