Despite the fact that it’s mid-summer here, the mountain weather can be very changeable and after having had a very warm October and November, the last few weeks have seen the temperature return to more normal conditions.
That means nights about 12°C/53°F & days about 22°C/71°F, as well as misty, showery days that struggle to get above even 10-12°C thrown in for good measure.
I think that this has confused some of the plants. For instance, I had planted small Helleborus divisions around the garden last Autumn.
Now, in the middle of summer, is the first time one of them has flowered, and it has been blooming for over two weeks (click for larger images):
Given how many more buds are waiting to open, I guess I won’t see too many blooms from this plant come winter time, but it is nice to see a Helleborus in flower with such fresh, green leaves!
In the shaded areas of the garden, things can be really slow to take off. I put these little impatiens seedlings in around late October, and still, almost nothing. Here they are with the Fuchsias in late November, showing a few flowers, but almost no growth (click for larger images):
I’m amazed that they have remained this tiny without the slugs and snails finishing them off. Here they are in January:
As well as winter flowers,I also have the first few autumn leaves:
But as well enjoying a respite from hot days, there are some benefits!
The Chilliwack Raspberries have ripened early (I’ve already picked and eaten quite a few), but its leaves too, have started to put on an autumn show!
It goes to show that you don’t need frost for half-decent autumn colour. The coolest night we have had these past few weeks is 6°C/43°F (with most above 10°C/50°F).
I always find it fascinating to see which plants rely mostly on temperature changes, rather than both light and temperature, as their on/off switch…the weather will of course warm soon, so any effects are quite temporary.
Happy Gardening 🙂