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 :-)
I would think August would be a very colorful month in Iceland! Lots of blooms then cooling in September?
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Thanks Frank Well, I made it easy by posting all the roses together didn't I
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. 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.
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.
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!
Well, we're getting a summer bonus - it's sunny and 59°F today with just a light breeze blowing - just wonderful
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
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.
A cubit about the challenges of gardening and living in Iceland. The climate, the plants that can be grown here, beautiful gardens, beautiful scenery, a bit of culture and history and daily life before and after the economic collapse.