It’s official, here in my part of the South West we have not had any measurable rain for the month of July, the driest July since 1911. The garden is very dry, I am watering my pots and recent plantings made before the heatwave came. The only plants that look as though they are suffering are the hydrangeas, they are given a watering can of water each morning, but by the next morning they are wilting again. My water butts are now empty so all water is from a tap, metered, some of the water I use is grey water and some is the run off which I save when I want hot water. All is not doom and gloom though, some plants are managing to cope very well.
My six for this week are as follows…..
Stipa gigantea seems to be enjoying the heat, its not quite as tall as it usually is, but that’s a minor point. The box on the corner needs clipping, but not until it is cooler and not so sunny otherwise it will just go brown.
Verbena bonariensis is another plant that has gone mad, I have far more than usual, it has seeded about, normally they don’t like my heavy clay, but this year they are totally different, so tall and bringing in the butterflies.
This butterfly is a Clouded Yellow, a summer migrant from Europe. It stayed for a long time having a good drink of nectar from the Verbena.
A peacock butterfly having a rest in the shade of the laurel hedge in the front, maybe this one didn’t like the heat yesterday.
Clematis Perle d’Azur on the pergola is doing really well, I think simply because there is a Hydrangea at its feet and it is getting the benefit of the water when I remember it.
Seeds of Peony mlokosewitschii, no fertile ones though, they would be black.
Lilies doing well in a pot, perfume is gorgeous when I come to water them. These were a present years ago from my nephew in Canada, the present that keeps on giving, thanks Tim!
I could be forgiven for thinking that it was October or November, the Horse Chestnut trees are not coping well with the lack of rain, they have decided to drop their leaves early, I’ve never had to rake leaves up in July before! The blue hydrangea has to have its daily watering can of water to look presentable.
Those are my six for this week, will we have rain before next week, I hope so! Our host, Jon The Propagator, is on holiday but we can still log in and see more plants from around the world.