The Tuesday View: 2nd August 2016

The summer is flying by and the garden is progressing too. We had rain all day Sunday, which made the Perovskia droop somewhat, and today it is raining again – I picked the perfect 5 minute interval in showers for these photos of the rockery today, and the sun almost came out – two minutes later it was raining again!


And from a few steps higher…


The Persicaria foliage and red spiky flowers make up for the fact that the red rose is only showing a few flowers at the moment…


And the Scabiosa ochroleuca is now in full bloom in front of the Perovskia…


… then there are also these dear little white flowers, which have spread around the rockery: Succisella inflexa ‘Frosted Pearls’…


The bees love it as much as I do and were there the moment the rain stopped.

I wonder how the month has begun in your garden. Do share your view so we can see how it progresses through the seasons.

Happy August!

28 thoughts on “The Tuesday View: 2nd August 2016

  1. Cathy you are so lucky to have had so much rain!! We had a dribble the other day but it soon got gobbled up by the thirsty plants. Everywhere is burnt, dry and brown here and I’m desperately trying to keep pots watered. The tomatoes, courgettes etc have had to fend for themselves as I haven’t given them a drop since I planted them. They seem to be giving some tomatoes though that are slowly ripening. Nowhere near the lush garden view in your photos!!

    • Oh what a pity Lindsay. I didn’t realise it has been so dry in France… we have had the wettest spring and summer for a long long time here… in fact possibly in the last 15 years or more. It is interesting to see how my garden has reacted, since it is geared up for heat and drought. Heat and moisture has meant some thugs are getting the upper hand! I hope you get some rain this month – we had about 6 weeks without a drop last summer so I know how you feel!

    • We have had much more rain than normal for this region and it is strange to see everything so green in August. I can imagine it must be hard keeping a garden going in your summers. Looks like our summer will go on in the same style as so far, but at least I haven’t had to do any watering, except for pots that is!

    • The Frosted Pearls really do earn that name, as they have a very slight pink/ice blue tinge to them that is hard to capture in photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Looks very nice, Cathy. It’s amazing the difference of a few feet makes in the photos! That second picture, taken from higher up shows many more blooms and much more color than the first one. The Succisella is lovely, and something I’ve not heard of, though upon looking it up, I found it is hardy in my climate zone. I waited until late afternoon when a spot of sun broke through after four days of gloom to take pictures of my view this week:

    • Hi Kimberley. Apparently the Succisella likes damp ground. Well this year it has been in its element but it has flowered equally well on this slope in extreme drought, and this view never gets any extra water. So I am sure it would do well in your situation too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. How exciting, I’ve never heard of that ‘frosted pearls’ before and I like it! …but then a little looking around says it does not like to dry out. I’m going to have to pass ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The persicaria looks great, I like those bold little candles of color with the yellows and blues. My own plant is a shriveled mess of browned foliage. I don’t think I’ll get any blooms anytime soon.
    But we did get rain, and a nice soaking rain on top of that. Who knows, if this keeps up there might even be a lawn to cut by the end of the month!
    I made a real contribution this week, our weather has things both looking and feeling tropical today.

    • The rain combined with heat has made my plants grow at a rapid rate this year, but that Frosted Pearls has done well in really dry weather too and never gets a drop of water from me! It spreads nicely too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I wonder if you also grow Scabiosa. It is quite a tough little plant and flowers whatever the weather.
      Good to hear it rained! ๐Ÿ™‚ We had a day without a spot yesterday, despite rumbles of thunder in the distance. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I’ll have to keep Scabiosa in mind! I know it grows acceptably without winter chill so might be worth a try ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love the little white flowers. That’s the “frosted pearls” in the last photo? They are so charming! My garden color right now is primarily a host of orange and yellow zinnias. They are plentiful and have somewhat taken over, but they’ll stay colorful at least through September, although some of them are already going to seed. They do well in our climate and I’m so grateful for them, Cathy. I haven’t invested in many perennials in the last few years and it pleases me that these happy flowers come back year after year! Your garden continues to be so impressive. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Debra. I only discovered I like Zinnias a couple of years ago and have just a few this year, but they do stand up to the heat well and there are so many different sorts now. I think I may try and grow more of them next season. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Oh, what my garden wouldn’t give for a rainy day refreshment. Yours is looking as lovely as ever, Cathy. My succulents are all happy because they like dry, hot weather. The pumpkins I planted look terrible. The pumpkins the squirrels planted are now flowering for a second time! Crazy!

    You have the most amazing garden. Your posts are always a joy.

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