Carol at Maydreamsgarden hosts this brilliant meme that shows what is in bloom in gardens around the world on the 15th of the month. When you’ve finished looking at what’s flowering in my Hesperides Garden do visit Carol to see other seasons, other flowers and other ideas; why not join in? It is fun to see how some plants are present everywhere and others only appear in one or two places.
For me it helps me know which plants flower together and exactly how long they flower for. This is so helpful when deciding if a plant is worth the space it is allocated. As water is at such a premium here it also helps to know what effect the weather is having on flowering etc. So while I find GBBD really interesting I try to always join in because it is good discipline for me.
When I wrote August’s GBBD we hadn’t had the usual hot summer weather – the temperatures changed on 16th August! Two weeks or scorching temperatures 38° C plus during the day and the night-time temps, only falling by about 10°C followed. The usual September rain hasn’t arrived, morning and evenings are cooler again (25 – 27°C) but during the days it is very hot and humid. The humidity does mean there is a little moisture in the air that the plants can make use of, but I have only moved plants I know won’t suffer without water for a while. Sowing seeds should be good as the soil in their trays warms up quickly; Some Hemerocallis I planted straight from the seed pod have germinated, I don’t know how true to the parent they will be, but it will be interesting to find out.
All four types of rose in the above bed (William Shakespeare, Tradescant, Queen of Sweden and Sophie’s Perpetual) have been flowering more or less all summer. They have irrigation three times a week. The amount of water is a key issue. The irrigations tube to one of the pillars around the terrace was broken for a week or so which meant that that pillar’s rose was receiving much more water then I intended. But that is the only one of the Yellow roses to flower during August and into September so it proves to me that if I want all my roses to flower more I have to give them more water or accept that they will flower in spring, with maybe a second flush and then no more until the autumn rains arrive.
The cooler weather does mean that R. Mutabilis has all colours of flowers together in high summer all are crimson.
As you’ll see if you click on the image below to see a slideshow of everything in flower there are a few surprises. The prostrate rosemary has flowers (normally this is during winter) and although there are some flowers on the Asters they aren’t at all in full bloom yet; maybe they will be for October’s GBBD. Have a great day wherever you are.
Look carefully at the Californian poppy, I think a yellow spider is eating a fly, I didn’t even notice it when I took the photo.
If you would like to join me on the 22nd October I’ll be posting about Foliage in the garden, a new meme I hope you’ll join in.