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!

 

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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The Tuesday View: 11th July 2017

This Tuesday my view is looking somewhat dishevelled after a week of heat, thunderstorms and high winds! Whenever the sun appears from behind the clouds it is far too hot to even deadhead the roses, but I don’t think the bees and other visitors mind too much! 😉 Here it is today taken a little further from the left than usual…

The focus is till on the Stipa gigantea in the middle…

… and the single Achillea flower which will hopefully be followed by more to fill in the support.

The Perovskia is turning bluer by the day. Soon the bees will be flocking to it. This one is supposed to be a dwarf form, but is almost as tall as my other one.

It is currently almost impossible to get into the rockery and do much work, even if the weather were cooler, as the planting is close and the slope is steep – and slippery after all the rainshowers we have had. In this picture you can see a little better how steep it is…

Behind/below the yellow Achillea is the Hypericum shrub – it froze back badly in the winter, but has made a remarkable recovery. I usually give it a hard prune in spring, but didn’t need to this year.

Oh, I have just spotted my Buddha in the above photo… I always forget he is there in the summer as he gets lost underneath the Acer!

That’s it for this week. Other Tuesday Views would be more than welcome and in the comments below you will soon find links to others who have already joined me in showing a single view weekly, to record the seasonal changes.

Thanks for visiting!

 

The Tuesday View: 4th July 2017

It is a warm and muggy Tuesday as I take my photos for my weekly look at the south-west rockery.

The ants have just flown and the sun keeps disappearing behind threatening clouds, but it remains dry. The garden has benefitted enormously from showers over the past five or six days, and the red Lychnis continues to provide splashes of colour.

The lavender is at its peak and the golden rod is standing tall, regardless of rain or drought, sun or wind.

The Perovskia on this side of the rockery will be opening soon, as will the Achillea in the round plant support in the foreground… it is just starting to show some yellow.

Here is the same view when the sun disappeared behind another cloud!

I look forward to seeing other Tuesday views this week. Do join me if you can!