Despite the strange weather this summer the pond plants carry on unperturbed. Waterlilies, water mint (note the red dragonfly), water plantain and Pontederia in the shallows plus grasses around the edge all watch on as people swim.
This blog is all about how to cope with gardening in continental climate. All the books and TV programmes talk about 'Mediterranean gardening' but few places actually have a classic Med climate - hot dry summers, cool wet winters. My garden is 450m above sea level and temperatures reach over 40 degrees C in summer but drop down to -8 degrees C at times in winter. How to cope with about 50 degrees temperature range? It requires a whole different approach and I cannot find any books that really help, especially regarding cultivation of vegetable & fruit.