The Slope on Thursday – Blue and Orange again but different

At last it really does feel like spring weather has arrived.  For the first time this year I have actively sought out a shady spot when I’ve been in the garden because the sun is so hot.  The images for this post were taken on Wednesday late afternoon, at about 5.45 and just look how bright it is! Continue reading

The Slope on Thursday on a bright sunny day

The wind dropped today and instead of an icy wind this afternoon was positively hot, I may even have sunburn!  This afternoon I planted the Dahlias in between the rows of Narcissi; I watered them well and will now avidly await their shoots showing above ground.

The bright light has bleached the colours in the images which were taken at about 5pm this afternoon.

The usual view

The usual view

The thyme growing next to the prostrate rosemary is beginning to flower

The thyme growing next to the prostrate rosemary is beginning to flower

At the top of the slope Teucrium is still flowering

At the top of the slope Teucrium is still flowering

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More Eschscholzia are brightening the scene too, they love the bright sun

More Eschscholzia are brightening the scene too, they love the bright sun

The wild Irises are in bud, I'm sure by next week they will flower adding their strong vertical lines to the form of the slope

The wild Irises are in bud, I’m sure by next week they will flower adding their strong vertical lines to the form of the slope

The Photinia hedge is now bright red with its new foliage

The Photinia hedge is now bright red with its new foliage

By the gate Euphorbia myrsinites is bright with yellow flowers which contrast with the still blue rosemary

By the gate Euphorbia myrsinites is bright with yellow flowers which contrast with the still blue rosemary

What time do you usually photograph your garden?  Early morning and very late afternoon are considered the best times but maybe you want the bright light of the middle of the day.  Do you consciously try to capture different lights?

The Greenhouse in early April

Amazingly the temperature in the greenhouse fell to 2.5°C on Monday night and just 1°C last night!  This is an unheard of low in April.  I removed the heater last week and put it away; I even turned off all the heated propagating trays – MISTAKE!

During the days the north wind is blowing and it is freezing to be outside; The Tramontana is a wind that cuts through you and I am tired of hearing it; in the greenhouse the temperature rises because the sun is strong; according to the forecast on my phone temperatures aren’t due to rise above 20°C for at least the next couple of weeks, I hope they are wrong. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Happy Easter Monday

Easter weather has been very mixed here in central Italy with Friday being quite sunny and pleasant, Saturday and Sunday cold, windy and wet and Monday is forecast to be sunny but with very strong winds; so not really ideal for enjoying the garden.

Ami majus inject lightness into the arrangement

Ami majus inject lightness into the arrangement

Both my vases today were actually prepared for a dinner party on Friday evening but are still looking lovely; in fact by Saturday the tulips were actually standing up better than they are in my images taken on Friday. Continue reading