Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Garden Blogger Foliage Day

Just as I was contemplating a topic for today's Foliage Day post and debating with myself whether or not the rain would halt long enough to get outdoors to get a few shots.  An appropriate song came on the radio.  The opening lines.......

What shall I write?  
I'm sure everyone is fed up hearing about the rotten summer we are having here in Edinburgh.  I apologise for my never ending complaining.
  
Dicentra are still lush

What shall I say?
I know, I'll introduce you all to a word we use here to describe just how rotten the weather is.  Dreich!  With a hard 'ch' as in loch, it rhymes with creek!  Cold, wet, damp, drizzly, misty, overcast.  You get the gist I'm sure but to qualify as a dreich day pretty well most if not all of the aforementioned adjectives must apply!       
Cotinus and Euphorbia

How can I tell you how much I miss you?
There is little else I can say, other than, I've pretty much given up hope for summer this year.

Glaucus or blue Hostas are generally ignored by the slugs and snails

rain puddles on Sedum foliage

The best of a bad bunch, other Hostas have been almost decimated
It might as well rain until September!
Not foliage I know but these drookit (drenched, soaked, sodden) Erigeron blooms match the mood perfectly!


Lyrics: Gerry Goffin and Carole King 

Which song, popular or otherwise, sums up your garden right now?  

42 comments:

  1. Great post - very clever! I enjoyed it because it sums up my feelings also. It is raining yet again here, though I did manage a half hour sitting in the garden while little Anita crawled all over the grass and explored her first daisy!
    Dreich is a brilliant word - nothing in the English language conveys the bad weather so perfectly.

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    1. I suspect every gardener in Scotland feels just like us Annette!
      What a pleasure to see Anita crawl around the grass. I hope she had her baby waterproofs on :) One day I shall enjoy doing the same with Olli. He's had a fair few wanders around Grandma's garden already.
      We have so many marvellous words, take Glaikit as an example. Wonderful!

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  2. Angie, how I can understand you! Our summer is ' Cold, wet, damp, drizzly, misty, overcast' - we aren't lucky this summer, it's true. I look at my beautiful roses and think how long they will be able to resist this weather? Despite of this your hosta Glaucus is pretty. Now I know one more English word.

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    1. We seem to be in a similar situation this summer Nadezda. Glad to have helped you add a new English word to your vocabulary. Any blue hostas do well in regards to the slugs, always worth having one or two in the garden here.

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  3. Raindrops keep falling on my head!
    It's not much better here. Slightly warmer than yesterday evening though, when I was huddled in fleeces!
    I must try a blue hosta. :)

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    1. Or should that be.. Singing in the rain?

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    2. Either song is apt Jessica. I haven't had my winter gear off at work at all this year, still have fleece and wooly hat on during the night. There are many blue hostas out there and the one I've sown H. sieboldiana Elegans is a nice big one. It makes a real impact.

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  4. Blue skies
    Smiling at me
    Nothing but blue skies
    Do I see
    Sorry....we are quite desperate for rain here,(Worcestershire) the Spring Barley in the fields is dying before the grain has filled, allotments and gardens need watering.

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    1. Brian if I could I'd send the rain south, although I like to think I'd give anything a go, that may be quite beyond my ability :) Great choice of song, Ella is a remarkable singer.

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  5. I've got a lovely bunch 0...zucchini. The raindrops make for lovely photos, though, don't they?

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    1. Raindrops do make for some lovely photos ricki. Providing it's not chucking it down!

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  6. Not only is it dreich, it's cold, I've given up on summer too Angie, is it too much to hope for a decent September, it can happen :)

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    1. You missed out August Rona - I'm off work the first two weeks and I'm hoping things improve. Especially the day I plan to come visit your new nursery.

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    2. Fingers crossed for a good August, lol, by time I get here to read blogs, my brain is half asleep, I hope you get good weather for your break and look forward to meeting you at the nursery when you visit :)

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  7. Sorry about your rainy summer. Your photos with raindrops are beautiful!

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    1. No need to be sorry Lee - the garden is thoroughly appreciating the wet, it's only me that's perturbed!

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  8. Mother Nature can be downright mean - it seems that one area or another is being abused by weather challenges this year. However, at the risk of being obnoxious, Southern California was ecstatic over last weekend's rain. We NEVER get summer rain and, as you know, we didn't even get much rain in winter. So to get rain in July, especially after what's now called the May miracle when we also got a little rain, was unbelievable - last weekend gave us the wettest July on record. My area received all of 0.65 (1.65 cm) of rain, which is probably a drop in the proverbial bucket by comparison to what's fallen in your area. (Our year-to-date total is just 9.27 inches or 23.5 cm.) Of course, if El Niño brings the rain forecasters are predicting this winter, we could be singing the blues in no time as such rain routinely leads to floods and mudslides here - as it is, the trivial rain we had last weekend, took out a bridge on a major highway. But, for now, we're singing "Happy Days are Here Again."

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    1. You long for the rain as much as we do the sun here in Scotland Kris :) I hope the forecasters get it only slightly wrong, as they often do. I'm off the thinking that they tend to forecast the worse in order to cover their asses should they fail to predict it!
      Tell me, do you run barefoot over the grass singing Happy Days when it does rain. I'm sure I would be.

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  9. Dreich...sorry about that! Well, perhaps you'll suddenly have some lovely weather that will stretch into autumn. I must say, the weather here in my part of the U.S. has been exceptional this summer. We were a bit cooler than normal in June, but that meant 24C to 28Cish, so it was very comfortable, even if it took some time for the summer flowers to really get going. The spring plants lasted longer. Now we're about to have some hot weather-->30C for several days, so that will change things up, but should help the veggies to grow fast! Your photos are gorgeous, as always!

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    1. We can live in hope of great weather late summer/autumn Beth. I mustn't grumble though as the wet summer of 2012 saw my garden under inches of water for weeks on end and this year it's been a real dawdle.
      You are in for some hot weather, hopefully you'll reap the benefit in your harvest.

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  10. Sorry I couldn't leave my comment earlier, blogger and iPad need to resolve the issue of leaving comments on blogspot, it is very frustrating. I have to admit I loved your wonderful, healthy looking lush foliage so very different to mine at present. I wish I could send you some of our sun and heat to stop your days being so Dreich! Thank you for joining in GBFD, I do hope you didn't get too wet taking the photographs.

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    1. I have issue with wordpress when I'm on my phone Christina, these devices can be temperamental can't they?
      Yes, quite different to yours and such a pity we can't swap of a wee while. I managed to stay dry as I popped in and out between the often heavy showers.

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  11. I just wonder how soon I'll start singing "Rain, rain, go away!" We've gotten a bit, which is normal for July/August, but last summer saw record-breaking rain here; and I'm not anxious to do that again as roads in our rural area all go under rapidly-flowing water to some extent. One is stranded in or out... All the same, your raindrop pictures are pretty enough! Especially impressed by the blue hosta; it looks like a stunner. I'm wishing you some sunshine for a bit - for what that's worth :)

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    1. You brought back memories there Amy. A song we often sung as children.
      Flooding causing major problems with the infrastructure is always an issue even here Amy but being stranded is not something I've experienced.....touch wood!

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  12. You have a lot of rain, I know. Dayly I look for the wether in Aberdeen. But we need rain, can you send it over?
    Your post is very good. I think, we will have rain in August, like in each year. Too much.
    When I see your blue hosta, I think, I need more space. Have a big blue one in the boarder and no space for it. Too much plants in a garden is not good.

    Sigrun

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    1. If only I could Sigrun - I'd be more than happy too :) There are some lovely small blue Hostas. H. Blue Cadet is a particularly nice one and quite small.

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  13. Your foliage looks so healthy all covered in raindrops. Ours are beginning to look stressed. Still we are promised rain tomorrow. Is this Summer very unusual up there or do you often skip Summer all together?

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  14. I thought that I had posted a comment but can;t have,

    My suggestion was" The sun aint gonna shine anymore" Then this afternoon was sunny after a dull start. We really need some good rain, Love that first photo by the way.

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  15. Lovely post, I would describe the weather here as "A Bit" a bit sunny, a bit ,wet a bit windy.... you get the idea,
    so I'm a bit fed up with it all...
    Amanda xx

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  16. Your foliage looks quite beautiful with the beaded raindrops. I am sorry you are having such a dreadful summer.

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  17. I keep thinking of 'in the shade' for my garden this grey summer ('Octopus' garden' ... Beatles). Thank you, Angie, for your kind comment on my Scottish mammal post! Yes, you do live in the most wonderful country, despite the dreich! But we had glorious blue skies over Arran and Gigha.

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  18. Dear Angie not having a summer (as you do) sucks, but having a very hot summer (as some states have here in the US) sucks as well. We have been to Austin, Texas last weekend and they were having 97 F / 36 C. Temperatures are supposed to rise even more as the summer goes on.
    What can I say, gardening is not for sissies ;-) and despite all the challenges, it is so much fun. I love all your lush foliage, especially the hostas, definitely something that the rain is helping with and that we don't have here.
    Hope that the weather is getting a little bit more summery where you live!
    Wishing you a nice rest of the weekend!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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  19. Hi Angie girl and thanks for stopping by trying to help me with my mystery plant .. I am sure it had to be mislabeled otherwise I would have a notion of some kind to know what it is .. so far I have a reasonable guess from another blogging friend which could fit the bill but shocking .. a hybrid to Purple Loosestrife ( hopefully sterile if the flowers are pink other wise I will have to bin it because it is too aggressive a plant and taking up too much of our water ways ...
    Sorry about your weather ... I know it can be depressing to have such gray sky time .. make sure to take extra Vit D !! it will help ... ironically I am hoping for a good soaking rain here so I don't have to drag out the hose !
    Take care
    Joy from Canada Land : )

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  20. Rainy spring and now a hot dry summer....it never seems perfect but too much rain and cooler temps do not make a garden happy for long....hoping your weather picks up for you.

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  21. Hi Angie, it is all my fault, a couple of years ago after two disastrous years of bad weather I said I would never do bedding plants in baskets and containers again, this year I have!!!!!

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  22. I had grandchildren staying until Friday night and missed several blogposts, also yours. A clever post, your summer is worse than ours. Nothing is more changeable than the weather, yesterday it was dreadful, today bright and sunshine. Fortunately no damage in the garden yesterday. You have a lot of rain but that also means that the garden remains lush and green.
    Wish you a good gardening week with lots of sunshine!
    Janneke

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  23. The photo with the Dicentra leaves and the raindrops is wonderful - great shot. We only finally got a bit of rain in Sheffield today, which I'm grateful for, and therefore cannot think of any rainy songs per se. More like "four seasons in one day".

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  24. Ciao Angie! Mi da un sollievo enorme vedere l'acqua sulle piante! Vedo una vigoria che qui a causa del secco manca!

    Mi è piaciuta molto l'impostazione del tuo post :)

    Un saluto!

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  25. Hi Angie! It looks like you got our share of rains too! We haven't had a rain for two months.
    Your pictures are great, anyway.

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  26. Hi Angie! It looks like you got our share of rains too! We haven't had a rain for two months.
    Your pictures are great, anyway.

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  27. Angie, Dreich or not Carole King, fantastic, takes me back to 1962 and yes it was (a very good year when I was seventeen)
    Ah well, I better not get going with my reminiscing stuff. I must say this past week or so has been gie dreich ootside as well. The English just dont have the expressive stuff like us. Hope August is better in Edinburgh..

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  28. Despite the dreary rain, those are some beautiful views and pictures you were able to capture!

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