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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GERANIUM MACRORRHIZUM SPESSART, white with dark red buds
GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM CZAKOR: soft purple
This geranium macrorrhizum comes in many colours and is a good ground cover that blocks all weeds.
GERANIUM PHAEUM : dark purple
I have more geraniums in my garden but they are not in bloom yet, I’ll show them later.