Tuesday at Two (11th June)

A pleasantly warm 18°C (64°F), but the sun is scarce today…


The poppies have been flattened a bit by rain, but they still add lovely specks of colour. And now the Sweet Williams and the Red Valerian are starting to open too.

And an extra picture today… many of you have heard of the floods in Germany at the moment. Today I crossed the River Danube, and stopped to look down at the river bank. As you can see, the parking area is still under water, and the current is really swift. No pleasure boats can run – they have all been safely moored on the canal nearby – and the cycle paths along the river have been closed.


Our immediate area was not too badly hit, but only a few kilometres further down the River Danube the waters have caused massive problems for thousands of families. Now all eyes are on the River Elbe in the east and north, where the floods are heading towards Hamburg and then end up in the North Sea.

Let’s hope for some dry weather in central Europe over the next couple of weeks so the floods can recede and the clearing up process can continue.

29 thoughts on “Tuesday at Two (11th June)

  1. Water is so powerful, we underestimate it at our peril. Fingers crossed that summer is beginning and that the water will be able to go downstream without causing any more problems. Christina

  2. There is plenty of news concerning the flooding in Germany. Floridians understand the damage that is caused by flooding. Wishing you sunny/dry days and relief from the mess. Nice to be on high ground right now. Poppies look great adding color to sea of green.

  3. Man kann die Schönheit der Pflanzen, Gärten, sommerlichen Natur nur bedingt genießen, wenn man um die Probleme anderer Menschen zur gleichen Zeit weiß. Hoffen wir, dass es bald überall trocken wird und Regen dann fällt, wenn die Natur ihn braucht. Bei uns halten die Deiche bisher.

  4. The colourful flowers in the first picture are beautiful! Hopefully summer’ll stay now, after all this rain.

  5. Your view is getting all colourful as the flower come out! Really hope you get the dry days you’re looking for, so the river levels get a chance to drop back to normal.

  6. Your own view just beautiful: amazing what difference the colour of the poppies makes! What a contrast to that of the river – here in Australia it has always been a case of drought or dreadful floods, so empathize more than I can say with those affected. Have to smile at your ‘pleasantly warm’ at 18 C : we are in our first month of winter, the top today should be 17 C and we spoilt brats are all ‘freezing’ 🙂 !

    • Well, after such a cold winter and cool spring I’m hardened off to the weather and anything above 15° is warm! Forecast is 30° next week and I shall probably get heatstroke! LOL! 😀

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  8. Didn’t know there were floods in Germany. We had some flooding in early spring. Since then, plenty of rain, but just minimal flooding. Everything at your end continues to look very lush (if it isn’t covered in water), all that rain is good for something.

    • Yes. It is so green and many of my plants are taller and healthier than ever! It makes such a difference to the normally dry spring weather we have.

  9. The flooding in Europe is so terrible…I really feel for everyone who is affected. I have relatives in Hamburg but I’ve never travelled there to see them – I think they are living on higher ground, though.

    • I think Hamburg will be lucky as the water has spread out over the countryside further south and will only raise the water level in the city by about 40cm. The problem now is that in many flooded areas the levels are simply not sinking…

  10. I think we are all having to learn the hard way about the power of water and the terrible damage that it can cause.
    Your garden is looking very pretty and the border at the front is wonderfully colourful.

    • Thanks Pauline. I have a very hot and dry rockery full of plants chosen to (just about) survive our summers, and for the first time in 8 years of living here the ground is actually damp beneath the surface! The plants are loving it!

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