The Slope on Thursday 7th November

The weather has been more mixed this week with days of rain, some thunder storms alternating with warm days; ideal growing conditions.  Everything is, if possible, even more lush than last week; there are new blooms to surprise me and new foliage growth all around the garden.

I took the images last evening as the sun was going down; the light had been especially beautiful all day; light is such an important element in the garden.  I love the way the light changes throughout the day and even more through the year.

The usual view and yes there are just a few blooms left on the Perovskia!

The usual view and yes there are just a few blooms left on the Perovskia!

Stepping back to the other side of the drive the evening sun is lighting the top of the slope

Stepping back to the other side of the drive the evening sun is lighting the top of the slope

I love the effect of the different forms and heights in this view

The low light changes all the colours and creates an entirely different atmosphere

The low light changes all the colours and creates an entirely different atmosphere

The ground is covered now, I’ve been pulling out Eschscholzia californica seedlings whenever I pass to reduce their numbers a little, you’d hardly notice they are so thick

The ground is covered now, I’ve been pulling out Eschscholzia californica seedlings whenever I pass to reduce their numbers a little, you’d hardly notice they are so thick

I pulled out handfuls of the Eschscholzia seedlings around some smaller plants for example Phlomis and a Cistus I grew as a cutting.  I definitely want to plant lots more Cistus on the slope; I love the changes brought about by the annuals and perennials but to make this part of the garden lower maintenance, it needs more drought tolerant shrubs.

Cistus

Cistus

Phlomis

Phlomis in a sea of Eschscholzia

The red blooms of the salvia are illuminated by the last rays of the sun and positively glow

The red blooms of the salvia are illuminated by the last rays of the sun and positively glow

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White and silver reflect the evening light changing the view

White and silver reflect the evening light changing the view

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35 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday 7th November

  1. Seems you’re having ideal conditions. Your garden does look especially lush this week. I like the use of white and silver to catch the light and to contrast with other plants.

  2. Hi Christina, the weather is similar here, and most of the leaves still on the trees. Not lush, but a gentle slow autumn feel and the soil is still very workable. Do you get frosts where you are?

    • Hi Julie, yes we do have frosts but usually not until December at the earliest. January and February are our cold months when it can snow and the temperatures can go doen to minus 10 – 12 °C.

  3. the slope has filled out since I last saw it a month or more ago, that’s a lot of seedlings! the change from the golden light of the sun to the blue light of the moon/evening, does have an interesting effect on the garden,. white and silver make nice compliments, I can see why you want more shrubs, perennials and annuals can/do mean work, Frances

  4. Wonderful light studies. The Perovskia remains stunning even as the flowers fade, the way it catches the light and filters it. This has become my must-have plant for next year.

  5. I love that last photo Christina. The light at different times of day really does change the whole atmosphere! I have lots of red valerian seedlings everywhere, but the winter will probably finish off half of them, so I’m done with weeding for this year. Glad those Californian poppies are spreading. They do look gorgeous in the spring/summer.

  6. You certainly do have a lot of eschscholtzia seedlings, they must really like the slope! What is the white flowered shrub to the right in the last but one photo? – it has a nice shape to it.

    • The white flowering shrub is Solanum jasminoides ‘Album’; it flowers for about ten months of the year. It is drought tolerant but doesn’t like cold and wet together. It actually grows so quickly you could almost treat it like an annual, I’m thinking I will take cuttings (it takes very well) and use them in pots next year. It is considered a climber but it is better if allowed to sprawl, or as here flow down a slope.

  7. I can’t believe you have so many California Poppies. To me pulling them out seems an extravagance, like lighting a cigar with a hundred dollar bill. But then your climate is much more Californian than mine.

    • No, I’m using Name/Url because my first wordpress account isn’t my hesperides garden and with blogger if I use the wordpress account it goes to the other, little used, food blog. when I comment on a wordpress blog I’ve pre-selected that all comments lead back to MHG. The are even some blooger accounts that don’t have the Name/URl option that don’t allow me to comment at all. I’ve actually given up trying to comment on some including Maydreams GBBD!

  8. Lovely contrasting forms and foliage colours on your slope now Christina, it’s hard to remember it how it was when you were first planning the planting. I love the way that the changing light adds a whole new dimension, from golden glow to the way the silvery foliage shines out in the comparative shade. So dynamic, day to day and season to season. I had to smile at your California poppy weeding, I have the same in my front garden with forget-me-nots and lychnis, a balancing act between allowing them to fill the gaps left between still-young shrubs and allowing the shrubs to prosper.

    • I’m glad you are enjoying the changing and developing slope, Janet. I’ve said it before, I think this is my favourite part of the garden, I love the way it changes with self-seeding and things blown in from outside (this year some wild carrot appeared). But I will have to pull out more Californian poppies, I can hardly believe just how many their are!

  9. Your garden is glowing! And with all the little seedlings it also shows so much promise of future growth and blooms. I do love the way light illuminates a garden. Mine can look so dull, then it transforms when the light hits it.

    You asked about our weather. Yes, unfortunately, our temps are predicted to drop to record low sub-freezing next week. One of the challenges in my particular part of the world is our unpredictable weather, starting about now. One day can be icy cold, the next very warm. Poor plants never know what to do!

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