Another nameless Iris Continue reading
I’ve never seen my Bearded Irises as tall; ideal for the cyclone we are promised! I do hope the 50 and 60 km per hour winds that has been mentioned doesn’t materialize. Continue reading
Welcome to GBFD, a day to celebrate the foliage backbone of the garden.
After a glorious sunny, spring-like day on Friday today is grey with a cold wind; so not a day to enjoy being in the garden at all. I think that in spring we are all looking for signs of the new season especially flowers so it is easy to forget that spring also brings all the new foliage on trees, emerging perennials and the special promise we get from the foliage of bulbs appearing. Continue reading
There is a change in the weather and in the appearance of the slope this week.
It isn’t so much that the day time temperatures are higher, although it is slightly warmer, but at night the temperatures are not dropping so much. I have noticed some plants are telling me they need a little irrigation, the moisture in the soil is diminishing and without addition water non drought tolerant plants would begin to shrivel. Continue reading
I promised a while ago to show you what other things are in the area now known in my head as the Magenta Zone! Pink sounds too girly for such a strong, vibrant colour.
Here is a description I found of a newly purchased Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’ “From Rolf Offenthal at Germany’s Countess Helen Von Stein’s Nursery comes an excellent new geranium hybrid (Geranium sanguineum x Geranium psilostemon). Each plant makes a 10″ tall x 3′ wide mound of cut-leaf green foliage, topped all summer with 1″+ lavender flowers (why are the people who describe plants colour blind? – it’s clearly not lavender colour in any images let alone in life!). Unlike straight Geranium sanguineum clones which it resembles, Geranium ‘Tiny Monster’ is sterile, so more flowers will result along with no unexpected little ones appearing and begging for support.”
I bought two well grown pots which I was able to divide into 9 small plants to spread under the Arbutus tree. I don’t usually irrigate this area so I will have to wait to see how much water it requires.
The Cistus is actually not quite in the Magenta zone but I might extend the planting to reach it or I have some cuttings from it I took last year and I will plant it in the ‘zone’.
Rosa L D Braithwaite is slightly redder than the true magenta colour I have been aiming for but having moved it once I will allow it to stay. I don’t have a good image for it at the moment, I’ll post about it again when I write about all the roses.
Achillea millefolium ‘Cassis’ is a lovely colour this self-seeded last year and so far seems to have come true.
Do you have a colour themed area in your garden? A classic Sissinghurst White Garden?
I usually try to post every bloom there is in the garden for GBBD (for my own record of what is flowering if nothing else), but I’m beaten today! There are just too many flowers and to be truthful even though I love every single bloom it is the overall effect of the garden that is giving me the most joy.
I will try to post about more of the flowers individually during the next month. Cistus, Eschscholzia californica (and not just orange), Roses, Iris – all deserve their own post.
Thanks to Carol for hosting. You might want to peek over the garden wall at some blooms in other gardens so do visit Carol at MayDreamsgarden.
So here (grab a cup of tea maybe) is My Hesperides Garden on GBBD in May. I hope your gardens are giving you as much pleasure as mine is to me, happy bloom day.
The quality of the images isn’t as good as usual as today was very sunny but rain is forecast for tomorrow so I needed to get them today.
Although I don’t have a Sissinghurst-type white garden as part of my garden I do love white flowers. They add pools of light in dark shady areas and are, for me, essential to have on the terrace or near it because they seem to be luminous in the evening as dust and then night arrives.
Here are the white flowers in the garden during the first week in May.
The above you’re seen in my post about Irises, but worth seeing again I feel.
Well, mostly anyway! The weather since the last BloomDay has been good for the garden; rain and warm sun. Most plants have been tricked into believing that it is spring rather than the beginning of winter.
There has been a lot of rain in the last weekend; many of you will have seen images of Venice and maybe of road collapsing and swallowing a car in Tuscany. For more about the rain click here.
There is some autumn colour, the walnuts have lost their leaves, the pomegranate foliage is butter yellow and all the Miscanthus are looking beautiful but other plants are enjoying a second spring and I’m enjoying it too; in a small way it makes up for the torrid summer.
Ceanothus has a few flowers the blue of the blooms matching the blue Italian sky.
One Cistus has one flower (yes, I know that one flower proves nothing it is an anomaly). The moist ground has really prompted the roses into flower, there are more, even, than in October. During the early days of November I was surprised and delighted to see that the ends of all the branches of the Philadelphus had flowers, they only persisted for a week or so, so can’t be included in Bloomday for November but they deserve a mention.
Solanum jasminoides Album is covered in blooms and will probably continue to be until some really cold weather arrives. All the different varieties of Salvia are flowering profusely, I think I under-value them because I find it hard to get good images of them.
This post is late, yesterday I wasn’t feeling great so didn’t go into the garden to photograph the blooms, today it is very windy and the bright morning sun has made some of the colours a little strange. You can see most of what’s blooming in My Hesperides Garden by clicking on the image below.
Thank you to Carol at Maydreams Garden for hosting this interesting meme, take some time to visit some of the other gardens joining in this month to see what’s blooming around the world.
I’ve been reading some wonderful posts about autumn foliage colour, please feel free to link to Garden Bloggers Foliage Day on the 22nd of each month – I think November may be the most colourful so far!
Another month has passed and it’s time again to join Helen the Patient Gardener for the end of month view; thanks for hosting again Helen
On Sunday last we had a little rain, enough to wet the ground. Night-time temperatures have dropped a little; being able to sleep at night has made me feel a little better.
If the cooler nights continue, but already last night was warmer than Sunday night, the plants will benefit from some dew. Lower temperatures are also promised for next week (I have everything crossed!).
The August issue of my Italian gardening magazine communicates that there hasn’t been a June and July together this hot and this dry since records began (and now there is a scorching August to add into the statistics); local friends, who are assiduous at keeping records of max. and min. temperatures and measuring rainfall, tell me that there has been no measurable rain since May 28th! Again this morning we had a 15 minute shower – not enough to do much good but, for me psychologically good as it brings a promise that we will get some proper rain soon.
The extreme conditions are making me reassess my thoughts on what drought really is. I’m sure this sounds silly – a drought is a drought is a drought. But actually it isn’t just about there being no rain; we rarely get any rain here from July through to the end of August. What has made the difference this year is the higher temperatures, just a few degrees higher every day and less obviously higher night time temperatures, giving plants less time to recover. Then there have been even more strong winds this year; this morning’s shower wet the ground but then the wind grew stronger and everything was dry again within half an hour (at the most). As I write the wind is blowing continuously, I can hear it in the chimney; I’m listening to the leaves of the wisteria rustling. This desiccation by the wind is not to be underestimated.
I’m looking with reawakened interest at the plants that are really thriving, not just surviving; I will use more of them as structural plants so that when this hot summer is repeated in the future there will be more plants that I don’t have to worry about. I mentioned some in my post about foliage; the good ones are rosemary, Ceanothus, Teucrium, Myrtle and Euphorbia, although a couple of plants have died but they were probably a bit old.
Cistus and Pholmis sufruticosa are alive but their foliage has curled to protect itself so that don’t look wonderful.
Then there were the surprises – plants I would have bet good money that they would be OK; Festuca glauca is a plant I’ve always considered very, drought tolerant but several have died and there is such a build-up of dead thatch on others that they either need replacing or digging up and dividing, discarding the dead stems and hoping that they will reform into their usual round shape.
There is a very obvious truth behind all the above. If I want a garden full of flowers in July and August all I have to do is use masses of water! I don’t want, or indeed feel it is right, to irrigate the whole garden so I must rethink some areas so that I am not forced to go around with a hose early morning or late at night trying to keep plants alive. Where the irrigation is, the plants survive on the amount I give them, they won’t flower in a very hot year like this one has proved to be but they will persist to flower another year and I think I have to be content with that.
Sorry some of the images are a little fuzzy; the wind was blowing!