Since last Tuesday the weather has been a joy. There were thunderstorms and some rain on Wednesday and Friday but the temperatures have been pleasant – warm but not too hot. We’ve appreciated lots of delicious meals outside and it has also been nice to sit and read under the Wisteria.
To give a rounded view of The Slope I intend taking photographs at different times of day. Today they were taken at 9 am. The sun is already strong, the Quercus ilex throwing dark shadows. There are four large shrubs of this local evergreen oak planted at the top of the slope dividing the slope from the slope path, I chose them to protect the garden from the hot summer wind that comes from the direction of the sea, some 50 km away.
The Californian poppies (Eschscholzia californica) are mostly finished now; the bare patches are where I have cut them back to the ground (most will return with the first rains of September); although I missed the critical moment when the most of the seedpods were mature but hadn’t burst open, meaning that there is a lot of seed ready to germinate! I did manage to find some unopened seed pods to give to friends.
What does your garden look like today? Is the temperature pleasant or already too hot or too cold if you’re in the southern hemisphere?