Before Summer, And After…


Friday 14 March, 2014 by Uncle Spike

We don’t have the deep snow in winter that some of you guys see – in fact we’ve never seen snow here. I think there was 7 flakes on the ground in the mid 70’s which freaked the locals somewhat, but apart from perhaps some hailstones and the odd frost, we don’t do winter.

It’s full-on springtime right now, and what a treat it is; everything is green, everything growing like mad. Weeds are reassigned as wild flowers – less depressing that way. I mean, just look at this carpet-like area…




But then we have summer; those five months when there is not a drop of the wet stuff in sight, or vary very rarely we’ll get a brief storm. Mostly though, everything dries up, goes brown, and the earth becomes as hard as rock. There are plenty of advantages to a long hot summer, but gardening in temperatures of over 44C (111F) day in, day out is mostly just watering and trying to keep stuff alive.

Now you’ve seen that green and white ‘carpet’ image above – well this is the same place in late summer a couple of years back.




12 thoughts on “Before Summer, And After…

  1. So similar to what you get here in the Central California foothills. I like the green slide better!


  2. Gill McGrath says:

    My favourite a field of daisies,Looks really lovely ! Lots of bouquets there! The three daisies in my grass are not quite in the same league, not even a daisy chain yet! .


  3. love that first picture! can’t wait to get back to british spring in april – it’s 40C+ in Panama city right now and I can’t say I like it:)


  4. sued51 says:

    There’s always and upside and a downside…thanks for sharing that with we folks sick of winter…


  5. fredrieka says:

    gee I think I will talk the Michigan weather after all


  6. tinapumfrey says:

    Wow! What a transformation! I agree that flowering weeds should be called wildflowers. We have day lilies in abundance around here, along the roadsides. I can hardly wait to see them again–we are still buried in snow, even though it’s mid-March.


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