I felt that there wouldn’t be much to photograph for this month’s Bloom Day due to the drought and heat that we have been experiencing for the last few months. Our “green and pleasant land” is only as it is because of all the rain we experience throughout the year. Not this year though, we haven’t had any sizeable showers since the beginning of May and the temperatures have just kept rising to the low 30C which is much hotter than we usually have.
The roses have stopped flowering, as soon as the buds open, they are over, such a shame. However, some plants are standing up very well to the lack of water and high temperatures so I will concentrate on those.
July is the time for Hemerocallis, the day lilies, they seem to have loved this weather.
Iris ensata are still doing well in the bog garden, there must still be moisture down there somewhere.
My favourite day lily at the moment, such a bright gold, it really stands out.
and my favourite hydrangea, it started out pink, but soon showed that it wanted to be blue.
The one next to it though also started out pink, at the same time, but is taking a lot longer to change to blue.
Crocosmia Lucifer is putting on his usual show.
Lysimachia ephemerum is shrugging off the heat alnd lack of water.
A lily by the back door. I have really given up on lilies as we have so much damage from red lily beetle, but this one keeps coming back.
Santolina Lemon Fizz is revelling in the high temperatures and lack of water.
Acanthus mollis by the pond is surviving, the leaves have wilted but the flowers are standing up nice and strong.
Some fuchsias are coping better than others, this is Delta Sarah, which is about half its usual size.
Agapanthus are just starting to flower in the front border.
Inula helenium with visiting bee. This is much smaller than normal due to the lack of water, usually it is way taller than me, but now only up to eye level.
Potted plants in the gravel area are doing well as they get watered every day.
But this is where I flake out every afternoon when I can’t take the heat anymore. The corner of the gravel area has an arbour covered in honeysuckle which is flowering at the moment, the perfume is divine! I can be found here with a long cold drink and a good book, sitting in the shade, keeping cool. Cheers.
While writing this, we have actually had a tiny shower, lasting all of 5 minutes, it didn’t even wet the paving. they keep promising us proper rain, but when will it come?
How are you and your garden coping , I hope better than I am!