July 17, 2010

Gentle Bloom.

Ever since the beginning of this beautiful month of July, we have experienced heatwave after heatwave, with warm, sunny skies. Plenty of sunshine, record breaking temperatures and very little rain.
Even though I rejoice in this kind of weather, the nature around seems to appear somewhat tired, in lack of a better word. It lacks that youthful freshness and bounce, that I am so accustomed to see.
This is reflected all around me, even in my own garden. I feel my plants are somewhat gentle this summer, in respect to bloom.

Thus may patio displays multitude of green this season, but the flowering is sparse. It is lush and inviting, but the bloom is absent. Even my Jasmine and Honeysuckle that were bursting with abundant flowers just a year ago display only a flower here and there.
While I wait for the indigo blue of my Jackmanii clematis, which is covered with imminent buds, I decided to share with you that subtle and gentle bloom that adores my garden right now. This includes, among others, the beauty of Lavender, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Niobe clematis, Roses and Tomatoes.

I manged to capture one delightful image of a busy bumblebee, enjoying the nectar of my yellow tomato bloom. I have noticed - with great sadness - the incredible absence of both bumblebees and bees this year. I miss their melodic buzzing that at all times brings joy to my heart and soul. I am unaware of the reason to their small numbers, but I guess (and hope) this is due to the prolonged and strong winter that proceeded our summer season...

Despite the lack of insect life and bloom in my garden so far, I take consolation in the fact that the timid alpha cat of the neighbourhood, a.k.a Tiger, finds great solace on my patio. I have found him sound asleep underneath my spriraea bushes on many occasions. Taking naps in the afternoons, he seems to enjoy our hot summer just as much as I do.


35 comments:

Julie Hibbard said...

What a beautiful way to start the day--your photos are always so beautiful--and today's are exceptional! Enjoy the weekend, my friend...stay cool!

Brian Miller said...

so much beauty in your words and pics zuzana...it has been beastly hot and the humidity is already up here today...would not mind naping if i did not have to work...smiles.

Kath said...

Oh he looks very peaceful!
I love your new photo, showing your beautiful hair in all it's glory.
Thankyou for your comment over at my BLog, I was wondering the same thing- any suggestions? :D

sujata said...

You are such a nature lover! A visit to your blog is always full of imagery of your lovely garden and the passing of seasons.

Rajesh said...

Yes, summer makes one very tired. Luckily Bangalore is bit cooled off because of rains. The collection of flowers are beautiful.

Zuzu said...

Gorgeous mosaic! I too have seen fewer blooms this year, but it is simply because the bunnies and deer think they taste great.
Have a wonderful day, Zuzana!

Tony Single said...

Oh wow! Tiger is simply gorgeous! Have you ever noticed how cats always seem to find the best places to sleep? They really do! :)

Snappy Di said...

We had an uncountable number of bees doing the pollination this spring but this summer has been another story. I rarely see a bee... one here and there on our coneflowers, but not nearly as abundant as last year.

I dislike summertime. The humidity is very hard on me and keeps me indoors except for the very early morning hours. Just time for an early morning walk and by 8AM the heat is unbearable. I await autumn with it's cool breezes and colors that make me swoon.

Di

Mood, call me Mahmood said...

A good shot of the bumble bee.Thanks for droppin' by at my new place.Take care and have a nice weekend.

Susan Deborah said...

Zuzana, many people I know have been saying this about the bees and flowers: the lack of it. Maybe it is all due to the process of global warming and it's very sad. Today I was also reading in the papers how Moscow felt the highest of temp this summer. It was so bad that the roads started melting, I read.

Zuzana, just hope that everything becomes alright gradually.

Hope your weekend is splendid and lovely.

I like seeing the little fellow taking a wee nap. Sweet!

Joy and peace,
Susan

Sumandebray said...

Enjoy the good weather while you still ahve it...
It is amazing how the same Sun roats us every day

Queenmothermamaw said...

Miz.Z. I have to agree with the word 'tired' for the garden at my house too. The ones I can get to to water everyday are okay, but the bushes and perennials are somewhat droopy. Enjoyed your previous post about relaxing after a work day. I don't work any more but I have the sit back and glass of sparkly. Blessings
QMM

steviewren said...

I can just picture you out on your patio soaring in all that heat and the sun. Enjoy!

I've noticed that I haven't seen hardly any lightning bugs this summer and that fact makes me sad. There is something about them that is magical...so a little magic is missing without them.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I have been remiss. I visit your site for the beauty, but let the injury to my right eye and right middle finger stop me from commenting.

Your photographs and prose are lovely. Thanks for the effort and talent you display on your lovely blog, Roland

sprinkles said...

I hadn't really noticed but now that you mention it, I've haven't seen as many bees this summer either. I tend to avoid them as I'm allergic to bee stings. They seem to instinctively know this ad follow me around whenever I'm outside.

I got a new follower today and in checking her profile, discovered that she has a blog all about honeybees!

http://etsyhoneybeehelpers.blogspot.com/

It hasn't been updated since this past December but it made for some interesting reading, I thought.

Claus said...

I tried to grow tomatoes this year. Everything was going perfect until that darn volcano decided to erupt >:-( and it ruined my tomato pot. It was starting to bloom, which was more upset. Yours, on the other hand, are beautiful, just as the other plants. I understand how they seem "thristy" with the lack of rain. Our summer here in Guatemala never brings rain, and it's dry and very hot, making nature go tired. That's why the beginning of the rainy season (when a volcano does not decide to erupt that is! :-D ) makes everything bloom nicely, as if nature needed a drink of fresh water. I guess I'll try my "tomato experiment" next summer :-)
I love Tiger's picture! Does Batcat get jelaous? Do they get along? I don't have cats - never had - so I was wondering.
Have a great weekend!

Michael Manning said...

Zuzana: I see your point, very heartfelt. Seems that nature is holding back a bit. But I loved seeing Tiger enjoying a Siesta! lol! :)

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Love the gentle blooms - the color is beautiful anyway! So sad about the lack of bees--I also love their hummm--I have to wonder about the birds--do you have many birds in your garden and how did they fare the artic winter? Have a wonderful weekend! V.

Helen McGinn said...

We've had flowers appear in our garden which were never there before; we think they lay dormant until all the rain in May, all the sunshine in June and all the rain in July hit the spot nicely and out they bloomed! It's still quite dull here, interspersed with the odd bit of sunniness. I'm taking these kids to the park today come rain, drizzle or dreichtness. ;O) Gorgeous photos; can I curl up in that spot too?

Blogaire said...

Your garden is just beautiful Zuzana! It takes a lot of hard work to achieve this but you obviously have "green fingers".
I wonder do cats appreciate nice gardens? Tiger certainly seems to feel at home in yours.
Have a great rest of the weekend Zu.xx

Eternally Distracted said...

The bumblebee shot is gorgeous. I always think they look so cute and furry!!

tony said...

Zuzana.Nature Is Relaxing and Enjoying Itself!

SandyCarlson said...

Just so beautiful my friend. Your flowers, your summer, your words fill me summery feelings.

GrandmaK said...

You always offer such beautiful post that offer a proof that life is tranquil and restful in the simplest of environments. There is such glorious color here! Quiet! Thank you! Cathy

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Smart cat. Beauty, shade, and serenity make for the perfect napping spot. I am always nonplussed by the effect that seasonal extremes have on my emotions and imaginings.

(Scribe816) said...

The climate is definitely changing. It's getting hotter all over the world. Anyone who denies Global Warming exists has their head in the sand.
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I’ve been following stories of how bee hives are becoming abandoned. These are not good signs.
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I like your description that nature seems tired. We may be wearing her out.
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On the positive side you do have a knack for capturing the vibrant colors that summer has to offer.

Betsy said...

It's just too hot to bloom! LOL! You did get a great shot of that bee! And it looks like you'll have tomatoes soon, too! :)

Rustique Gal said...

Zuzana, my garden seems to suffer like yours. My Wave Petunias are shrinking and puny, my pansies are already leggy and going to seed. Even the hydrangea that I bought this year looks pretty rough. But today I saw my first sweet pea blossom and there are now 3 tomatoes coming along...time for some rain here-too hot!
I'm hoping we will change and grow and that is just a bit of an off year!
I'm changing and growing too-having a bit of an off year too. But making the best of it! Enjoy yourself! Sherry

Alesa Warcan said...

Beautiful blooms, blissfully napping cats, blushing tomatoes, and busy bumblebees... oh my!

Hilary said...

I love seeing summer through your eyes. You enjoy each and every aspect of it.. even when it holds back on you a bit.

Zuzana said...

Julie, Brian, Kath, sujata, Rajesh, Zuzu, Tony, Di, Mahmood, Susan, Sumandebray, QMM, Stevie, Roland, sprinkles, Claudia, Michael, V, Helen, Blogaire, Eternally…, tony, Sandy, Cathy, Richard, Scribe, Betsy, Sherry, Alesa and Hilary – I enjoyed reading your kind words and your own opinions and suggestions concerning the void of certain plant and insect life.;) It is somewhat distressing that we notice changes in our climate during our own lifetime.

As always, you kind visits and complimenting comments are greatly appreciated, thank you all.

Xoxo,
Zuzana

Regina said...

Such a cute nap. And delightful captures Suzanna.

We only have two season around here. It's wet season and we badly need rain.

Donna said...

Beautiful photos, Zuzana, especially the one of the bumblebee. I love that the neighborhood cat found a happy spot in your garden.

Hugs,
Donna

Christine said...

The cat looks so cozy. Any garden can be enjoyed.

Mimi said...

Glad you're having good weather, it's not bad here either, well, not bad for Ireland!

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