PICTURES FROM THE GARDEN.

At the moment we get lots of rain, we welcome it with open arms. It has been so dry the past months and windy and hot, the drought was getting dramatic. Reserves are low as we have had several very dry years. Especially the farmers were getting desperate. It was even too dry to sow seeds.

But I took a few pictures of my garden when the weather was sunny and hot.

SNOWBALL (always a pretty sight in the garden)

CHIVES FLOWER ABOUT TO OPEN.

HOSTA
GERANIUM PHEUM

GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM (this is a superplant)

GERANIUM SANGUINEUM (blooms for a long long time)

The grapes are growing, the figs, the tomatoes and the peppers are growing so I am happy.

I am still working in the garden, trying to make it easier to maintain, less space for weeds as I am getting older, but lately it was just too hot for me, so when the rain is gone temperatures will be lower and it will be better to work.

Have a great weekend all !!

GOODBYE SUMMER

Summer was odd weatherwise. We had cool, we had hot and very hot. Bone dry but torrential rain once in a while but my garden is looking tatty. A few flowers are still standing but a lot has been scorched by the sun. Today is the last day of Summer weather, as of tomorrow it will gradually cool down and for the next 2 weeks we’ll get lots of rain.

SEDUM SPECTABILE, ALWAYS RELIABLE AND FUN FOR THE BEE’S AND THE BUTTERFLIES
MY FAVORITE SEDUM, SEDUM SPECTABILE ICEBERG
ALWAYS PRETTY, FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA
AUTUMN ASTERS WILL BLOOM TILL FIRST FROSTS
AS YOU CAN SEE, NOT EVERYTHING IS PRETTY IN MY GARDEN, MY CANNA’S WERE BURNED TO A CRISP BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THEY ARE GETTING NEW FRESH LEAFS.
MY FERNS NEAR THE POND
VERONICA VIRGINICA, ALWAYS THIRSTY
AMELANCHIER (SNOWY MISPELUS) LOOSING A LOT OF LEAFS
GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM, WAS TOTALLY BROWN A WHILE AGO BUT GOT NEW LEAFS LATELY

The groundwater here is historically low, rainy weather is not fun but we need it, every single drop. Our local flora is dying cos they can’t stand the drought.

I hope you are all ok. Keep safe and take care !

WHAT SEASON ARE WE IN ??

It is the beginning of August and for us it is the middle of Summer but the heath and drought have ruined a lot of plants so now it looks like Autumn.

It is the second year in a row, I think we should start looking for plants that tolerate more heath and more drought.

AMELANCHIER
BURNED AMELANCHIER

I took this picture 2 days ago and now this tree is almost bare, all the yellow leafs have gone with the wind.

GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM

My gernaniums look all death, luckily I know they’ll come back when we have had a lot of rain and lower temperatures.

FERNS
HENS AND CHICKS (sempervivum)

Even the hen’s and chicks are burned !!!! I have put most of my plants in pots in the shade but as we may not use the waterhose cos of the drought, I have to water them by hand, a huge job.

Have a great weekend all !

EASY PLANT :GERANIUM

If you are looking for easy plants in your garden then think of the geranium family, also called crane’s bill’s.

I am talking about the garden geranium, not the pelargonium that a lot of people call geranium as well, the garden geranium is hardy, the pelargonium is not.

They come in all colours, hights and shapes, they tolerate all sorts of soil, sun or shade, they don’t care. You can have geraniums in bloom from Spring till end of Autumn.  They also attract a lot of bees.They don’t disappear completely in Winter and that is a plus because then you know where they are. But they do selfseed, some more like others but personally I don’t care as they can be removed easily where you don’t want them.

I have taken pictures of the ones in bloom in my garden at the moment.

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GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM SPESSART, white with dark red buds

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GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM CZAKOR: soft purple

This geranium macrorrhizum comes in many colours and is a good ground cover that blocks all weeds.

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GERANIUM PHAEUM : dark purple

I have more geraniums in my garden but they are not in bloom yet, I’ll show them later.

Have a great weekend !!

 

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