The Slope on Tuesday 25th June 2013

This weekly post about the slope is also a good opportunity to give an account of the weather too.  It is easy for me to think that the weather is more consistent than it really is, a regular report will help me understand the climate better.

Last week when I wrote, the weather had suddenly become very hot and I admit to slipping into a bit of a depression, imagining that a drought was beginning just like in 2012.  But last Thursday at about 7pm, the wind changed direction brought a cooling breeze which has remained until now.  It is pleasant to be outside, cool enough to sleep well and even rain is forecast for the next few days; I can breathe again!

On the slope, looking towards the road, Perovskia is bluer than before changing the spectrum of colour away from orange, Panicum “Heavy Metal” adds another blue tint with its upright foliage.

Perovskia

Perovskia

The slope

The slope

Verbascums are strong verticals, vying with the Cyprus to be the exclamation marks on the slope today.

The slope looking left as you enter the gate

The slope looking left as you enter the gate

The slope

The slope

Euphobiia in the foreground, they are about to have the head flower heads removed

Euphobiia in the foreground, they are about to have the head flower heads removed

The slope

The slope

The slope

The slope

How is your garden looking today?  What’s the temperature? Is it good gardening weather?

The slope

The slope

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27 thoughts on “The Slope on Tuesday 25th June 2013

  1. Glad to hear you had a cool down…I am so enamored with the grasses and how they make a perfect backdrop for the flowers…we are trapped in a heat wave in the 90s daily with extreme humidity making it unbearable even to garden in early morning although I do for an hour or 2. We have daily rain storms with 1/2 inch of rain so no complaints there…would like to cool it down 10 degrees though.

  2. 30 degrees Celsius with windy mornings and afternoons is what you get here in north of Portugal. This was one of the most wettest springs ever and the sudden climate chance is “melting” the foliage down. Im not going to water it, the garden has to survive and the plants will adjust. What verbascum is that one? do you know?

    • Hi, I think you’re the first person to comment from Portugal, welcome. The Verbascum is wild, blown into the garden from the countryside around me. I’ll post about it soon, I’ve been reading my wild flower books to try to find which one it is.

  3. Your slope is looking lush and what a gorgeous blue sky. Glad you’re getting some rain. The weather affects my outlook. It’s very humid this week, but I’m grateful for the rain. In between showers the sun returns.

  4. The slope is gorgeous! I love it! It’s been good weather here this morning, cloudier this afternoon. I took the day off today and have spent all day in the garden, mostly relaxing. I’m still here now actually! I must think about making something to eat pretty soon! It’s lovely to just observe and relax though isn’t it. Recording the changes and enjoying the garden 🙂

  5. Your Perovskia is way ahead of ours, I always think of it as a late summer flower, but your heat will have brought it into flower sooner. So glad your weather is cooler for you, when it’s too hot, working in the garden is impossible!

  6. Your slope is ever gorgeous! No cooling down here, but I did feel a cool breeze the other day. I am happy for what I get. We also had a lot of rain yesterday. I am so thankful for that!

  7. I know exactly how you feel Christina – our weather changed last Thursday evening too with a big thunderstorm and the relief has been immense since then! It is now just 15 degrees or so, and showery, so I will get some gardening in this week too. Your verbascum is truly majestic. They occasionally pop up in my garden but have to be weeded out as they rob other plants of precious moisture! And all that Perovskia is wonderful! I think I’ll have to plant some more too. Lovely images again, providing me with inspiration. 😀

  8. Love that Verbascum! It’s in the upper 80s (F), and we are getting one rainstorm after another, some of them fairly dramatic. The garden is loving this weather though, everything is very green. Only downside is tall plants keep keeling over. I would gladly send you some of our rain if I could.

  9. The slope is lovely. Keeping a record of your garden on a blog is great as you can look back to compare growing years. We have had more than a week of heavy rain and thunderstorms in Maine…not our usual start to summer.

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