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Shades of Pink

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While the World Cup Football match was being shown live on TV, I took stock of how the garden is faring in this very hot and dry weather we are having.

The grass is turning to shades of brown, small patches near to the flower border edges are still green, but now that I no longer use the hose on the flower beds it will soon turn brown to match the rest!

I am watering plants in pots with ‘grey water’ from washing dishes, hoping the mild detergent will do them no harm.

Pink Verbena and Cosmos seem happy enough …

This established lace-cap Hydrangea is in shade from late afternoon but the foliage is starting to look tired today …

Hollyhocks and Dianthus are still blooming well …

These Godetias, grown from seed, have taken a while to flower but seem to be loving the hot weather …

Finally, the Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ has never grown so well and is actually supporting the Spiraea behind it!

If only we could have some rain, during the night would be preferable!

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We had a little today, but not enough to water anything. But scott says we will get some tonight. :) I've been watering all day long again. The Sedums are perfectly happy though aren't they. Its the roses and the clematis that really need it here.

15 Jul, 2018

 

Those flowers all look happy though. They are beautiful. I've noticed that pinks seem even to be enjoying the weather. I'm trying to keep watering t a minimum - only had the hose out once but using the can on essentials. My poor begonia semps have hardly grown at all this summer.

15 Jul, 2018

 

You like pink don't you!

16 Jul, 2018

 

Karen, we went for a country drive earlier today and were saddened to see leaves falling from trees, brown grass verges everywhere and one village had taken down the hanging baskets ... :o(

Stera, there is no sign of any rain falling in our area for the forthcoming weeks or two!

Pb, and blue, yellow, white, mauve, all shades of green, most colours bar orange.

16 Jul, 2018

 

Beautiful photos, we have rain here today, not sure it will be enough but any of it is welcome, it is not too heavy and there's no wind..........another couple of words I don't get to say very often!

16 Jul, 2018

 

A girl after my own heart- everything is pretty in pink! As the only women in my household I celebrate anything pink in the garden as I can’t get away with it in the house! Lol

16 Jul, 2018

 

I like pink also though the Spring colours in our garden are more virulent.

We have a lace cap Hydrangea. Aren't they pretty?

16 Jul, 2018

 

Sunnydais, when we ever do have some rainfall I shall put out every bucket and trug I own to catch it!

That's so funny Amsterdam! :o))

Eirlys, I much prefer them to the 'mophead' varieties now and took a cutting from this one a few years ago. Pleased to say it is now about 3ft high and thriving in the sunny front garden.

16 Jul, 2018

 

Pink perfection Shirley......we were promised rain here on Friday 4 hours.......but it has now been cancelled!! and nothing at all in the foreseeable future!! so fed up with the watering.......

16 Jul, 2018

 

I know just how you feel Dotty ... I shall have monkey arms soon from carrying cans!

16 Jul, 2018

 

That sounds very sad. I’m happy to say all is well in sunny Scotland. When Rachel gets in to her new house in Shaftesbury in August there will be nothing there. Its been empty all summer so everything will be dead. I’d better warn her!

16 Jul, 2018

 

Karen, I'm sure the grass, if there is any, will regrow but even some of the really established evergreens here look as though they're struggling.

Yesterday we took a countryside drive up to Midhurst, where Polo is played at Cowdray Park, and I was so sad to see leaves falling from some trees ... :o(

17 Jul, 2018

 

Well, I thought it was dry here, but nothing like as bad as that, and thanks be, we had some rain yesterday. You can almost see the plants saying thankyou - but there's no more forecast. Be careful with your water carrying everyone.

17 Jul, 2018

 

Cooler day here Stera ... still no rain though.

17 Jul, 2018

 

I warned my daughter what to expect when they get their keys in Shaftesbury. She would have been clearing a lot of their garden anyway, so she won’t be too upset.

17 Jul, 2018

 

That's a good thing! I found a pot of Lemon Thyme today, well it looked more like a burned one and has totally died, despite being watered most days. Tipped out the pot and found dry roots full of ants ... :o(

17 Jul, 2018

 

Shirley just discovered a couple of pots of thyme that I have been watering, almost dead! unable to plant anything because it won't take!

17 Jul, 2018

 

It's beyond a joke now Dotty ... just got back from Arundel where somebody described the grass verges as the colour of shortbread!

18 Jul, 2018

 

I'm late catching up Shirley so I hope you've had some rain by now. We had a light shower but it wasn't enough to wet the ground.

Your plants are doing surprisingly well so far :)

18 Jul, 2018

 

Still no rain here Hywel ... now I see that Holly leaves are turning brown and dropping off ... :o(

19 Jul, 2018

 

Sad to know that. It's the same here, the trees are dropping their leaves like autumn :(

19 Jul, 2018

 

Hywel, I really hope things get better soon.

19 Jul, 2018

 

Me too.

19 Jul, 2018

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