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Friday, July 20, 2012

A Stroll in the Garden

The weather (man) certainly has been playing with our summer. We have been experiencing some really unseasonable weather - extreme heat! normally we are around mid to high 20 Celsius ... this year we have been seeing temps reach 40 plus Celsius (with humidity).

It's been a real labour of love to water our beautiful gardens, it can take anywhere from 2-4 hours, thankfully we are able to water them with water from our stream.

Pour yourself a cuppa tea, coffee or perhaps make that ICED tea or coffee and lets take a stroll of the gardens from early ion July.
The Butterfly garden is doing amazing ...

Finally was able to capture a photo of the Butterfly garden bird house - tenant....

These are all in the Butterfly Garden... the Lavender did brilliant with all the heat..




Beginning of July the roses were brilliant ... with all the heat they are not as happy....

Are you experiencing a change in temps, where you live, this summer? How are your garden beauties handling it?





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26 comments:

  1. Celia, your plants and gardens are looking perky, despite the heat. I have some plants that are sulking terribly while others show no signs of stress. Only the containers get watered, unless I feel generous but we pay for every drop that comes out of the hose and the rain barrels are dry.
    Judith

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  2. Celia you have a beautiful garden! It looks like your labor of love is paying off! We are excited because we are having a few days in the 20s celsius! Keep cool. The garden will help with that!
    Ruth

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  3. To respond to your question... we certainly are experiencing a change from our norm... I wouldn't mind having a stream to water from at all... as it is, the 150 year old well will have to do, and so far it has... 24/7! I enjoyed visiting! Larry

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  4. Dearest Celia,

    You show us lovely roses and other garden beauties! WOW, both of you must feel very proud for having such a show. The tenant (a little wren?) makes for a perfect shot of the birdhouse.
    Well, our garden is in a stage where the roses barely stay alive and maybe in September they will revive a little bit. Anyway, we enjoy what we get out of it, with watering like you do, also from our stream...
    Lots of love and wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Mariette

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  5. Very beautiful gardens and I agree -- I have been a watering slave to mine this very hot and dry summer -- I still love it :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  6. Your gardens are amazing and how fortunate
    for you that you can water with the stream.
    We have rainy season going for us and everything
    in my garden is soggy and not producing flowers.
    So I gave up till the fall...
    Lovely photos
    Sandy

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  7. Found you via French Country Cottage - Your gardens and flowers are beautiful!! I'm just finally figuring out what plants grow well at our house and what beauties I should skip out on buying so this year things have done MUCH better than previous years, despite the July heat wave here in Southern VA! Have a lovely day!

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  8. Hi Celia: It looks like you have a huge garden--2-4 hours watering--wow! (I thought I had it bad with one hour!) I love your island beds, and I am smitten with the birdie on top of his or her bird house--I've been looking for a pretty birdhouse, and I really like yours. Your photos gave me much garden inspiration today. Hope it cools down for you. In the Pacific Northwest, it's been a better growing season than the last 2, but overall cool and rainy, with a few brief patches of warm weather. Still it is better than cold and rainy, as it was in the past.

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  9. Oh I just love your tree filled garden area! Is that an iron gazebo? I'll have my tea over there if you don't mind?? Beautiful flowers, it looks like time spent watering is paying off! I'm going to fall over when I get our water bill next month! How far exactly is your stream from my house:) Thanks for sharing at Farm Fresh Friday - Stay cool and have a great day!

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    1. Yes ... it is an iron gazebo and come on over, it's one of our favourite places to take tea or sit back in the evening and enjoy a cold beverage. Thankfully our stream on this part of the property is not far about 200 - 300 ft. and lots of hose, I think Hubby has about 4-6 100' hoses linked together to get around the garden. We usually use the rain barrels..but without any rain, they are bone dry. He had a generator set up to operate the pump - but for some reason the generator is not working and outdoor extension cords run to the back of the house to get power to the pump. The water pressure is low and thus the long time to water.

      If you have a stream near by, it would be worth trying to use it for garden watering. xo C. (HHL)

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  10. ha - no matter what the prediction the weather man sends us, i too am always second guessing it. it's been very hot here this past week, so i not only started up the sprinklers last night, but i hand watered as well...& woke up to thunderstorms this am...(no, it wasn't in the forecast)...just crazy! our gardens are so pretty and love that you shared over here at this weeks garden party! i'm enjoying the garden party 'indoors' today! xoxox, tracie

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    1. Tracie, please send some of those rain showers our way... xo C(HHL)

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  11. You have lovely garden photos :)

    Yes unusual weather patterns, high heat, drought here ( western PA, USA )

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  12. Your butterfly garden is beautiful! We too are experiencing unusual heat and drought. Hoping for rain and cooler temps soon.

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  13. Celia, thank you for the beautiful tour of your garden. Gosh, your lavender is huge! I have always had a dream that I will have a large plot of land with a lavender garden. So glad to meet your little butterfly house tenant. How sweet. Your card came in the mail at the perfect time. I have been feeling low and it was a pick-me-up. Thank you so much. Your thoughtful cards and letters always bring me some cheer.
    xoxo,
    Mary

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  14. Pretty garden. Here in west Texas (where we are staying) they are having more rain and milder weather. July in Texas is just plain old hot. In east Texas (where we actually live) you can add in steamy to that hot. Someday I'll figure out how to grow lavender. Daisies are on my want list for our butterfly bed back home. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Our weather has been between 104 and 109 degrees - unseasonable, too! We had to purchase some water bags for the new maple trees and water heavily each weekend. Some of my snapdragons bit the dust because of the pot they're in (it didn't hold water well) so I have to water the rest (mom's roses) every morning - but it's worth it to see beautiful flowers!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your gardens!

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  16. Thank you for the garden tour, it's such a pleasure to visit the gardens of others. We're having hot weather, but we manage. It's amazing what a bit of rain does.

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  17. Celia,

    Such a pretty garden! That lavender is gorgeous and I like the picture of the bird in your birdhouse :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    leslie

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  18. Truly magical...love your garden photos. Very relaxing to enjoy today.

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  19. We are having raining almost everyday in my place in Malaysia. Your garden is beautiful and I love the bird house.

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  20. Beautiful photos - I am your newest follower - LOVE your blog!

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  21. How beautiful your garden is. The roses take my breath away!

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  22. What a lovely garden. The roses are exquisite!!! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  23. Gorgeous! Love the butterfly garden.

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