Welcome to Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day (GBFD) for August 2017. My apologies for being absent last month. Part of my reason for not blogging during all of July was that it was so hot I hardly spent any time outside at all unless it was by the sea or at the lake! It was only enjoyable to have breakfast outside, lunch and dinner were eaten in the relative coolness of inside the house. Those of you imagining me sitting on the terrace under the covering of the wisteria were I’m afraid dreaming of some other place. With some days reaching the dizzy heights of 42°C (104°F) it was unbearable for me to be sitting even in the shade.
How have my plants survived this onslaught of heat and drought? Well, for sure evergreens definitely cope better than deciduous trees. Many perennials also decided the best option was to retreat underground so that even though most have survived with some judicious irrigation, very little has flowered.
The first two images were taken a week ago
I don’t know what is growing in the field beyond the garden in this view – it isn’t grass because if it were, it would be golden brown. The field isn’t irrigated so whatever is growing can be harvested for silage even during a drought.
Many of the plants seem to have physically shrunk during the intensely hot summer, making the garden beds look sparse to my eyes and strangely so after the fullness of April and early May.
Compare that to the dome of clipped Lentisco in the foreground.
I wish I had planted a lot more Cypress when I first planted the garden, I love their strong vertical accent.
I have been struggling to keep the Arbutus in front of the Cyprus alive. It was not in a good state when I planted it 2 years ago but I thought it would have grown a little and at least put on some more foliage; I’m hoping that by next spring it will be bushing out and filling in its crown.
The evergreens will be pruned at the beginning of September which should give them a couple of months at least when they will put on growth.
It shouldn’t surprise me but it has that deciduous trees and shrubs really don’t thrive. In a different climate they would grow during summer but when it is as hot as it is here they expend all their energy in just staying alive. There is good reason why we perceive a Mediterranean garden to comprise of evergreens – those are the plants and trees that survive best!!!
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The good news is that the weather is changing. Today it was even OK to have lunch outside and it felt almost cold during the night; and it may not have reached 30°C today. Have a lovely week.