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Until next year

It was the hottest weekend of the year here and with temperatures well over 30oC what else is there to do apart from lounging with a book in the garden, sunglasses on, dabbing my forehead with a hand towel then hot footing it into the kitchen to cool down every 5 minutes. The sun is a wonderful welcome change to the usual downpours but it kind of rendered me useless, forcing me to save weekend chores till sundown. I suppose that's not a bad thing.

I did get my camera out though, to take a couple of shots of the poppies that grew in my garden a month or so back. It's cool that even dead flowers can be beautiful. They only flower for a couple of days each year, before the wind or the rain makes their petals fall.  But after a few weeks, their stems turn from green to brown and what's left are these little bony skeletons with orbs full of seeds that will drop ready for next Summer's growth.


And the before shot, in full bloom. What a transformation, hey?

There are some Alliums that have died off too.  I cut and brought them inside before the weather turns and ruins their delicate pin-like stems.

Aren't they wonderful?  What's happening in your garden at this time of year ?

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Reader Comments (7)

Sam, I love seeing your Alliums like that! They're stunning! I should do a late summer garden tour too. We've had so much rain lately that everything looks green and lush which is rare for this time of year. Usually by mid to late-August, things are hot, dry and brown. It's cool and rainy here today. And even on the sunny days there's a hint of cool. Fall is coming.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I can't believe those are the same flower, those first two! The before and after is startling. Nature is so fascinating, isn't she? Though you are braver than me and got close to those dried buds even with the cobwebs around them. I'm clearly too much of a city mouse to have a garden of my own, haha. I occasionally buy a bouquet of flowers at the market but I have to spend the week they're alive fending off my dog from eating them. It gets expensive :)

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

so different with no petals. the gardens around here are finished blooming, so not a lot of color. we're all trying the draught resistant thing so we have little color. I still manage to get a few blooms with help from my gardener who knows what to plant. lovely photos here! Teri

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

It has been hot in these parts, as well. I shouldn't complain since, up until now, we haven't had much of a summer. However, we're entering our third week of HOT weather and enough is enough. I'm happy you were able to find motivation to snap some photos of your garden, which are lovely to look at, by the way. Our garden is looking quite sparse. Green, but only a few purple flowers. A sure reminder that fall in on its way.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Superb photography, Sam! I love the fact that you found beauty where most people cannot - you truly have a wonderful eye! :D

I'm a terrible gardener - I hardly know what anything in my garden is called and I yanked most of them out of the ground to spare them from a slow, painful death. Everything The Hubster and I touch shrivels up and dies - even potted herbs from the supermarket!

We often joke that our daughter is the only living thing/being we've managed to keep alive. :D

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChi @ 106

your photos are gorgeous. seed heads are one of my favourite things. such gorgeous designs in nature.
we are coming into spring here and our azalea bushes a blooming. (not long until the native daphne is flowering).... in the garden (vegie patch) we have lots of broccoli, snow peas and rocket. and our kale is about to take off.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterleah of sang the bird

@Lauren - yes you must do a garden tour - please!. There's a taste of fall in the air here today, a bit of cool dew on the grass this morning.

@Erin - big spiders, or spideros as we call them at home are coming into the house now, must be looking for a new mate. There are also lots of little ones in the garden, suspending their webs across walkways. Horrible! Cut flowers are the way to go, a lot less hassle to keep and instant gratification, even if you do have to fight off Fitz x

@Teri - plants that work with draughts, like grasses? I'm impressed you have a gardener, wonderful x

@Theresa - so you've had the same kind of Summer as we have. There's a lot of green here now, with a lot less colour. Glad you like the photographs x

@Chi - thank you so much! How's your photography course going? Killing off plants, aww that's funny! But you know, gardens are a lot of hard work, the constant watering in this weather. I have to say that my tomato plants are looking very sad. The green fruits are brown in some places. I'm pleased that your daughter is very much alive and bucking the trend :-)

@Leah - I imagined you to have a lush garden with lots of vegetables so you haven't disappointed me! It's interesting to hear that what you are experiencing in your different seasons to us here, so fascinating. Love Azaleas but I've never been able to keep them x

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam Lennie

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