Good Morning


This morning is a dull morning and when I look at my buddleia I realise how dull it can get. It is still August and not really Autumn yet, although we humans tend to look ahead at things that will be. My buddleia had wonderful pink flowers throughout June and July and now they are no more. There are a few pink tips left and I should now pull myself together and begin to cut away the finished blossoms. We have had a share of hot summer days and it did not seem to want to end, but yesterday it rained. It was not torrential in our area, although in Zürich many flights at the airport were postposed, even cancelled, because of high winds and water on the runways. We just had water in the garden which was not too bad. The disadvantage was that I was home bound and had no opportunity to go anywhere. The advantage was that at last our garden got the dose of water it badly needed and so did the surrounding farms.


My hostas went to seed some time ago and I am left with the stalks containing the seeds and yellowing leaves. Some stalks of my rocket lugularia also decided to get into the photo, only bearing the seedy remainders. It really looks like that Autumn is just around the corner.

Sweet pea

But my sweet pea are throwing up a revival with new flowers. They finished with the first arrival a month ago, but have decided to flower again, so we have a bit of colour in the garden.

Today is Saturday and I just said goodbye to No. 1 son who has again decided to make a trip to Zürich. At least in Zürich there is something going on as an international town with its expensive shops on the golden mile of the Bahnhofstrasse, although my son does not bother so much with them. He goes more to the insider places where prices are affordable, although lunch is always eaten on the Bahnhofstrasse in the MacDonalds which everyone can afford.

Mr. Swiss has a few odds and ends to get in town and I will be busy doing my usual Saturday thing which is just a tidy up with the vacuum cleaner and mop and cooking lunch. Our lunches are no longer such a big thing as golden oldies do not seem to eat as much as they used to. I am hoping that we are spared of rain this afternoon and I can go places and see things with my camera.

Rudbeckia Laciniata

One bright point in my garden is my rudbeckia laciniata, the big sister of the normal black-eyed susan rudbeckia. They are the last to flower mid August and remain for a couple of weeks. Otherwise temperatures are now moderate and no longe such a stifling heat thank goodness.

I am now going to tend to my normal daily life, without computer. I suppose in the days before computer, Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway etc. would be sitting in their respective gardens with a note book in the hand and write down their thoughts. I do not think I would have become a writer if that was the case. I cannot even read my own handwriting sometimes.

And now I am going, so have a good day, enjoy the Saturday and all its trimmings, no stress, unless you want to. One of the pleasures of a golden oldie: do what you want to and not what you have to.

Rudbeckia Laciniata

16 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I love Rudbeckias. They are amongst my favourite summer blooms.
    We still had no rain at all. The one time it rained was during last week, ONCE, when I was in UK where the sun was shining on that day…. Still watering my garden for well over an hour every two days. And still, it looks like the Serengeti desert, all brown, dry, crushing under the feet.
    Autumn in summer….
    My anemones could be saved so far. They are nearly the only flowers, plus some roses, and the potted blooms to survive. It’s interesting, we always had unusually hot summers in my area but now it’s getting a real pain in the neck. It also gives an idea of seasons to come….. it will never ever be the same as it used to be – a scary thought¨!
    Have a good weekend/Sunday

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    • I also like rudbeckia, although they have also suffered a little from the drought. The flowers are much smaller this year and I have only one surviving clump and one flower from another bed. My giant version, the laciniata are growing nice and tall. It has been a bad summer for the garden this year and we have now decided to do away with our remaining lawn and have it replaced with something in stone. We already have it on the front side and will now have it on the back garden. There is plenty of green surrounding us on our estate with wild meadows but our lawn is doomed not to survive. If the sun doesn’t get it from the top, the June bug babies will chew away the roots from the bottom. Things don’t look so good for the future.

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      • They sure don’t. But it saddens me that more and more ppl with garden patches (Gartensitzplatz) won’t even care for their little patch of green and flowers. I know it’s connected to work, it costs money but we are getting covered up in Beton, stone and tar. The bugs have been especially bad this year, that’s true too but they are all signs of our continuing non-conformance to nature’s laws and it will get worse.
        I have just told my mom on the phone that my ‘normal pride’ and joy, the anemones, are so kind to adapt to those difficult times that their leaves are only about one third of their normal size and instead of lush large blooms their petals are tiny and sit on long, tired, naked stems. A sad picture, really.

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          • Yes, Pat, I see that and believe me, I understand. Makes me sad anyway….. And I feel my age too, it all takes longer, I tire quickly, I had to wait until 20h30 to wash the floors of my house because the heat just wouldn’t allow me to do it earlier….. Don’t feel bad about it, please. I absolutely want a rental flat with a garden place however when we return to Switzerland…. I think I couldn’t be without.


  2. beauthiful images. I had to look up buddlea images – gorgeous color – always Google seems to deliver haha. I understand about the late summer taking a toll on what only a little while ago was such color. I have always the perennial Tecoma stans, bushes that seem to thrive in heat. They develop pods after the blooms are done so I am periodically trimming severely. Thank you for visitng my blog earlier. Be well

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    • Some call Buddelei butterfly bushes as they attract them. That is why I like to have one or two in the garden.. I like perennial plants as you can just leave them to do their own thing and they return every year.

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    • Hostas are a thankful plant in the garden. I have different varieties. Mine finished flowering some time ago. This year they grew well as it was not such slug friendly weather


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