Cathy is away today celebrating her mother’s 90th birthday – Happy Birthday Cathy’s mum!
Carol at Maydreamsgarden hosts this brilliant meme that shows what is in bloom in gardens around the world on the 15th of the month. When you’ve finished looking at what’s flowering in my Hesperides Garden do visit Carol to see other seasons, other flowers and other ideas; why not join in? It is fun to see how some plants are present everywhere and others only appear in one or two places.
For me it helps me know which plants flower together and exactly how long they flower for. This is so helpful when deciding if a plant is worth the space it is allocated. As water is at such a premium here it also helps to know what effect the weather is having on flowering etc. So while I find GBBD really interesting I try to always join in because it is good discipline for me.
When I wrote August’s GBBD we hadn’t had the usual hot summer weather – the temperatures changed on 16th August! Two weeks or scorching temperatures 38° C plus during the day and the night-time temps, only falling by about 10°C followed. The usual September rain hasn’t arrived, morning and evenings are cooler again (25 – 27°C) but during the days it is very hot and humid. The humidity does mean there is a little moisture in the air that the plants can make use of, but I have only moved plants I know won’t suffer without water for a while. Sowing seeds should be good as the soil in their trays warms up quickly; Some Hemerocallis I planted straight from the seed pod have germinated, I don’t know how true to the parent they will be, but it will be interesting to find out.
All four types of rose in the above bed (William Shakespeare, Tradescant, Queen of Sweden and Sophie’s Perpetual) have been flowering more or less all summer. They have irrigation three times a week. The amount of water is a key issue. The irrigations tube to one of the pillars around the terrace was broken for a week or so which meant that that pillar’s rose was receiving much more water then I intended. But that is the only one of the Yellow roses to flower during August and into September so it proves to me that if I want all my roses to flower more I have to give them more water or accept that they will flower in spring, with maybe a second flush and then no more until the autumn rains arrive.
The cooler weather does mean that R. Mutabilis has all colours of flowers together in high summer all are crimson.
As you’ll see if you click on the image below to see a slideshow of everything in flower there are a few surprises. The prostrate rosemary has flowers (normally this is during winter) and although there are some flowers on the Asters they aren’t at all in full bloom yet; maybe they will be for October’s GBBD. Have a great day wherever you are.
Look carefully at the Californian poppy, I think a yellow spider is eating a fly, I didn’t even notice it when I took the photo.
If you would like to join me on the 22nd October I’ll be posting about Foliage in the garden, a new meme I hope you’ll join in.
Today is the day when Garden bloggers all over the world share what is flowering in their gardens. To see what’s happening in other climates and even different seasons visit Carol at MayDreams. She is our host for this fascinating view of what’s happening; thank you Carol. It is also a holiday here in Italy, the last of summer and for some reason always makes me feel a bit sad – strange as usually the warm days continue until the end of October or even longer if we’re lucky. Actually this year the hot weather is forecast to begin again this week so who knows what is going to happen.
How quickly another GBBD is upon us! It seems only yesterday that I was posting for July. This year has been very different in the garden. April, May and June were unseasonably hot; but during July and August the temperatures have been significantly lower than most years AND there has been rain. Very heavy rain during the first week of July and at the end and even August has also had some rain. Maybe even more significant has been that the night-time temperatures have been about 10°C lower than the norm. The garden has loved it. There are far more flowers for this GBBD than last. The garden is full of colour and texture.
I suppose I am slightly surprised that even the plants chosen for their drought tolerance are actually far happier with some rain and cooler weather. I’m not sure why I should be so surprised; many of these plants also grow well in the UK with even more rain and lower temperatures. Roses have flowered for much of July and some are continuing now as you can see in the slideshow.
Roses in flower now include: R. Westerland, R. Clair Matin, R. William Shakespeare, R. Tradescant, R. Queen of Sweden, R. Gertrude Jekyll, R. Sophie’s Perpetual, R. Molineux, R Rush, R. Mutabilis (this hasn’t been without flowers since April), R. Scepter’d Isle, R Stanwell Perpetual and the beautiful R. Sally Holmes whose flowers form a bouquet all on their own.
The formal beds of Perovskia have remained a cloud of blue; in the past they have lost their intensity of colour during August only to re-flower with the rains that usually come in September.
. The surrounding lavender was cut back at the end of July and is already sending out new growth. I know is going to sound crazy but I actually prefer the lavender when it is pruned into a neat hedge than when it full of flower and bees. I am considering removing the Lavender and putting in Myrtle but they are expensive so I would need to produce them myself from cuttings. Knowing how slowly they grow this just might take too long!
All the grasses are looking lovely, I may have said it before but it remains true that I think I could be happy just gardening with grasses.
In the Small Island I added two more Penisetum villosum to the one existing plant; last year this formed a very beautiful mound and I thought that three would make a good statement – I acted without knowing the this Penestum was obviously very happy in this particular spot and this year is huge almost filling the space I envisaged for three plants; I’m happy though because they have all been in flower for a while now and I love the soft bottlebrush heads especially in the evening light with the fading sun behind them.
I am amazed that the Abutilon that was dead to the ground from the cold winter (it had been a large bush of about 1.8 m by 1.8 m) has grown from the base and is now about 1.5 m high although of course not such a large spread yet but it is flowering!
Click here to see a slideshow of all that is flowering in my Hesperides Garden.
Happy GBBD to everyone who shares the blooms in their garden today.