The weather remains changeable! I don’t think I’ve ever written that during a summer in Italy. Yesterday and today are hot but there is a breeze and in the evening the temperature drops so that it isn’t always possible to eat outside. The whole garden is more lush and jungle-like than I have ever seen it.
On the slope this morning at 10.30 there is bright sun and deep shadows, hence my title of Chiaro/Scuro. Eschscholzia californica are flowering again, the rain having helped germinate seeds and tempting into re-growth the older plants that were cut back.
I have already dried lots of fennel flowers so I want to leave the rest to make seed (to collect and cook with), I’ll need to be careful that none falls and is able to germinate otherwise all I’ll have is a forest of fennel next year.
I love the strong verticals created by the Verbascum.
The Perovskia is proving that even drought tolerant plants look better with some rain! It is bluer than I’ve ever seen it before. Do you have plants that perform better when the conditions aren’t actually those that the plant is supposed to prefer?
How is summer treating your garden; I was told this morning that the changeable weather will last through August with September being hot; I’m not sure I believe it but if true it will produce some interesting results as however hot the days are, there will still be cooler longer nights creating some dew so growth may continue well in autumn. Is summer typical for you this year?