We have had a week of warm temperatures, with most maximums being 30 degrees or over. Disappointingly, there have been strong hot westerly winds as well which have caused damage to some of the perennials, those that have softer stalks. No matter, they will soon recover. Yesterday, after an unpleasant day of wind and heat, we had a thunderstorm bringing a reviving 5ml of rain. Again, stepping outside on the cool damp grass this morning was such a pleasure.
The fire season has well and truly started with an out of control fire burning just south of Canberra. There wasn't enough rain there to extinguish the flames, although firefighters are saying they hope to have the fire under control before too long.
Six on Saturday is a meme hosted by The Propagator. An interesting and enjoyable time can be had by popping over to his blog and reading what other gardeners are doing in their gardens. There's such a wonderful group of interested and interesting gardeners to be found there.
My six this week are views of my garden. Here they are:
One: From the back of the house, part of the garden dominated at the moment by a prostrate Ceonothus which has grown quite large and will need to be judiciously pruned when it has finished flowering. In the foreground dwarf salvias are coming into flower, and around the edge of the garden is an Echeveria 'hedge' which was grown (over time) from one cutting given by a friend.
Two: A winding gravel path behind the Ceonothus divides this part of the back garden in two.
Three: This is 'Flora's Garden' which I featured here during the Winter, but is now full of healthy plants with a few more such as Agastache 'Sweet Lilli' to show their faces. That's Rosa 'The Prince' on the right, and in the middle Allium 'Drumsticks' are getting ready to flower.
Four: Not a view essentially, but I do like these Romneya coulteri. The way their petals droop reminds me of the white costumes of Whirling Dervishes as they wheel around during their mesmerising religious dance.
Five: This is Clothesline Corner, with its inherited pavers, white stones and metal fence. A project for next Winter is to lift the pavers and cover the white stones with something of a more subdued nature, probably gravel like the path in photo number two. The metal fences, which are used so much in this area, are a problem: when the temperatures are high, those fences add to the heat. They are being covered, but it's a slow process. Patience- the quality I've had to learn when it comes to gardening!
Six: Not everything in the garden is pretty! This is the 'Dead Pots' Society' which meets behind the shed. Old plastic pots, a broken terracotta pot (to be used as filler in a wall somewhere), an inherited drum which we could have done without (thank you previous owners) various stakes and collections of stones. I think most gardeners have a corner like this in their garden somewhere. Do you?
That's my six for this week. Happy gardening everyone.
Weather today: Sunny, windy, 17-32 degrees C.