If you click on the above you should be able to see a slideshow of all the flowers in the garden today.
Here in Italy it is a holiday today. The Ascension of the Virgin, is the religious element but really it is a bit like August Bank Holiday in the UK; the last holiday of the summer. Actually most Italians are away on holiday this week, many shops, factories, and offices are closed so the cities are empty.
Yesterday was so windy I didn’t think there would be anything left in the ground to photograph. It was a hot drying wind from North Africa. Strong enough to lift a table and several chairs into the air and move them quite a distance.
August is when all true Mediterranean plants hibernate. The garden looks parched, even the leaves of the bay hedge hang stiffly as if all moisture has been taken from them and they are ready to dry and put in a jar ready to use in a winter casserole!
Anything that actually flowers in August has great value.
One of the things that is looking very beautiful are the hips of Rosa rubrifolia; a sign of autumn rather than high summer, but they are looking lovely; it is strange as I don’t actually remember there being as many flowers as there are hips. Another sign that the end of summer is arriving is that the sedums are beginning to flower.
This is the Datura I mentioned in another post. It is now about 2.5 metres by 3 metres; the flowers open at dusk, though the bees can’t wait to get into the strongly scented flowers so they make small holes to get to the nectar. As soon as the sun touches the flowers the following day they close again and die, though they do make interesting seed-heads. The other evening there were about 50 flowers open and the hum of the bees even in the dark was astonishing. It is an herbaceous Datura that completed dies back during winter.
The wind knocked down at least half of the sweetcorn plants, I don’t know if I’ll be able to rescue any of them by staking them. I will certainly harvest the cobs from those that have fallen and hope to be able to use them in the next few days.