Gardens forum: Some August photos

 
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Imagerannveig
Aug 17, 2010 6:32 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
August is here and like previous years the rains came along with it. So everything in the garden is soggy and the roses aren't showing their best in this weather ... it's a good thing the summer was warm and many were at their best in July while it was still sunny and warm :-)

Here are a few photos:

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ImageCalif_Sue
Aug 17, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Name: Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
That verbascum is looking for all the sun it can get!
Imagerannveig
Aug 17, 2010 2:39 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
It's unbelievably tall! Big Grin

ImageAguane
Aug 17, 2010 8:12 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
I would think August would be a very colorful month in Iceland! Lots of blooms then cooling in September?
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ImageKelli
Aug 17, 2010 9:11 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
I have never seen a mullein so tall! (Is that what it's called?) They used to grow along the road in Pennsylvania but I don't remember them being more than 4 or 5 feet.
Imageweeds
Aug 19, 2010 6:04 PM CST
FL. Panhandle
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Beautiful Rann! I love the plants you are growing, how nice to see your garden.
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ImageSteven
Aug 19, 2010 8:19 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
Amazing! What is the plant with the deep purple leaves next to the verbascum? The colour is really intense.
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Imagerannveig
Aug 20, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you :-)

Steve - I think it's called ninebark (?) .... Physocarpus 'Diabolo' .... it's not very hardy here, lots of dieback and it hasn't flowered but the foliage is really striking :-)
ImageSteven
Aug 20, 2010 9:45 PM CST
Name: SW_Gardener
Ontario, Canada
Zone 6a
It is very striking! And goes great with the Maltese Cross! Even grown as a perennial it looks great!
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Imagerannveig
Aug 20, 2010 10:20 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thank you Steven :-) At least I don't have to worry about it growing too big and taking up too much room ;-)

A few photos from today, the hostas are flowering:

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Imagerannveig
Aug 21, 2010 8:04 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
August is usually when the roses peak, but most of them were at their best in July this year .... there are a few that are still going strong:

Champlain Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/21b024 ; 'Roseriae de l'Hay' Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/c1d5d6

Rosa x helenae Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/c3b9de ; 'Menja' Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/77c69c

Polareis Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/4a3860 ; Celestial Thumb of 2010-08-21/rannveig/3b4885
Imageweeds
Aug 21, 2010 8:14 AM CST
FL. Panhandle
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Rann,
You sure have some beautiful roses, no matter which month. Too hot for them or at least for me to grow well so I really enjoy seeing yours.
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Imagerannveig
Aug 21, 2010 9:42 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Connie - too hot will never be a problem here ;-) Hilarious! Most years it's a mad race for them to open the blooms before the first frosts hit, but now most of them are done!


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Imageherbie43
Aug 22, 2010 4:45 PM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
very nice pictures even though i don't know a rose from a fern. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Imagerannveig
Aug 22, 2010 4:59 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Thanks Frank :-) Well, I made it easy by posting all the roses together didn't I ;-) Hilarious!

Summer's winding down real fast. It cooled down very abruptly on Friday with a stiff, cold wind and temps dipping down into the 40's. A high of 48°F today. Low 50's forecast for next week ..... looks like there won't be anymore 60°F temps this year. Thumbs down I really hate this time of year .... don't want summer to end so soon ... and this year was especially nice so we're extra spoiled now.
Imagewcgypsy
Aug 22, 2010 10:40 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
And over here on this side of things the heat has finally hit us...we've been in the 90's this week after having a relatively mild summer. I'm so sorry that you're not looking forward to heading into winter. Here, I look forward to Fall and all that it signifies, bountiful harvest, gorgeous pumpkins, squash, Indian corn and the coming of winter. I would be looking forward to Winter much more if I thought we'd be having a wet one....what I've heard lately says we'll be having a dry winter. Not good. I liked what you mentioned before about people leaving their Christmas lights up longer for the cheer. Are bright colors used more in the Winters also, maybe for that same reason? I have a 'cousin' of sorts who spent 30 years in Alaska and is now thrilled to death to be living in Arizona...talk about extremes...lol...I'd rather have something in between. If we have a warm, dry winter, I will be envying many aspects of your winter in Iceland.
Sherry
Imageherbie43
Aug 23, 2010 5:53 AM CST
Name: Franklin Troiso
Rutland MA
Zone 6b
rann - its still nice in wappingers falls ny if you and he girls have nothing to do. Rolling on the floor laughing speaking of the girls, when does school start for them??

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ImageKelli
Aug 23, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Rann, you can see why people in CA look forward to winter. As you know by now from the weather forum, winter in CA is like summer in Iceland, except we don't have the midnight sun. Having grown up in Pennsylvania, though, I can understand why you dread the winter. Your hot springs fascinate me, though. The concept of free or no-effort hot water - wow!

No, Sherry, don't say it's going to be a dry winter! Crying
Imagerannveig
Aug 23, 2010 10:46 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Well, we're getting a summer bonus - it's sunny and 59°F today with just a light breeze blowing - just wonderful :-) Hurray!

School starts tomorrow - we went today to pick up their schedules and meet the teachers.

Kelli - when I lived in Florida I looked forward to the winters too ;-) Hilarious!

Sherry - no, black is the most common color people wear here in winter as dreary as that is ..... we should wear more colors to cheer us up.

Just to show you the contrast between where I live and the countryside outside the greater Reykjavík metropolitan area (pop. around 150.000 :rofl:) here's a photo from Snæfellsnes peninsula ...... it's about 3 hour drive from Reykjavík accross the bay of Faxaflói. This was last Thursday. As you can see there's not a tree in sight and the wind was blowing pretty briskly.

Thumb of 2010-08-23/rannveig/ef089e
ImageKelli
Aug 23, 2010 10:48 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
It looks pretty, though. I want to be there right now. I guess my shorts and sandals wouldn't cut it, though. Hilarious!

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