THE ARDECHE IN FRANCE (1)

Last week we returned from our holiday in France, this year we visited the Ardeche, known for the many rocks, a popular holiday destination in Summer and full of French charm.

The Ardeche is situated in the South-West of France, a 1000 kilometer travel for us.

THIS IS A TYPICAL VIEW FOR THE ARDECHE

Normally there is enough water for canoeing but as the whole of Europe is suffering a lot from drought canoeing is not an option at the moment.

THESE MOUNTAINS ARE MADE BY VULCANIC ERUPTIONS ABOUT 8 MILLION YEARS AGO
MOST HOUSES ARE MADE BY THESE ROCKS TOO
I JUST LOVED THIS LITTLE TERRACE WITH A ROOF OF A GRAPEVINE
DARK GREEN TALL CYPRESSES. LOVE THEM !!
WATER AND ROCKS
AND MORE WATER AND ROCKS


We stayed in a lovely B&B as we always do when we visit France. I’ll show you more pictures of France in my next blog.

Have a great week !

WHAT IS STILL BLOOMING IN MY GARDEN TODAY

It definitely is Autumn now, cos of the drought it is early this year. But there still is a lot in bloom right now although you can see the flowers are a bit tired and the leafs are getting brown and yellow here and there. On top of it they had to go without my tlc while I was on holiday in France.

IT’S SEDUM SPECABILE TIME NOW AND I HAVE LOTS OF THEM


FUCHSIA MAGELLANICA BLOOMS FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS

PASSIFLORA CAERULEA
THE ASTERS ARE JUST BEGINNING TO BLOOM
DAHLIA WILL BLOOM TILL THE FROSTS COME
BEGONIA’S STILL DOING REALLY WELL
TAGETES (marigolds)
ROSA GUIRLANDE D’AMOUR IS STILL GETTING NEW BUDS AND ALL

MY FUCHSIA’S IN POTS ARE ALL STILL IN BLOOM
ROSA SEAGULL

On the other hand some plants look tatty, like the ferns, the Amelanchier tree(shadbush or june berry), the lavenders…. But hey, I am not complaining !

I hope you are all well and happy, wherever you are.

WHAT SEASON ARE WE IN ??

It is the beginning of August and for us it is the middle of Summer but the heath and drought have ruined a lot of plants so now it looks like Autumn.

It is the second year in a row, I think we should start looking for plants that tolerate more heath and more drought.

AMELANCHIER
BURNED AMELANCHIER

I took this picture 2 days ago and now this tree is almost bare, all the yellow leafs have gone with the wind.

GERANIUM MACRORHIZUM

My gernaniums look all death, luckily I know they’ll come back when we have had a lot of rain and lower temperatures.

FERNS
HENS AND CHICKS (sempervivum)

Even the hen’s and chicks are burned !!!! I have put most of my plants in pots in the shade but as we may not use the waterhose cos of the drought, I have to water them by hand, a huge job.

Have a great weekend all !

MY POOR GARDEN

My poor garden, burned to a crisp !!! We had such hot weather lately, up to 38 C°, and a lot of my plants are burned. And as we have a severe water shortage as well we can’t water the garden. It breaks my heart to look at it ! It looks like Autumn even though it is only the beginning of August !!

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THIS USED TO BE A DWARF RHODODENDRON

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THIS LITTLE BUSH IS BARELY ALIVE.

 

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THESE ARE ALL LEAFS FROM MY AMELANCHIER

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FERNS NEAR THE POND

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HYDRANGEA IN THE SHADE, BEGGING FOR WATER

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LYTHRIUM SALICARIA NEAR THE POND

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VERONICA VIRGINICA

As of next wednesday they expect thunderstorms but not everyone will get rain…

Does any of you know how to perform a raindance ??

Have a great weekend.