Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day – Evergreen August

Welcome to Garden Blogger’s Foliage Day (GBFD) for August 2017.  My apologies for being absent last month.  Part of my reason for not blogging during all of July was that it was so hot I hardly spent any time outside at all unless it was by the sea or at the lake!  It was only enjoyable to have breakfast outside, lunch and dinner were eaten in the relative coolness of inside the house.  Those of you imagining me sitting on the terrace under the covering of the wisteria were I’m afraid dreaming of some other place.  With some days reaching the dizzy heights of 42°C (104°F) it was unbearable for me to be sitting even in the shade. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Pink extravaganza

I’m pleased to report that there has been rain!  The garden is relieved and I am beginning to be able to think again as the temperatures dropped over the weekend by 10°C.  It is back to hot during the day but now at least early mornings, evenings and at night are positively fresh.  Tomorrow is Ferragosto, the Italian ‘unofficial’ end of summer!  Now onto the flowers. Continue reading

Tuesday View 1st August 2017

Opening the door to go into the garden, at the moment, feels very much like when you open the door of the oven when you’re baking bread!!! very hot indeed.  Our forecast tells me that this week we have cyclones arriving from Africa and that temperatures in my part of Italy will most likely be in the range of 41-43°C.  This is hotter than I have ever known since we arrived in late August 2003 (which had itself been a record breaking year for high temperatures.  For this reason I should have photographed my view early this morning; instead I ventured out at 5 pm.  Where my toes touched the gravel through my sandals they felt as if they were being burnt.   Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – a colourful return

After deciding not to blog, read posts or comments during the month of July, I am back today to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for the popular In a vase on Monday meme.  Thank you to those of you who emailed to check if I was alright; your kind thoughts were much appreciated.  I am back now in My Hesperides Garden although I have to admit that with the very high temperatures the garden is not giving me very much pleasure at the moment.  If it were not for the cut flower beds I think I would just want to go away until September and (hopefully) the autumn rains. Continue reading