Tuesday View 8th August 2017

I can report that it is a little cooler at night but the daytime temperatures are still at record highs; 38°C for much of the day which translates to 100°F.

I photographed ‘the view’ at approx. 11.30 this morning.  almost too hot to stand still to take the photographs.

Tuesday View 8th August 2017

Parched is my description of the garden at present.

Hibiscus flowers even on the hottest days but usually only last a couple of hours!

After any rain (a storm two weeks ago) comes these flowers. I forget their name always sorry!

and another plant of the same variety with slightly pinker flowers.

Do visit Cathy at Words and Herbs who hosts this meme.

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27 thoughts on “Tuesday View 8th August 2017

  1. I admire those stalwarts that can manage to bloom even under such stressful conditions. We finally had rain overnight after about a 3-week dry spell. Doesn’t seem like enough but a relief nonetheless.

  2. I stop feeling sorry for myself when I read about your temperatures. We are having a spell of “autumn” weather not at all like the usual August. We are having low overnights and even cloudy days which revive us, if not the garden. Amelia

  3. I read that a large swath of Europe was experiencing a horrendous heatwave. I’m so sorry the heat continues to plague you. News of an unpublished study on climate change by 13 US government agencies was leaked to the press today indicating that the situation for the US is far more serious than the official White House sources have been willing to admit – it remains to be seen how the President and his dreadful EPA chief will respond. It’s all so terribly depressing.

    Is the plant that responds so readily to moisture possibly a Leucophyllum? the foliage and flowers, as well as the response to rain, seems on target.

    • We’re heading for the third year of the hottest year ever (the last last we’re last year and the year before) which surely tells us something! Having had a cold spring, summer kicked in early and it has been hot ever since.

  4. Ouch! I know that heat. I am grateful for recent rains that have kept our temps cooler than normal, even with our humidity. And in about 6 weeks we should be turning toward the wonderful days of autumn!

  5. I hope that the hideous sounding heatwave abates soon, Christina, the heat must be oppressive. Kris’ comment is very interesting, perhaps as gardeners many of us are noticing changing weather patterns that call into question what we are growing. Given the conditions, your selections seem expertly informed.

    • My choices were based on the fact that I didn’t want to irrigate as I think it morally wrong to waste water on ornamental plants in a place where rain is quite rare. As it is this year I am having to irrigate many of the plants that should be drought tolerant. Almost all my perennials are suffering, where as the evergreens are coping better which may explain why our preconceived ideas about Mediterranean gardens are in fact basically correct when I have, in the past, auguri that they were wrong. I will try to expand on this in my GBFD post this month.

  6. Good morning Christina! Your garden is amazing, standing up to such heat with no rain for so long now. You have created a beautiful place and I do hope the temperatures drop and you can enjoy it again soon.

  7. I don’t really have any idea how 38 degrees feels! Poor you, I like the low twenties myself. Still, I like the look of your bleached garden though because you’ve been so clever with your textures.

    • Thanks for the confirmation. Temperatures are dropping a little but it still feels very hot. You have less humidity than us (although it isn’t very high here) so your temperatures must feel much better! Humidity also makes a big difference to the plants. When I was in North Carolina two years ago it was 38°C but with very, very high humidity and I saw plants were doing much better than in my garden (even when I irrigate if its very hot).

  8. There will always be variations in weather in the normal,scheme of things but with an increasing number of ‘hottest’ months and years and this report that Kris mentions it is fairly clear what the overall trend is… 😦
    How have you been spending your time, Christina, imprisoned behind your shutters and unable to enjoy your garden?

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