Tuesday view 16th August

Cathy at Words and Herbs throws out the challenge for us to show the same view of our garden week on week, it is a great idea as you can really see the small changes as well as the more spectacular ones.

Tuesday View 16th August

Tuesday View 16th August (photographed at 9 am)

The light is changing already; it is dark until 6 am now and the evening are closing in more quickly too, that is one part of autumn I don’t look forward to.

With just a little irrigation this Hibiscus has perked up and is producing a few blooms

With just a little irrigation this Hibiscus has perked up and is producing a few blooms



Eschscholzia californica

Eschscholzia californica, very few are flowering now but they add a bright spark when they do appear. 

Echinops ritro one of the few plants that regularly flowers in August without any irrigation

Echinops ritro one of the few plants that regularly flowers in August without any irrigation

We came home from the UK last Monday 8th August; Tuesday was scorching hot but since then there has been a strong wind from the north so that air temperatures were much cooler and a cover was even necessary on the bed!

It feels more like September than August to me (I’m not complaining); the house has remained relatively cool this year as long as I keep the sun out during the hottest part of the day.  There still hasn’t been any rain over the garden even when there was torrential rain and thunderstorms just 5 miles away a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks to Cathy for hosting.

27 thoughts on “Tuesday view 16th August

  1. You have planned so carefully, your garden looks good even without rain. I hope you had a good trip to the UK this year. I’m headed to the Dordogne in a few weeks and am then looking forward to a long stretch at home.

    • Most perennials are now back underground or browned to a crisp, but those will come back when the rain arrives, evergreens definitely seem to perform best in the heat and drought. Enjoy your trip.

  2. After this dry spell the view is a tribute to your planning. This summer has been the driest and hottest I remember here. I am longing for some rain and cooler temperatures. Amelia

  3. I have only just posted mine Christina… nearly forgot what with the holiday yesterday! Your view is looking surprisingly fresh for August. What a lovely sky too. Yes, the light is different here as well, but I haven’t really noticed much change in daylight hours yet. I am pleased to hear the Echinops doesn’t need watering, as I have decided I need one! 😉

  4. It’s good to know that many things will perk up with some added moisture – preferably as rain though, in the circumstances! Sunrise is about 5.50 here at the moment but it is certainly not actually dark then – I will notice it more when I getting up in he dark again!

  5. I noticed the shortening of daylight hours just yesterday myself. I’m already looking forward to fall. Our current heatwave is waning but there’s yet another fire in the mountains to the east, bringing serious problems for the people living out that way and air that’s once again hard to breathe here.

    • We have small fires in summer too; it’s usually caused by idiots who throw cigarettes out of the window and the dry grass catches fire, sometimes whole fields are destroyed and even olive groves but nothing on the scale that you have near you.

  6. Christina aquí también se nota que los días se acortan : amanece más tarde y anochece más pronto. Me encanta la Eschscholzia : su flor de color amarillo fuerte es preciosa. Y el Romero sigue tan bonito y verde como siempre. Espero que lo hayan pasado muy bien en su viaje al Reino Unido. Saludos de Margarita.

    • Yes, I enjoyed my trip and managed to visit several gardens while I was there and met up with Chloris from the Bloomin Garden at Beth Chatto’s garden which was lovely.

      • Me alegro mucho que se lo haya pasado muy bien Christina y haber tenido la suerte de visitar varios jardines preciosos. Habrá disfrutado mucho con su visita una gran jardinera como usted. Saludos de Margarita.

      • Christina me alegro mucho de que se lo haya pasado muy bien. Y de que haya podido disfrutar de la visita de los jardines que seguro que eran preciosos : habrá sido una experiencia muy bonita. Saludos de Margarita.

  7. Your pathway and herbaceous borders are very attractive – I love the combination of curving path and mixed planting.
    Maybe the summer has been really hot throughout the Mediterranean region: here on the southern shore, the heat has been scorching. We have few flowers in our garden by now, but at least variegated foliage (e.g. the “beefsteak plant”) and the blue-grey leaves of dianthus break up the green in places. However, most of the coleas, positioned in a somewhat shaded area, have died.
    Do you manage mostly without irrigation? You only mention it in relation to the hibiscus. Is it possible to store rainwater to use in the hottest months? Sylvia

    • Our water all comes from a well but although we have water I don’t use it for most of the borders as I don’t think it is ethical to use such a precious resource for ornamentals. I do irrigate the vegetable beds and the beds for cut flowers. Our well is 70 metres deep so the pump has to be powerful to pump it to the top of the house so the water actually has quite a high cost from the cost of the electricity.

  8. Oh dear, I don’ t like the idea of Summer coming to an end. We haven’ t had much rain to speak of here for weeks now either. In fact the day we went to Beth Chatto was about the only wet day we have had and that wasn’ t enough to do much good. Your garden looks still looks good though. That tall white Echinops we saw at BC would be a nice addition. I am keeping my eye out for one.

    • Yes, I’d love one of those Echinops. We were lucky it didn’t actually rain while we were in the garden at Beth Chatto’s weren’t we? How are the other plants doing that you bought. Very sadly I think the Santolina I bought has died but your cuttings are still holding on so I’m hopeful they will grow into good plants.

  9. It does look so dry, but the firm greens and denser plantings do give it a restful look and a reassurance that when rains return the garden will spring back to life! Rosemary and cypress are two things I would find it hard to not overplant. They still look so healthy and cool in August.
    Hopefully in a few more weeks you will feel the same!

    • You’re quite right Frank, the Cypress and Rosemary are the stars of the garden at this time of year and in winter too, of course, thanks for encouraging me to think about planting more!

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