Until this past Monday, 10th June, the weather here in central Lazio as not been its usual sunny and warm self. Then as the forecasters promised Tuesday the temperature has noticeably risen; the air feels warmer and the afternoon wind from the sea began to blow. Actually just a few moments ago when I was taking photographs there was a mini-whirlwind; I looked around and thought the sky was full of strange birds but instead it was hay that had just been cut from the field behind the house, moments later it passed through the garden lifting dropped petals high into the air, sorry I didn’t manage to get a clear image.
It is true that May can be unpredictable but there are usually more warm days than not and cloudy days are rare; not this year; cool evenings and mornings and cloudy overcast days have lasted well into June. There were some clouds in the sky on most days even on those when there was no rain. The garden is so different than any other year. The amount of rain has been good from the point of view that last year’s drought was the second worst since records began and so the soil started from zero moisture last September. All the plants have loved it. Hedges have put on more growth this spring than any other three years combined.
I don’t think there is a piece of bare soil anywhere in the garden now, all is lush and green voluptuous even!
Again this month there are a lot of images to share with you what’s flowering for June’s bloomday. Visit Carol at May dreams garden to see what’s flowering in gardens around the world.
The roses are no longer at their best but there are still giving a lot of colour from a distance, close to many are windblown or half eaten by a nasty flying insect that has unfortunately rather taken hold in the garden during my absence for 10 days earlier this month.
There’s quite a lot of yellow in the garden at this time of year.
I removed most of the flowers but I missed these, I don’t mind a few but too many is too strong for me, plus the plants split open when they flower and look ugly.
This is the first time since three years ago that Eramurus has flowered it obviously needs the spring rain.
Achillea of various colours are beginning to come into flower now, a sure sign summer is here.
Plus here’s few other views I’m enjoying at the moment.
This is a pleasant surprise, another stem of Iris Rustic Jewel.