Again I’m late! Yesterday, Thursday it rained from 8.30 in the morning through until 5 in the afternoon; and not just rain, but thunder rattled around for most of that time by which time I had other commitments and couldn’t get outside to take any photographs, today I went outside at about 9 to take these images; amazingly the sun was shining and the day became positively hot (about 24°C). The day of rain was a surprise as the weather had been exceptional; warm, sunny, and no wind since last Thursday.
Today we began harvesting the olives, T-shirts were the order of the day and I really needed sun block as well as sunglasses!
Another difficulty in getting the post up today was the fact that we had no electricity from about 9.15 am until about 1pm, NO electricity means NO internet, NO lights and because we have a deep well that requires 2 pumps one to bring the water up and another to pump it around the house, there was NO water either. Lucky then that we didn’t need water for the harvest and the trays the olives are put into ready to go to the mill had already been washed. when we phoned to enquire why there was no power we were told that ‘work’ was being done and it would probably be finished by 2.30. This is an unlikely time as any Italian workman will be home having lunch at that time so it would either be back on by 1, in time for him (them) to go home or we would have to hope he (they) would return after lunch.
Californian poppies seedlings, Eschscholzia californica, have grown noticeably since last week, and are forming a thick mat over the soil. I think I will have to pull some out or they will be too congested to produce healthy plants. Perhaps I can interest some friends to come and take some for their own gardens.
Tulbaghia violacea is the star of the slope in more ways than one.
What’s the weather doing in your part of the world? Is it typical for the season? Is there a plant that is suddenly doing well in your garden like the Tulbaghia in mine?