High summer 2007

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    *Susie*, Ange Halle, and 33 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. *Susie* 82 months ago | reply

      It looks absolutely stunning, I'm getting a real visual feast sitting here as your photos appear one by one!

    2. serialplantfetishist 82 months ago | reply

      Another view into eden.

    3. IngallsIdyllGirl 82 months ago | reply

      A visual feast and a gastronomical feast (or many!) in the making. Great work. Nice angle on the garden too. Not easy to get this much information across!

    4. Ange Halle 82 months ago | reply

      Very nice picture. And which of the present climate extremes have come your way ? (Don't want to seem mean, just realistic). The news about the
      extreme rains contrasting to the extreme heat in different European areas, don't seem to have reached your green niche. Yes, serialplant...
      photo taken near eden.

    5. hardworkinghippy 82 months ago | reply

      Ange,

      We've had two years of very bad drought. Last year I had to stop watering the garden in July, it was just a waste of time and I ran out of stored roof water, then there was a hosepipe ban.

      Our winter was far too mild, lot of fruit trees bloomed at Christmas and many species of migrating birds were confused by the temperatures.

      This spring has been strange - really very hot in March and April then it was wet and cold in May, June and July.

      Despite the non-stop rain, it's been announced today that we have to stop using tap water for anything other that domestic hygiene. That doesn't surprise me, because the levels of our ponds are sinking fast and if you dig deep into the ground (We're doing a lot of drain work at the moment for the new house.) the earth is really dry.

      I've notice a lot of strange things happening to our roses, flowers with leaves at the ends and flower stems but no leaves. All my tomatoes have blight - even the varieties which are normally resistant.

      All the people around us are having the same problems.

    6. IngallsIdyllGirl 82 months ago | reply

      It's crazy, isn't it? No way to protect the plants through the unseasonable weather. We had rain last week, in the evening. City people felt that everything had been 'watered.' But I did some work digging a bed for winter brassicas that afternoon, and the soil gave off dust already.

      I have been mulching more heavily than ever before and even going so far as to hang old sheets to give certain beds more shade. It doesn't seem that the sun is just drying and hot, it seems almost more toxic than that. The shading seems to help a lot.

      The next step for me is to plant a lot of grapes and make arbors to provide some living shade during the summer months.

    7. hardworkinghippy 82 months ago | reply

      It's strange what you say about the sun being "toxic".

      I've had that feeling for a few years now, but it's difficult to put into words what I suspect.

      Before, when I raised my face up to the sun it was a good warming glow, now I feel it's burning me without giving me any of it's benefits.

      I rarely work outside without being covered up.

    8. garden bum [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      We are in a deep drought here in Tennessee. We are on water restrictions too.

    9. Ange Halle 82 months ago | reply

      I see that other people (observant, dependent on nature, or with these connections) have also noticed changes. Ive noticed omething happening with the birds. Why was there only one lonely bird in the pond here, for instance. And in the internet I found out that it belonged to a different region. And I dont know the species, but I have been missing the well known hooting of another bird, and this year did not hear it at all.
      Then I looked it up and the bird ecologists here are also sounding alarm about the diminishing biodiversity (that is, simply stated that species are disappearing). So now it is clear why you have been collecting rain water.

      Here, in sight of the alps, there have been so many cold days in summer.

      Wish you well.

    10. Pandorea... 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Garden Structures and Details, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. Pip_Wilson 38 months ago | reply

      That looks SO much like a photo from Bellingen, Australia. And we've been called hippies for 35 years that I know of. I really dig your photos.

    12. hardworkinghippy 38 months ago | reply

      Thanks Pip !

      It's funny how as soon as you make do with what you have to grow food you're labelled "Hippy". lol

    13. Pip_Wilson 38 months ago | reply

      :) Goodonya, HWH! So much of your stuff looks EGGS-ACKERLY like Bello, Thora ... anywhere in this valley. Looks like I built the chookhouse, but seems I have homing chooks and when he leaves in April, I plan to take down the one my flatmate built. ,, Oh, I see now it's not a chook run but vegies. Blame my 'slight visual impairment'. And I'm removing Chutney and Chase's fence, not 'Chook Shanti' itself.

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