This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Friday, 25 July 2014

Red hot Summer

Bright summer colours are looking good in our Mediterranean style red hot summer! Well, high 70s is red hot for Ireland. The weather has been very good this year.

Left: unfortunately this isn't in my own garden. This is a red-tastic display in a garden centre. Very eye catching!

Below, the vibrant colours putting on a show in my garden this month...

Above: Dianthus (annuals), planted at the back door, add a great splay of colour.
Above: Red Astilbe looks good planted along with yellow flowering Achillea in a side border.
Above: Red lilies are flowering & looking great!

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  1. Right now 70s sounds very good. We will be sweltering in the 90s today. The July flowers are gorgeous here, but struggling in the heat. The Irish gardens are no doubt flourishing.

  2. Yes, in Holland it's pretty hot too. Love your warm colours in the garden and... I envy your Dianthus, I have sown them too, but the rabbit have eaten all the buds, so there are bold stems left.

  3. The reds are so pretty! I envy your "hot" weather! That is the weather we have in winter in Florida. Right now it is in the 90's and most of the flowers are struggling in the heat, like they are in Colorado, where Ann lives.

  4. We have had "red hot" temperatures here too. It was 31C one day this past week. We had an amazing storm yesterday too. It seemed like a tornado. The wind was really swirling around and thrashing all my poor plants to and fro. It's funny how the colours of the flowers sometimes do reflect the state of the weather!

  5. So glad to hear your having a wonderful growing season! Although hot and dry, everything is doing well here too. I love your Dianthus.....looking at the pic you posted actually makes me remember how they smell!

  6. Your red hot summer is our cool summer! It's been much cooler this summer, a bit like a follow up to our bitter cold winter. But cool for us is in the 70's! LOL