Our heatwave is over – thank goodness! My plants and I were wilting before the rain and lower temperatures came and rescued us both. The air is now so much fresher and plants are once again standing proud and looking happy!
Phormium Yellow Wave.
Looking through the photos that I have taken for today’s post, it has dawned on me that a lot of them are evergreens, these are the leaves that are still looking good in spite of all the unexpected heat that we have had recently.
I know I showed this photo in the last post, but I think there is interest, even though there aren’t any flowers.
Also in the gravel garden along with the phormium above are Echeveria and Aeonium Schwartzcopf, making a nice contrast.
Also in the gravel area is Euphorbia mellifera next to Pittosporum Irene Patteson.
In the back garden a blue cedar is next to Philadephus coronarius Aureus………
….and next to them is a variegated laurel.
All the Horse chestnut trees that we have, are showing once again, that they have been infested by the larvae of the moth that is attacking them all. It doesn’t seem to damage the tree, but how long can it put up with having its leaves attacked like this each year?
Darmera peltata behind the scree, was thinking of flopping in the heat, but the rain came in time and rescued it.
A tree heath behind the Darmera is getting too big, must cut it back to a more manageable size.
At the far end of the bog, the ferns and hostas are still looking bright and perky.
Acanthus mollis is just thinking about flopping, they need so much water to keep their huge leaves turgid.
In the border by the field Phlomis russeliana is happy in the heat and sunshine.
A Berberis in the dead oak bed is fine, no matter what the weather is.
When the heat strikes, it is definitely the evergreens that come off best, they seem to cope far better than the deciduous leaves when there is a lack of moisture in the soil. Hopefully by now, all my plants have got their roots down nice and deep in the heavy clay, so should be able to find moisture there for quite some time.
Thanks as usual to Christina at My Hesperides Garden for encouraging us all to look at the foliage in our gardens. Do pay her a visit to see other foliage from around the world.