After the drought in June and July, we eventually got a little rain in August; not much but enough to stop having our hoses on constantly.
Pineapple lily & Yucca gloriosas.
For the first time ever, most of our Kabschia saxifrages (now called Porphyrion saxes) were severely burnt by the intense sun we had this summer. I’ve now moved quite a few of them into wall pots on a north facing wall, although we probably won’t get a summer like we’ve had this year for a long time to come.
Cacti in wall pots.
Wall pots have also been installed on a south facing wall under the glazed section of the pergola and I’ve put cacti in them to stay outside 12 months of the year as an experiment. They’ll avoid winter wet but we’ll see if they can survive the cold. Nothing venture: nothing gain!
Cryptomeria with an ultimate? height of only 2½ metres.
Our resident moorhens, who arrived here in the Spring and adopted the watergarden as a des res , are now causing quite a bit of damage. We used to have hundreds of sticklebacks; now we have none – all eaten. Their latest piece of chicanery is upturning our water lilies. 🙁 A cultivated garden and moorhens don’t appear to go hand in hand: we’ll see how it all pans out.