The weather is now very hot; high 30’s C during the day; last weekend it was close to 40°C in the shade! Despite all the rain and the water that must be stored deep in the ground the garden is shrivelling before my eyes.
Californian poppies are flowering from new seedlings, the older plants are dry and need cutting to the ground; they will flower again in autumn.
One crop grows on the slope! The fennel I showed with the Perovskia a couple of weeks ago is there for a purpose. I collect and dry the flowers to add to roast potatoes, sausage risotto or dishes with Porcini (wild mushrooms). I dry the cut flower heads on trays in an airy spot and then rub the dry flowers through a sieve and then into a jar. You can buy them ready done in the local vegetable shops; but as they are very labour intensive to prepare they are very expensive (about €100 per kg). As there is a good crop this year I may prepare some in some pretty jars to give as little Christmas presents, it is always a much appreciated gift.
What is the weather doing in your part of the world? Are you having rain or thunder storms, hail or wind or is it pleasantly warm or even too hot to bear.