The Tuesday View: 26th July 2016

My view today is actually from Monday – luckily I had already taken some photos yesterday, late afternoon, as I knew rain was forecast for today… in actual fact it rained shortly after taking these pictures too. I think Bavaria has shifted somewhere nearer the tropics and our humidity is rising daily!


Most years the ferns, bottom left, are scorched and shrivelled by now – I usually cut them right back around the summer equinox, but with this year’s weather where we get regular heavy rain they might even last until the autumn!

The Perovskia is glowing like a blue beacon, with the Scabiosa ochroleuca in front now flowering too…


… and the Perovskia is also humming from the sound of bees…


I couldn’t resist showing another picture of my beloved Crocosmia, with the yellow Potentilla shrub as a backdrop…


And here is the view from a slightly different angle, photographed from the top of the steps instead of halfway down. I miss the Centranthus this year, which has almost completely gone over. I will have to think of another filler for high summer in case this happens regularly in future…


I hope you will join me in focusing on one view each Tuesday, to see how it changes through the seasons.

What is attracting the bees to your garden right now, and is your view still lush and green?

44 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 26th July 2016

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  2. I wish I could get some of your rain! The heat is keeping me out of the garden too. I have to water but some plants are going crispy and overall dryness is setting in. My oregano seems to love the heat and keeps on flowering and attracting all sorts of pollinators. Amelia

    • I wish I could send you some of our rain Amelia! It has returned to the pattern of steamy sunshine and showers on a daily basis now after a drier week in between. The heat still does a surprising amount of damage though, I have found. Some plants clearly don’t want just water but cooler temperatures. Even my tropical Ricinus has got singed! I have oregano flowering too, and majoram which is similar. The skippers and bees love it!

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    • It is a real sun-worshipper Brian, and it does need space to spread too! I am so glad I planted this one in that spot as it is a hub for the bees in summer!

    • Hi Susie. I think my Centranthus just hated all the wet weather and has gone mouldy. I have cut back a lot of it and will take out old plants in autumn to rejuvenate it, but I shall have to find another plant for the insects if we have another wet year.

  4. Lush and green, you say?
    The so-called lawns are more like coconut matting, after I insisted on letting the grass grow ‘as high as an “elephant’s eye”. And lovely that was too, but now we have to pay the price for my wild garden project .
    BTW, can one use Perovskia in cooking? It certainly smells right.

    • I don’t think Perovskia is edible as it is not actually sage family despite its common name. We also left some of our grass grow and it is brown too, but it is still amazing how many insects (and birds!) use it for food and cover!

    • Hi Amy. I am so happy with my Crocosmia! I tried leaving a comment on your post but it just wouldn’t work this week, so I shall comment here for now and try again later!
      ‘It is amazing what WILL grow in such dry conditions, and your little willow is a sign of hope! The Pennisetum is so lovely, and it will be nice to see your Muhlenbergia flower too – mine has barely grown since planting and will certainly not flower this year. A rosemary hedge sounds wonderful. Do you use the herb in cooking? The lagerstroemia is a real eyecatcher too. I hope you get some really good rainfall soon Amy. Thanks for sharing your view again.’ ๐Ÿ™‚

      • So sorry you couldn’t get through on my blog! Your comment clearly never arrived at all; I checked my spam and found only an ad from someone’s housekeeping services ๐Ÿ˜› Please keep trying at times though!
        I do use the rosemary in cooking; this upright variety (‘Tuscan Blue’) has a good flavour. With a hedge I never need to worry about running out… ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I should add that the Desert Willow is a willow only in name, by virtue of its slender leaves and weeping branches; it is, curiously enough, related to Catalpa, and there are hybrids between the two. Your Muhlenbergia just might surprise you; mine gave a few plumes its first autumn and then really bloomed the second. Here’s hoping! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love the crocosmia, what a color! Do I remember correctly that you said it doesn’t normally bloom for you and it’s only the rainy year which has brought it on?
    A shame the centranthus has given up from that one hot spell, last year it seemed to go on forever! My linaria has done the same and I don’t blame it ๐Ÿ™‚
    I won’t leave a link this week since my post is on the grumpy side, but hopefully next week things will be back to normal. I do love all the green in your garden, mine is far different!

    • That’s right, the Crocosmia had one flower on two years ago I think. The Centranthus seems to have gone mouldy from all the wet, so I have had to cut a lot back. Ironic really that as one flower thrives another fails. My linaria has also more or less given up – it seems the heat rather than ground conditions stop it flowering. I am hoping new shoots will appear in late summer though as it was flowering in late autumn last year still. Enjoy the rest of the week back in your garden Frank!

  6. Sorry not to have joined you this week Cathy. I love the blue mass from Perovskia and wonder if you have space whether you could replace the Centranthus with another Perovskia and link the second with a third (!) to create a natural looking repetition ? It clearly thrives in your dry pocket.

  7. We have just dried out, only to have become cloudy and wet but as the temperatures are good it certainly promotes plant growth and everything is certainly verdant still, I can’t grow Perovskia very well through lack of sun but do appreciate them.

    • Glad you got a storm to clear the air. It has thankfully been a little cooler here the last two days, but still humid! The Perovskia must be about 9 or 10 years old, as it was one of the first plants I put in when we came here 11 years ago. A decision that shaped the rockery! Dorris has suggested planting another one or even two and I think that is an excellent idea!

    • In the past two months I think we have only had a few days where it hasn’t rained! Unusual, and interesting to see what the garden does with all this moisture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Gorgeous photos! This is your garden? Wow, how stunning and how lucky you are. I am sure its a ton of work, but it is seriously fabulous!

    Perovskia looks like lavender. Does it have a fragrance?

    • Thanks Peta. Yes, Perovskia does have a very distinct smell when touched, but otherwise barely noticeable… like sage but stronger. I can never decide if I like the smell or not. I think I do in small doses! In any case, the bees love it, which is the main thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Closer to the tropics ~ I was expecting a humming bird in your garden. ๐Ÿ™‚
    At least I found an iron bird. :). The landscape in northern Germany is green. We have to water on some days. The fire warning level for the woods is high and the sun is shining right now!

    • LOL! And parrots in the trees! Yes, quite tropical this year with rain practically daily and heat too. It’s been a bit cooler the past two days though here. We walked through the woods a few times recently and the moss is so green in there! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. [J+D] Perovskia and the hum of bees. Very evocative! Here in the Outer Hebrides honey bees are limited a few sheltered places in Stornoway or the east side of Lewis and Harris, but bumble bees are abundant – including rare species. But they are solitary bees, and so one thing we don’t get here is the ‘hum of bees’ – just the scattered buzzing of big fat bumble bees. Oh, and Perovskia won’t grow here at all, nor lavendar or other warmth-loving herbacious shrubs, but that’s something to look forward enjoying on some trip away – one day!

    • I have got used to growing plants that like the warmth in summer, and seeing the wildlife they attract too. I would not want it any hotter than here though! ๐Ÿ™‚

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