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Wednesday
Aug152018

The brutal summer of 2018.

I know you´re probably annoyed by me complaining about the weather by now (I am usually very annoyed by people who complain about the weather all the time!), but this summer? Worst ever. While many other countries and German regions have experienced a bit of relief in the last week or so, we´re still in the middle of a terrible drought and heat wave. Thankfully at least the nights have been a bit cooler lately.

I´ve not posted here lately for a few reasons, one of them because we were busy with our barn renovation, but mostly because I can´t bear to take a closer look at the garden right now. I´ve forced myself to weed the flower beds a little bit this last weekend and it was just devastating. So many of my perennials have died. I think by the end of this summer, we´ll have lost several hundred Euros in plants. It´s just very depressing. But! Anyway. Yesterday I took a few pictures of my zinnias which are so pretty right now and I thought I´d post them together with a few favorite pictures from the last few weeks.

This is one of the pictures which were taken a few weeks back actually. The veggie garden is no longer that lush and green, although it gets the most water (we had to set priorities).

The runner beans have been extraordinary this year. I am growing some heirloom varieties this year - white and speckled ones! Can´t wait for the harvest.

Dahlias. Surprisingly nice this year again even though they supposedly need a lot of water. Also I realized that I forgot to plant two whole cases of dahlia tubes which are still in my basement. Facepalm.

Also from a few weeks ago, the snapdragons are gone by now.

It is, of course, the year of the tomatoes. No touch of blight, lots of wonderful fruit. I only have 15 plants this year (a few years back I had about 60 which was just crazy ) but the harvest has been great so far. I am growing lots of different varieties this year (among them Auriga, Stupice, San Marzano, Matina, Harzfeuer and Tigerella) and love all of them.

Our little pear tree has managed to produce a little this year. We are however going to have a true glut of apples this year!

I have a more current picture of the same area that you don´t want to see. This is a hydrangea variety that can tolerate a lot of sun (Limelight) but this summer was too much, most blooms have turned brown by now.

This bed has given up as well in the meantime.

In the walled garden I have managed to grow corn flowers this year, and lots of poppies. Hopefully both will return next year.

Bonus picture of silly Bruno.
I´m going on a trip to the Netherlands tomorrow to see Piet Oudolf´s private garden! See you on the flip side with lots of pictures.

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Reader Comments (4)

Meine Güte, was für eine Pracht! Wunderschön!

August 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSandra

Beautiful flower garden. Lovely mixes of colors.

August 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterangela

I can't wait to hear about/see your trip to Piet Oudolf's gardens. In spite of the drought your garden photos are amazing, wonderful zinnias, dahlias and tomatoes. It must be hard finding water for everything. I hope the perennials recover next year. Glad to see aristocratic Ludwig and funny Bruno, the gorgeous dogs.

August 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

It's funny that cool and wet favors one group of plants and drought favors another. The flowers that you picture are none the worse for the heat and dry weather, they are beautiful in fact. It's what they wanted.

August 22, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

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