The heat of the summer days does take its toll on the garden. It is usually 2-3 degrees higher here than in the city of Cape Town. So if my friend, Christine, says its 30 degrees in her garden, than its usually 33 degrees here. A few of my plants are now dropping leaves and flowers – notably the fuchsia, but my neighbour was very surprised to see it still blooming, so it lasted well.

The crickets are out at night and I hear the lonely high-pitched sound of the mating frog. In the hot afternoon, you hear the cicadas and the grasshoppers stake their claim on large green leaves. The sun is high and the air is dry. The garden waits for its daily watering …

This grasshopper lives on the corn-stalk

An old skin shell of a grasshopper

My grasses are doing well in the heat

They are now growing and filling the spaces

But they do need watering regularly.

My Miscanthus growing tall

But some are feeling the heat

In this early morning shot (8am) – it was already 25 degrees

The Leopard Trees are strong and resilient

But everyone needs a drink of water

Summertime is for lazy days in the sun and swimming in the cool pool. I know most of our friends are in winter, but I hope that we can spread some sunshine your way.

Happy gardening xxxx