I dare not post photos. Not had rain for ages. Grass has mostly died - that's not a bad thing, no cutting - but plants getting very crisp and dry. Lost some to the drought. Rainwater supply just about gone for the veggies. Trying to keep the bog plants going is a nightmare. Up goes the water bill..... Too hot to be outside working in the garden anyway so it's feet up in the shade and a good book.....
Gary, beautiful photos and such good quality too, mine a bit grainy, can't get a clear picture, must be the camera.
Our garden has had mixed fortunes this year, the veg garden has not been up to the usual standard, but we have had some good potatoes, runner beans and soft fruit.Things have improved since the warmer weather arrived. The flowers borders and climbers have gone mad as you can see from the photos.
Clematis Huldine, just the lower flowers,
Honeysuckle and Golden Leaf Jasmine on fence in veg garden
Hydrangea and hardy fuchsia in gravel garden at back of house.
Gazebo in side garden where we sit and have a drink
We could now do with a day of gentle rain to replenish water supply in butts, and give the garden a good drink.
@gary.. i checked them out.. i dont think so.. it was deffinitely black and orange strips with a bright orange face.. the long wings were brown.. so frustrated that it had gone by time got camera.. it was about an inch long and rather fat round.
@gardenfanatic- thanks for the info re the white budliea bush. I have a spot in the "woodland garden" that I'm developing. From what I've read these plants are pretty undemanding. I would describe the area as partial shade/shade, with heavy soil. Do you think they would cope with that? Or do you think that they would need more drainage and more sun?
I'm in my first year of Rudbekias, but now the first flowers are up I love them, I think mine are the perennial type....... I hope
as I lot of what I've grown this year are perennial. Although flowers up to Nov if the conditions are right sounds very good to me. Agree they have taken a while to get to get going this year.
I've seen a few peakcocks over the last few days when the sun was out,
.They seem to love my big yellow bush (false sunflowers/butterfly bush as they are called in my house) but I suspect they are Buphthalmum..........maybe.
@Robot- I take it you on a water meter? I had one in a property that I lived in a few years ago ( I didn't have a garden then) I find them very expensive
Penninepetal- that low growing Sedum looks very nice, especially as loads of insects are attracted to it.
Great pics Gary- I love the insects that visit our gardens. Lilies are looking great, mine have only just decided to flower after months of anticipation.
lovetogarden- looks lovely, the recent spell of warm weather has given everything a much need boost. Honeysuckle & Clemantis look stunning.
I love the Gazebo area
Always surprised about how many plants you can get from a few seeds-
Didn't even realise that I had so many small pots I still need to learn the art of sowing thinly...............or maybe I just need a polytunnel?
Lovely gardens everyone, wish mine was bigger, but I guess most of us think that. Isn't it great being able to look so easily into each others gardens. Who says social networking is for the kids??!
15 Aug 2012 20:15
Wonderful photos Everyone - I love seeing your gardens
@hollie-hock.. no. i am sure your rudbeckias are annuals.. may last bit longe rin warmer climate over winter...but mine dont.. if the have hairy slightly prickly feel stems they are annuals.. the perennial ones are smooth stemmed and more basal in leaves and grow taller.. and single yellow colours normally.. and die down over winter.i may be wrong hopefully someone will come along hwo knows bit more..
my buddlehia is on the shaded side and gets early morning sun and late evening sun.. but they are very hardy and i always think white looks better in the shade.. seems to make it shine out.. but i think they will grow anywhere.. thou this one has been harder to get cuttings to take from than the purple ones... someone told me walking past other day that white is un common.. must say the scent is to much sweeter than the purples one.. it just wafts across the gardem.. while i am dead heading.
@lillylouise.. your garden always leavs me in awe.. it is just gorgeous..
everyones piccies are great .. i love looking at other gardens.. i always peeping over hedges and walls when out walking... you can learn alot about what grows and what doesnt in you soil.