summer update

So far it has been an unusual summer with lots of rain and mild weather. Now we're having an over 40 degree spell and there is a little wilting going on. The plants have become a bit spoiled, they're going to have to toughen up again.

Summer is not the prettiest season for the garden, meaning that there aren't as many flowers as in the other seasons. But I think I almost love it best with lots of cool soothing shades of green and grey, and a wide but harmonious variety of leaf and plant shapes.

The Dietes grandiflora is looking good - it needs to be captured with a camera, the blooms don't last long. Similarly, the Agapanthus 'streamline'. I love these fairly common flowers, but what is important to me is the context, the plants surrounding them. What matters is the whole picture, not one single element.


  1. Love your blog! In my part of the world there is 10 inches of snow outside and my feet are freezing.. I love reading about summertime-your garden looks wonderful :)

  2. Oh yes, too much rain has spoiled the plants... and us. I have found myself having to water again, which is a lovely task when I can use the hose, not so fun with a watering can.

    The pump on my tank is broken!!

    Your garden looks lovely, green and lush you lucky thing :)

  3. It is so refreshing to look upon your greens and textures Catmint . . . with snow falling and more coming tomorrow. How lovely to have warm sunny days and to stroll around your garden. Funny I never thought of agapanthus as being common. Exotic to me. Thank you for the verdant tonic. You are so right that the whole picture is what makes or breaks the charm of a particular plant. Lovely post. Lovely garden.

  4. Dietes and Agapanthus, they are common here, but then they are indigenous to South Africa!

  5. Dear Rebecca, I am so pleased you love my blog. Hope your feet warm up soon in front of a cosy fire.

    Dear Ali, You won't be needing to water now - so much rain! What a drag that the pump on your tank is broken. I hate the way things continually break and it is so time consuming either to fix or get them fixed. But I guess that's life in our technological age ...

    Hi Carol, hope you are bearing up with the terrible snow storm. Extreme nature events are very challenging. Thanks for the lovely words.

    Hi Diana, yes they are South African (I forgot) but they are very common here because they are so tough and trouble free. Yet they don't seem to become a weed problem. Another aspect of botanical multiculturalism.

    Cheers, catmint


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