Cathy at Words and Herbs asks us to choose one view of our garden and show it each week. It is a great exercise for learning how much (or little) a view changes during the seasons.
I like to keep a record here of the weather. Again it has been a strange week! (how many times have I said or written that this year?). the weather was hot and sunny from Tuesday through to Friday when I planned to go to the beach; it was cloudy and breezy all day as was most of Saturday; not cold and really very pleasant. For Sunday thunderstorms were forecast and in the late afternoon we saw lightning and heard thunder but it didn’t seem to be very close and there wasn’t one drop of rain. At about 6pm we left the house to visit a friend; about a mile from the house the road was quite wet and as we continued the 5 miles into town there was more evidence of heavy rain – for a gardener this is one of the most depressing things one can see! A little later there was more rain in town but again nothing with us. The same thing happened again yesterday – there is positively a line on the road where the rain stops! As I’m writing this I can hear thunder but the sun is shining when I look out of the window.
The view was actually photographed last evening and I hadn’t noticed that the camera was on the automatic setting and therefore the flash went off highlighting the seedheads rather attractively.
It is clear that the evergreen plants which are mainly Mediterranean natives cope better with the heat and drought that deciduous trees and shrubs. Even a long established walnut looks very stressed and the fig has lost half its leaves. The Hibiscus (bright green in the foreground) as been watered but nothing else in the Large Island has.
Just behind the Hibiscus and to the right and left I’ve enlarged the group of Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’; I love its deep colour next to the bright silver foliage of Santolina.
Do visit Cathy to see her view and those of others from across the globe who are willing to share a view.