It’s been a while since I posted. The summer has been trying, to say the least, but a couple of weeks ago we received some rain and it was remarkable the change that was wrought in the garden in a very short space of time. The lawn greened up as though it realised it had a lot of time to make up, although it’s very patchy, and the more hardy plants soon put out new shoots and flowers. When I say ‘some rain’ I mean exactly that. None of that 400 ml here (probably a good thing) but simply gentle soaking rain that sank into the gasping gardens without creating any runoff. We are still in drought. This is just a temporary reprieve.
I am joining in with Six on Saturday for the first time in ages. If you would like to peep over the garden walls of other gardens, do please visit The Propagator’s blog by clicking here
One: Portulaca. I love these little plants for the way they emerge at the beginning of each summer and flower until the first frosts arrive. This year the emergence didn’t happen until the rain arrived, but here they are, opening up as soon as the sun rises.
Two: After a first flush back in November there were very few roses, and those blooms that did dare to show their faces soon fried in in the relentless heat of a stream of 40 degree days. This unidentified gem is looking quite healthy now.
Three: Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) and Sedum make an appealing combination.
Four: Thuja occidentalis Smarajd. It looks very sad and I don’t know what has caused this browning of the leaves. Was it too much water (caused by anxious home gardeners), not enough water or far too much hot weather?
Five: Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) has also used the rain to put on a show. I planted hundreds of these, but many of them have failed to thrive, so it was with great pleasure that I noticed this clump make an appearance.
*It has been pointed out to me by an observant reader that these are not Autumn crocus, but Rain Lilies, Zephyranthes candida. They are often called Autumn crocus here, incorrectly, it seems.
Six: A corner of the garden, heavy on Alyssum but colourful nevertheless. It’s wonder anything survived our gruelling summer weather.
Those are my six for this week. I know that gardening has been stressful for so many: heat and drought here in Australia, copious amounts of rain in the northern hemisphere. Let’s hope that things begin to improve!
Weather today: Partly cloudy, 17-25 degrees C. Quite pleasant for summer.