Garden Impression

The colours of the garden photographed through rain-soaked glass this morning. It was the first decent rainfall since May and it was gratefully received.

I had planted and sown lots of things early May – laying down roots metaphorically and literally in this new place – but hadn’t reckoned on the following drought conditions (plus many days of a heatwave) especially here …… in Wales! The hottest temperature in the UK was recorded in Wales, too.

The water butts ran dry, the grass slowly turned brown and crispy from the edges inwards, and even the long-established plants in the damp flower bed started to show signs of stress. Every three days, I diligently carried many watering cans to and fro the new plants.

In the foreground here – lavender, which needed no extra watering – thrived as it does in hot dry conditions, but the plants beyond – the annuals and bedding – needed more care. I should think they are as happy and relieved as I am today!

26 thoughts on “Garden Impression

    1. Thank you, Margaret. It was wonderful to have the rain after such a long period of drought. Looks like a return to hot dry sunny weather. I’m pleased that the water butts have been replenished. Should keep us going for a wee while.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. The long-range weather forecast states that the hot dry weather will continue into most of August. Reading about other places in the World suffering extreme weather at present makes me think we are fortunate that it’s not worse.

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      1. I saw photos of aerial views in Wales showing historic ancient walls, under the ground visible because of the drought. While that is really cool… I fear the whole drought, extreme heat, fires everywhere, are all not a good sign of what we’re going to have to adapt to. Oh well, at least we can look for the visual beauty around us.

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        1. Yes – those images are really interesting but – as you say – also very worrying. Looks like temps in Spain and Portugal are going to break European records this weekend.

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  1. Love, love, love the photos! I believe I can imagine how relieved you were to feel, hear, see and smell the rain. Where I live most of the year is quite wet, but summer is always very dry, with grasses browning early and lavender and rosemary plants thriving as the others rest. It’s a strange cycle. Where you are that’s t not the norm, so it’s a good thing you were able to get out there with the watering can!

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    1. Thank you! The hot dry weather is uncovering features in the landscape which are hidden during normal conditions and satellite imagery is showing how parched the landscape is compared to normal. It’s pretty extreme!

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        1. Yes – interesting news stories that are nothing to do with Mr Trump or blooming Brexit are wonderful to behold! Woke up to the news this morning, however, that Greece is suffering large forest fires.

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          1. Yes, and so many people killed there! It seems our fire season in Washington state has gotten off to a bad start as well, with more fires than ever, and earlier, but we’re more used to it so I think the damages to the built environment, and the risks to lives, are less. Many of these ecosystems are benefited by fire – we just have to learn how to live with it better.

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  2. I love the “fresh view” i.e. not the ‘normal’. And very glad for you there was some rain. I friend was telling me this week how he’d seen the satellite view and how dry it was in his former country. It’s teaching us to dance differently.

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    1. It was a great relief to have some rain after so long! I have been reading about the drought in Australia – and the images from above showing the terrible effects. Such a worrying time for farmers. I hope you get some decent rain very soon.

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