The Tuesday View: 15th August 2017

It is a beautiful sunny morning and a bank holiday here in Bavaria (Assumption Day). That means it will be a quiet morning until the annual village festival gets going, with loud music! Sadly this event also involves a programme of meat and alcohol, barbecues, pig roasts etc, which are not our cup of tea, so we will be taking a little trip elswhere later. 🙂

In the meantime, as I focus once again on my Tuesday View, I notice the Acer looking tired and the Golden Rod in full bloom.

But from a different angle it still looks summery, and very green for August…

A swing to the left shows the top of the rockery, with several roses flowering…

The Miscanthus is not ready to flower yet, but a few Asters (Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’) are starting to open…

And the sedum buds are getting bigger and bigger!

Feel free to join me with  a Tuesday view, and leave a link in the comments so we can find you.

Have a good week!

 

In a Vase on Monday: Sink or Swim

I now know that Cosmos do not float well!

With very short and curvy stems it was impossible to get these Cosmos and Scabiosa to stand up in a vase, so I decided to try floating them… well, the Scabiosa and pale blue Didiscus, along with a Clematis seed head, all floated nicely, but the Cosmos submerged almost immediately.

Nevertheless, pretty for a day or two, and now I know!

Why not visit Cathy, who hosts this meme at Rambling in the Garden. Or even join in!

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The Tuesday View: 8th August 2017

Here is my view this Tuesday, as I focus on one area of my garden through the seasons.

Freshly mown grass always makes the garden look tidier, don’t you agree?!

And cooler temperatures also meant I could cut down (or pull out) a lot more of the Lysimachia  that has now gone brown and is starting to flop. It was on the right of the picture below…  If cut back in time it sends up new shoots which serve as perfect ground cover until the winter.

With some Alchemilla also cut back the view at ground level has opened up and the Heuchera leaves are looking wonderful in front of the purple Teucrium that just goes on and on flowering. 🙂

Now that the heat and humidity is subsiding, there is a distinct ‘late summer’ feeling to the garden, and nothing says it better than the sight of Golden Rod just coming into flower at the bottom right of the view (behind the Acer). Yes, the summer is drawing to an end and I am relieved that the temperatures are set to drop a few degrees over the next few days. Time for a breather! 🙂

I wonder if you are seeing signs of late summer yet in your gardens?

I welcome any other ‘Tuesday Views’ to link in to this post in the comments below.

Have a great week!

The Tuesday View: 1st August 2017

Since last Tuesday little has changed in my view, and 36°C is a bit too hot to stand around taking photos, so just a quick post today!

The Perovskia and Achillea stand out, but the Sedums are slowly gaining size and producing big buds ready for the late summer butterfly bonanza.

Meanwhile, here is a view I haven’t shown for a while: the ‘old’ Tuesday View from last year…

By August we get a little shade early afternoon on the corner where the Perovskia is, reducing the glare a little!

Look forward to seeing your views again this week.

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The Tuesday View: 25th July 2017

We have had grey skies, wind, showers and sporadic bursts of sunshine so far today, and when I finally decided to go out and take the weekly photo of my Tuesday View we had a mix of everything within a couple of minutes!

The Golden Clematis flowers on the right-hand side are like little lanterns when the sun goes in. And I love the sparkly raindrops reflecting on all the foliage too. The Acer, with tall Golden Rod behind it, moves so nicley in the breeze, as do the grasses.

Individual plants that look good this week are the Hypericum shrub, the pale pink Potentilla I showed you last week, and the lovely ground cover Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) which has just started flowering. This is one of my favourites as it will flower for a couple of months and then the foliage will start turning a gorgeous bronze colour.

And finally, here is another little vista that has made me smile  this week: my Buddleia weyeriana ‘Sungold’, which I feared lost after it froze right back in the winter, has sent up new shoots and I think I can see buds too! It is just below a sea of mint flowers, which have been abuzz!

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What has been making you smile in your garden this week?

Why not share a view of one area of your garden through the seasons? (It doesn’t need to be every week…!) Just leave a comment below so we can find you. 🙂

 

The Tuesday View: 18th July 2017

It is a perfect summer’s day again today, and the Tuesday View is still looking refreshed from a few cooler days last week. Focusing on this part of the rockery has been extremely satisfying this year so far, as more is in flower than I remember from previous years. And although the dry stony part at the bottom is partly bare ground now after the heatwave, this part I look down on most often is densely planted and thriving!

The first picture is from the side, looking through the Acer. The Perovskia is now in full bloom and the Miscanthus is getting taller.

Most of the rockery is now difficult to see from this angle, so here it is head on, with a freshly mown (and green!) ‘lawn’ beyond.

Not much has changed since last week, but the yellow Achillea is finally setting more buds and growing a bit taller.

Right at the top of the rockery, just in front of where I stand to take the photo, is a lovely pale pink Potentilla fruticosa. It has taken years to get established and is a slightly odd shape, but the flowers are very pretty. When it gets a bit bigger I will trim it into a nicer shape.

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Join in if you like, and show us how one view in your garden progresses through the year. Just leave a link below in the comments so we can find you.

And thanks to all those who join me regularly (or even irregularly!).

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In a Vase on Monday: Summer

I am joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again, along with many others from around the world, for her Monday vase meme.

Looking around my garden yesterday I realised there are so many lovely wild things growing (i.e. weeds!) so I have also incorporated a few into my vase.

As you can see, the sun is very bright in July, making it difficult to capture the airy vase as a whole, but at least we have had lower temperatures for several days now before the next wave of heat rolls in tomorrow.

On the left is a small stem of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ – such a beauty – with Perovskia and Fleabane.

In the middle are some grasses (Melica and Sporobolus), a poppy seed head, an Allium and some purple spikes of Teucrium.

The white flower is a wild Queen Ann’s Lace.

I think it really does look like lace, don’t you? One of the nicer common names given to pretty plants. 😉

One stem of Calamagrostis and a wild white flower were added…

And of course, I had to use some of my red Queen Ann’s Lace too! (With some wild Achillea in the background).

Why not visit Cathy now and see the lovely pink arrangement she has posted today.

Have a great week!