lunes, 19 de febrero de 2018

Tiresome summer days...

Not a lot going on at the moment in my garden, the insane heat keeps me from gardening and has claimed its first victim and it was one of my most cherished roses: "Jean Giono" (the picture is from 2016)


I think I could not replace this rose because finding it was a total serendipity and haven't seen anything like it in any nursery since I bought it in 2012 ... there were still some few roses blooming in the last weeks but with a great effort I pruned them all to encourage new growth and blooms when the days get cooler.





In the pond water lilies are unaffected by they heat, they love it! Some pictures before and after the rain











Very Monet-like haha! I know the threads ruin the sight but they protect the fish from the birds.


One of the princesses of the pond bloomed again: "Pink pom pom" 


A mesmerizing beauty


Natal lily


Lagerstroemia blooms



The large palm tree blocks light to the Lagerstroemia most of the day, it has never bloomed as it should because of this


Fuchsia magellanica


Lotus "Chawan Basu" a beautiful small sized variety



four o'clock  (Mirabilis japala )



The yellow variety is less floriferous


Plumbago


Unfortunately most flowers were too high up!


Hibiscus





See you next time!

15 comentarios:

  1. Natal lily is blooming my garden today too.
    My Iceberg rose is drifting towards cappuccino with cinnamon edges.

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    1. Diana, I've watched on tv about the drought in your country, I really hope it subsides soon! Natal lilies are really beautiful plants and love the local conditions, they can easily survive without my care.

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  2. So many beautiful blooms in your garden. I'll happily trade some of your heat for our current freezing temperatures. Sorry to hear that you lost Jean Giono.

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    1. Peter I'd gladly switch climates with you!

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  3. Interestingly fuchsia blooms in your tropical climate, MDN. I love them and have some bushes that I store inside in wintertime. Lovely roses and double water lilies, especially lotuses. A year ago I had Mirabilis as well but it didn't survive the winter..

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    1. Nadezda, fuchsias grow very well here as long as they stay away from sun. Mirabilis Jalapa is a very invasive plant here,it seeds itself around madly, I struggle to keep it in check.

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  4. Everybody nearly around the world complains about the weather! In Argentina it's too hot, here in German we are tired of the frosty weather, Chicago was extremly cold this winter (I have relatives there) and did you here in Kapstadt it never rains! It could be nearly a little bit funny.
    Your pond must look beautiful now! How big is it? Couldn't you show a picture about the whole pond, MDN?

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    1. Sigrid, you'll never hear me complaining about cold in fact I think I've never complained about cold in my life! my worst nightmare is heat. My pond is actually a fiberglass swiming pool that fell into disuse years ago and I put fish in it and later the water lilies, I don't like how the bright blue borders look like in the pictures, very ugly and distracting and I want to spare my kind readers that ugly sight, I haven't yet thought of a succesful way to hide the borders!

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    2. Nadie estamos conforme!! En mi caso el invierno es crudo. Aunque también es cierto que las heladas que se producen ni son persistentes ni son profundas. Eso sí, impiden cultivar plantas demasiado delicadas. Sin embargo no afectan en absoluto a rosales y la mayoría de arbustos.
      Ahora,eso sí,el verano es aterrador!! Temperaturas altísimas y, lo peor, una humedad atmosférica tan sumamente baja que las plantas se achicharran. Los rosales, tornan sus hojas, literalmente crujientes, churracadas, como papel de fumar quemado. Dejan de florecer, se agostan, un desastre...
      Si yo tuviera que elegir extremos, sin duda elegiría el frío. Es el calor seco lo que para mí hace tan difícil tener un jardin frondoso en mi zona.
      Ánimo amigo, os queda poco para entrar en época de jardinear algo más agradable. Un saludo cordial.

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    3. Cierto María, aquí donde vivo las heladas son muy raras y si suceden nunca son tan intensas como para matar las plantas aunque si pueden dañarles las hojas. Yo toda la vida prefiniría vivir en un clima con invierno más crudo y veranos más cortos, prefiero un jardín con rosas y peonias por dos meses al año antes que un jardín con plantas que no me gustan floreciendo todo el año.

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  5. It may be too hot to garden but you've got a LOT of beautiful blooms, MDN. You've got a Lotus! That's incredible. I love all the pink flowers too. I'm sorry you lost your pretty yellow rose, though. Is there any chance it can be revived?

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    1. Kris, unfortunately the Jean Giono rose died completely I loved it because it was very double reminding of the David Austin english roses that are seemingly unknown here and I dream of growing in my garden. Unfortunately importing roses from abroad isn't possible without a special permission of the Department of Agriculture.

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  6. I'm sorry to hear the heat continues and damages and kills plants. Your garden looks gorgeous nevertheless and especially the pond must be a happy feature for plants, animals and human beings. :)
    Many of your plants are my favourites and I love those pink, white and light blue colours. Unfortunately our climate doesn't allow us to grow them - in these days the temperatures vary between -30 and -20C, and next week(s) can be even colder.
    Big hugs! xx

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    1. Sara, unfortunately (but also naturally) heats continues and will continue for some months untill the cooler days of fall arrive, till then my roses and I have to resist. I've have always been sensible to heat (faitings, blood pressure drops, fatigue, sadness) but I notice that as I get older I am less and less able to withstand it. In winter months I feel alive and active and happy, I feel I am a different person... I wish I could move to one of our southern provinces where summers are short and winters long and snowy, not to mention that peonies and tulips grow wonderfully there!

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    2. A very hot weather is definitely bad for the health and even dangerous. We must spend much money for heating, but you probably need to spend much for cooling.
      Who knows, perhaps you will be able to move to a cooler climate one day! xx

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