Monday, 2 July 2012

You can’t be serious?!

Every Sunday I have the same ritual, checking the 10 day weather forecast to see what to expect. As a keen gardener the weather is important to me, it has a huge impact on many aspects of gardening, in terms on what to expect to flower, when to water, when to sow, when to do almost anything – including when I can go outside and do what I like best; spend time in my garden. Mind you, I do put on 4 layers of clothes in February and venture out, despite bitterly cold winds, and I have also been found in the garden in bucketing rain – but that’s not very often.

At this time of year we all expect nice weather and reasonably temperatures. Today I was out, dodging the showers, with a thick cardigan over my long sleeved jumper and I was still cold to the bone when I came inside. Let me remind you; it’s 2nd of July today!! And yesterday I pulled off this very depressing weather forecast from the Internet. June seems to have been the wettest here in UK since record begun some hundred years ago, yeah, I believe that! Not to mention all the rain we had in April and May. Is someone having a laugh?? In America they are having heat waves of up to 40 degrees and here in UK we have rain and floods. Just wish it could be a bit more evenly spread out....

Oh, by the way, I had a look at my blog statistics yesterday, and funnily enough, my best ever visited post since I started writing 18 months ago was a post I wrote only less than a month ago! The title of the post is: Will it ever stop raining?! I guess there have been quite a lot of frustrated people Googling for an answer and ending up on my blog. Sadly I wasn't able to provide the answer to the question in my post....

My garden is late, but lush and green. We’re getting there eventually!

It’s exploding in colours right now, the beds are finally filling up!

Just a short post for you today, next one will hopefully be on Wednesday with the promised post about my 3 new David Austin roses :-) Until next time, take care and stay warm – cool, depending on where you are!

17 comments:

  1. Look on the bright side, it will soon be St Swithin's Day, and if it rains on the 15th, it's supposed to rain for 40 days. Nothing new there then.

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    1. There is a website that gives 2 weeks weather forecast, I have seen the forecast for the South East of England for 15th July. Not sure how reliable it is but guess what it showed...16 degrees and pouring rain!

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  2. Unfortunately, I have the opposite problem. We haven't had significant rainfall since May and the temps have been in the 80s and 90s. My garden does not look healthy like yours does. I'm a little depressed about it, but trying to tell myself it has to rain sometime. :(

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    1. It usually evens out, we had drought here just 3 months ago, hard to belive now! Hope your garden survives!

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    2. Thanks for the encouragement, Helene. I'm praying for some rain--especially for the farmers!

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  3. Hi Helene, This is my first visit to your lovely blog. I know the gardening madness of which you speak. I too, have been out gardening in the rain, winter weather, terrible heat and even at night with a headlight. The neighbors are used to me. LOL I so enjoyed the photos of your lovely, lush garden. It is just beautiful! Happy gardening! :-)

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    1. Welcome Beth, yes my garden is unusually lush, thanks to all this rain - normally it suffers a bit at this time of year.

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  4. Hot and dry as a dinosaur bone here. We got a bit of rain in a freak storm that also knocked out power to over a million people. Your garden is so lush and full. It really looks beautiful!

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    1. I heard about the storm on the news over here, must have been terrifying! We do have some bad storms over here too, but not in the area where I live, in London.

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  5. Look on the bright side Helene...that's if you can find one when it comes to the weather!! Stay warm & dry xx

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    1. Hmmm, I'm trying, really trying! Today I haven't even been outside, the rain never stopped...

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  6. 100 degrees in Pennsylvania for three days over the weekend. You are right, I wish it was spread more evenly.

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    1. I can tolerate a lot of heat, don't mind temperatures well over 30 degrees Celsius, but when it goes towards 40 (100F = 37.7C) it gets a bit too much for me too :-)Hopefully the winds will blow some of your hot air right over the sea towards us!

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  7. Your garden really is beautiful and lush, but what a price to pay to have it that way! Cold and damp in July add insult to injury somehow. They're so achy-making, too, at least for me. Living in the desert has its perks, even if lush greenery isn't among them... Hope you all get some pleasant weather soon!

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    1. The rain makes my joints ache too. Unfortunately the next 10 days forecast shows rain and showers every day....what else is new!

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  8. It is 40°C for days in Croatia. I wish we could have at least one third of your rain. I see, the weather became quite extreme. But, your garden looks very nice.

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    1. I'd be happy to share at least half of our rain with you! We are still facing weeks of more rain.

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