It is a while since I’ve posted about the slope. I did take some photographs last week but then my laptop decided that it needed a rest and wouldn’t work; I am backing up almost every time I use it as I am sure it is going to break down very soon – I’m nursing it along as I really don’t want to buy a new one at this moment (apart from not knowing whether to change to Apple or continue with Microsoft – any thoughts on this would be gratefully accepted!)
Did I mention how hot it has been since we returned from the US? The slope is perfect for showing you what high temperatures, free draining soil and no rain since the beginning of June can do.
While it is this hot I get up at 5.30 am so that I have a few hours to work outside in the garden and a little inside too, before it is too hot to do anything except read or sleep, actually it’s too hot to sleep!
Just to provide a contrast here’s the slope at the end of May; full of colour with Californian poppies.
Doesn’t it look lovely?
These photographs were taken at about 6.30am this morning, the camera actually thought it was too dark and wanted the flash for many of the images.
Even the fennel has only a few flowers and looks ready to die back.
Even sun lovers are looking rather sad and washed out, I’m struggling to be positive but have promised to try to be more like the gardeners who have to endure long winters with their gardens covered with snow, but like them all I want to do is hibernate indoors where it is cooler.
There are a lot fewer Verbascum this year but I’m sure more will reappear next year.
The colours may be missing in the above but looking closely I can enjoy the form of the different plants, it is harder to appreciate this when I’m actually out there under the beating sun.
What do you do when it is too hot to be outside? Does your garden look lack-lustre in July? What do you do to cheer yourself up?