From gorgeous to dead !

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sandra

From gorgeous to dead !

Two weeks ago garden was looking so good. Have spent most of today dead heading and wondering what is left !
Never can get my head around the whole think year round idea !
Am I the only one ?

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Yummy

Dead garden

Sorry to hear that Sandra, we are lucky as we have our own well,so the garden doesn't look too bad, but if this heat keeps up we wonder how long the water in there will last. Water butt from the roof is half way down on the side garden I try not to water too much anyway early on as it stops them putting down the tap roots.

Good luck hope you get some nice steady rain soon

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sandra

Dead garden

Yummy
Rarely water as I feel as you, get your roots down and get on with it !
This year has been very dry in my little spot and as new shrubs etc. go in they need to be watered to establish.
I love watering as I enjoy having toenails pulled out - no, haven't but sure you understand !
It's the whole thing of gardening for every season I am rubbish at. But maybe , one day ................

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SonyaK

Dead garden

I know how you feel!! We often go for 2-3 months with virtually no rain in the summer, and temperatures in the 30's and sometimes 40's.
Water is restricted and getting more expensive, so people here are planting more appropriate plants. Hydrangeas are going out of fashion!! But it is sad to see things wilt and die.
At the moment its about 13 degrees and pouring with rain, so everything is very green!!

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Biggles !

Dry gardening

Beth Chatto created a fantastic garden just outside Colchester and based it on low watering needs. Perhaps you can find some info by 'Googling'.

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Yummy

Hydrangeas/Hortensia

Found that the lovely blue hydrangeas fronting our cottage are very "heat sensitive" at the moment.
In the morning they are all lovely and perky, then when the sun is full midday to around 5pm the are all droopy and they they pick up again around 7pm when the sun is off them and it is cooling down.......anyone else noticed?

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SonyaK

Hydrangeas

Yummy,
My next door neighbour puts shade cloth or an umbrella over the hydrangeas on hot days. They certainly hate the heat and dry out very fast.

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Biggles !

Hydrangers (sp)

I was surprised when I discovered they do need a lot of water.

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sam from worthing

gardens

i have 4 water butts...and all 4 are totally empty except for the remaining 2 watering cans worth inside each that the tap is too high to gulp at.

I am saving all my cold water from running the hot tap - which equates to 5 litres, i know this as i have 2 5 litre water bottles on stand by.

my grass is like straw, my veggies are wilting, the car needs a wash not just from dust, but bird poo, we have a nest in our roof tiles cos some of "pug" fell out this winter and my OH is waiting to re- pug it up but waiting for the little tweets to leave home.

we are on a water meter and we are very very tight/mean with our water consumption in general.

yes we have found out too that hydrangeas love water!

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sandra

Garden

Biggles
As much as I respect Beth Chatto have no intention of digging up my whole garden to bung in plants I don't like !!
It's OK really - simply the first flush over and when it has been so good I do become a tad maudlin !
Of course the next flush will happen when we are away.
C'est la vie.

 
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