October 8th, 2012 at 4:38 pm by under Kevin Orpurt's Blog

This year’s drought has taken its toll on many trees and plants.  One of the shrubs that has been hit especially hard is the ‘Burning Bush’.  I had the unpleasant task today of removing a dead burning bush from my yard.  It was even more unpleasant because my mother gave me the bush when we moved into my present house more than 20 years ago.  It was most certainly dead with no chance of coming back next year, I’m sure.  Usually, this time of year, the bush is a brilliant red-orange.  This year, it was brown and brittle.  While my burning bush makes no comparison to crops lost by farmers, it was still a painful example of how harsh this year’s drought has been

One Response to “BURNED OUT”

  1. Pam says:

    I also have a Burning Bush that has suffered terribly due to the drought. The burning bush is one of the hardiest plants I’ve ever had. I planted it over 20 years ago and haven’t ever seen it look this bad. Part of the bush looks completely dead (holding out hope it will bounce back in the spring). The rest of the bush still looks alive but the beautiful color is completely absent this fall. I agree that our loss doesn’t compare to what the farmers are experiencing, but it surely does bring the reality of the drought and the long term consequences right to your front door.