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Heat of the Summer

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 theย 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 …

[one_half]This grasshopper lives on the corn-stalk[/one_half]

[one_half_last]An old skin shell of a grasshopper[/one_half_last]

[one_half]My grasses are doing well in the heat[/one_half]

[one_half_last]They are now growing and filling the spaces[/one_half_last]

But they do need watering regularly.

[one_half]My Miscanthus growing tall[/one_half]

[one_half_last]But some are feeling the heat[/one_half_last]

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

[one_half]The Leopard Trees are strong and resilient[/one_half]

[one_half_last]But everyone needs a drink of water[/one_half_last]

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

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden โ€“ sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

11 replies on “Heat of the Summer”

Love the grasshopper skin — do you see those often? I’ve never seen one… wonder if birds or other critters eat them? (I did find a small mantis skin once.)

I’m still not sure about that grass that you call “Miscanthus”. What species is it again? It certainly doesn’t look like any Miscanthus sinensis form that I’ve ever seen (that’s the most commonly grown Miscanthus species).

Hi Alan – the grasshopper skin is a lucky find and a first for me!! ๐Ÿ™‚

About the Miscanthus ….hmmm I tend to agree that this is not a Miscanthus sinensis because I bought the Zebrinus and it does not look anything like the one I have ….. I think they labelled the pots wrong when I bought them. I diligently wrote all the names down in my Gardening Journal when I got them. What do you think it is??

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