This will be the last “The Slope on Tuesday”, because I have decided to join Ramblingwoods Nature meme which is on Tuesdays too. I will now post about the slope on Thursdays (I don’t think it important which day it is but I am determined to continue as I’m finding it really does focus my mind to what is happening each week. I will include the weather happenings for the week in the Nature Notes as for me that seems to fit. While on the subject of memes, there is to be a new one hosted by Xericstyle on the first of the month showing a long view of one part of the garden; OK so this may end up looking the same for many weeks but I think it will also be fun and informative to see the ‘overview’ rather than just select areas; so a warts and all kind of post I imagine. I’m not sure which view I’ll choose but maybe a wide view from the upstairs window which will certainly illustrate the ebb and flow of flowering and foliage interest around the garden.
As I write we’re just had an hour of quite heavy rain with thunder rumbling in the distance. This won’t actually get posted until the storm ends as too many friends have lost their modems not to mention damaged pumps, electric gates, and burnt out computers for me to risk having these plugged in while a storm is happening. As this is the stormy season I usually unplug everything when I go out and at night (just in case).
BTW there are two green leaves on the Weigela, is that enough for it to survive; it looked very similar last year so maybe it is.
You can probably see that I went a bit crazy and cut down all the Stipa tenuissima; I just couldn’t stand the brown sunburnt look and more. Some of the brown you can see is also the Californian poppies that haven’t been cut back yet, but they will be soon. Usually I comb all the golden grass out hopefully leaving some green and with the prospect of more green to come with the autumn rain. I hope I won’t regret my actions but it does mean I can see where to plant bulbs, plants or sow seeds!
Do you ever do crazy things in your garden?
This is found growing everywhere around on the road verges and actually I don’t think I could eradicate it even if I truly wanted to. The roots are thick and hold water so that even if some days it looks very sorry for itself, it doesn’t actually die, even without irrigation. I don’t know its scientific name, any ideas?
Now it is cloudy but with some blue sky and sunshine. This weather is more usual for after Santa Rosa (Viterbo’s saint’s day on the 4th September but this year I’m happy that the rain has come early.
Is the weather showing signs that autumn is approaching fast with you?