OK so the couple from Texas who were on my tour on Wednesday didn’t find it so hot, but the rest of us were either basking in the heat or wilting under it. I bask!!! What a glorious run of hot sunny weather we’ve had, and on a long weekend to boot. We must be doing something right!
The roses in the Gardens are in full bloom, perfuming the air and making splashes of red or pink throughout. The annual beds are filled out and floriferous and the crowds have been out in full force.
Since I took these pictures, it’s rained and rained… but the plants are loving it! Next week promises to be sunny and warm again. Dare I hope?
Even Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee carpet bed was feeling the heat… or maybe it was Glen the carpet bed artist and gardener, who has been working hard to complete his masterpiece.
Roses by the Boer War Memorial Fountain.
The water is flowing again in the Boer War Memorial Fountain after being shut off for repairs.
Even Diana and Flora were feeling the heat, or they had a heated discussion and had decided to ignore each other.
The heat and humidity were making the plants in this tropical foliage bed quite happy.
Blown off course? A dory in the middle of the city.
Only a privileged few get to row in Griffins pond and it’s never for pleasure.
Chances are you’ve seen a variation of this photo many times. It’s hard to find fresh new perspectives every week, but even the repeats are worth admiring.
Clad from above and below.
A well designed border changes its character throughout the season. This border was re-designed after Hurricane Juan toppled some mature Ulmus (Elm trees) and allowed the sun to shine through. The stream bed was widened and it is now one of the most photographed areas of the Gardens.
A busy little bee feeds off this Campanula medium (Canterbury Bells) in the white perennial border by the Boer War Memorial fountain.
Hot and cool! A native from South America, Bromeliads are from the same family as pineapples.
Geranium sanguineum (Cranesbill) is not to be confused with the annual Geranium. These herbaceous perennials are winter hardy and contain many varieties, in various colors. Most only bloom once in early summer, but some bloom throughout the summer. In the fall their leaves turn a lovely red/pink color.
Cool down! The many shades of green. The secret of combining foliage plants are to pick different tones of green and different textures of leaves to create a pleasing contrast.