A Brief Summer Update

Hello dear friends! I know I have been silent for a while and do apologise! As several people have asked, I thought I would just briefly interrupt my blogging break to post a few photos – all is fine, but we have moved to our country house to care for our hedgerow shrubs and trees which were planted in April. Needless to say, the weather has been challenging; temperatures were in the mid to upper twenties all through May and June, rising into the thirties in July, and we have hardly a drop of rain for months. So watering is the main activity here – mostly at night to avoid the heat. No rain forecast for the near future and the heat goes on…

Back at my garden things look fine. Only a couple of hours of care over the last two months and it is still bearing up well in the heat and drought. This is the Perovskia mid July in all its glory.

Thank goodness my rockery doesn’t need watering!

Here is the Perovskia again a couple of days ago… fading a little, but that isn’t bothering the bees. The Scabiosa ochroleuca is wonderful again, but one of my favourite plants in this view is the Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’.

I hope you all have a wonderful August. I will try and catch up with all your posts I have missed very soon!


32 thoughts on “A Brief Summer Update

  1. Oh, gosh! What a summer so many of us are having. In Maine, we’ve gotten enough rain, but the heat and humidity have been terrible. Hope rain comes your way soon and that the temperature drops.

    • Thanks Laurie – humidity makes the heat even worse, doesn’t it? We are getting the occasional day with a warm breeze which makes it feel a little cooler even if the thermometer says otherwise! Keep cool Laurie!

  2. I was wondering what you have been up to. A terrible summer to be doing much outside work. Do take care of yourself as well as your garden. Cheers.

  3. It is so good to have an update from you, Cathy. I have truly wondered (and hoped) that you were traveling and that all is well. I completely understand the rigors of trying to maintain a garden in times of extreme weather. Oh boy do I get it! LOL! So I can envision you spending so much time watering your hedgerows and whatever you are attempting to maintain in your country house. I think we are all, no matter where we call home, being challenged with some incredibly difficult climate circumstances and for those of us who love our gardens, we feel an added burden. Do take care of yourself! We’ll be waiting for you. 🙂

    • Thanks Debra! I am glad we haven’t planted a garden at the country house yet – just dozens and dozens of trees and shrubs that are shedding their leaves already. I am so glad my rockery looks after itself – I hardly ever water it, just new plants. (Oh, and one particular aster!) 🙂

  4. Glad to hear all is OK in spite of the heat and drought. Your Perovskia looks wonderful! Many people around here grow it, too, so it seems to tolerate the extremes of cold winters to hot summers, and wet to drought conditions. Take care of yourself!

  5. Cathy is very happy to hear from you 🙂 You have gone to live in the country house, how nice, in the middle of nature! Although the temperature does not accompany. Good thing your rockery does not need irrigation and despite the high heat your Perovskia I love, is divine. I hope it rains soon and for a while and temperatures drop. Here in Spain we are going through a heat wave that in some places in the south have reached 45º Centigrades. Here in the country house we are at 36ºC, very hot. I have a nest of swallows inside the house, if you want to see the blog https://margaritaexam141.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/golondrinas-viviendo-entro-de-casa/ They are very clean and friendly. Have a great week. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Hi Margarita! Spain and Portugal have been on our news with their high temperatures. It is unusual for it to be so extremely hot here for so long too. Mid thirties today, and hopefully some rain soon. I do hope you can stay nice and cool in your country house. We have got house martins under the eaves of our house too! 🙂

      • Hi Cathy, this is Climate Change. In my country house we have been at 36º – 37º Centigrades all the time and at night at 01:00 a.m. to 20º C without running air when here, even though it is hot in the afternoon at around 8:30 p.m., air rises and fresh to go for a walk in the bush or on the plain, as you prefer. But now we do not leave the house. For tomorrow Wednesday it seems that they will start to lower temperatures a bit. Cathy that you rain a lot and you lower temperatures 10º Centigrades at least. That you do not pass heat. Take care. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. I’ve heard that Europe is suffering terrible heat and drought conditions. I can certainly relate. The humidity makes it all the more miserable. I hope you’re enjoying some of the aspects of your country home. Too bad you had to spend your first summer there with that terrible heat.

    It’s so nice of you to pop in. xo Alys

    • Hi Alys! Yes, it was bad luck with the planting this spring. The watering has been a major task this summer, but hopefully the trees will be established by next summer and will need less attention then. I hope you get a break in the heat soon. I think the worst is over here now, but it is still hot! Take care and stay out the sun! 😉

      • Hello Cathy! We’re just heading into another heat wave, after nearly a week of fall-like temps. Sigh. It will all cool down in another month, no matter what. I hope you enjoyed your first summer away. It’s a lot of work, but as you say, once the trees are established, the work will diminish.

  7. Oh it’s good to have an update from you Cathy 🙂 I can’t imagine how hot it must be for you. Fingers crossed for your newly planted shrubs and trees. I hope though that you are sitting in the cool during the real heat of the day and keeping yourself copiously refreshed.

    • Hi Anna. Our trees actually look a lot better than those all around us! Some are dropping their leaves already and many are wilting noticeably. At least the house stays relatively cool and I have some delicious elderflower cordial which is going down rapidly!

  8. Reading your blog and some others (especially in Europe) I realize I should stop complaining about the weather here. We’ve had a few dry and hot spells, but overall we’ve had enough rain and temps have been decent. I wish you rain and good weather soon! At least Perovskia is so tough it can be beautiful and take anything thrown at it.

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