Firstly sorry there is no the Slope on Thursday this week. There was torrential rain all day yesterday and it has continued all this morning; I’m kicking myself as on Wednesday there was a wonderful heavy frost and I should have taken lots of photos then instead I was intent on sowing tomato seeds – probably far, far too many but hey, I like the reliable ones I know but also plant to try some new ones as well.
The weather since I wrote the last post about the slope has been mostly wet except for last Friday when the forecast was for rain all day and it turned out sunny with a blue sky all day – Who’d trust the forecasters? The range of temperatures for the week has been large from minus 2°C to about plus 15°C, in the greenhouse the high was 29°C but with the sun on the glass the temperature soon rises, so that would have been with the door open and the roof lights open but the days when has been wet and grey with lower temperatures the door was shut.
Last week I asked you why the view was different looking up the slope. Several of you were nearly right but the answer is I (well not actually me personally) moved the olive that was in front of the greenhouse.
I’ve been waiting for some time for the contractors to come and prune the Leylandii; eventually they took about one and a half metres off the top, which has opened up the view from the first floor windows and allows me to see as far as the sea in one direction and the town of Montefiascone in the other with lots of nice trees in the distance in between.
I also made up my mind to remove the Leylandii from just past the greenhouse to the corner of the garden about 10 trees. I don’t need the Leylandii here to protect from the north and east winds and we should now, hopefully, be able to see the sun setting in summer. I so enjoy seeing it in winter and it would be nice to enjoy it in summer while sitting on the terrace with a nice glass of wine!
The other tree I wanted to remove is the umbrella pine, so the end of the line, hence the title of this post! I know it is such a strong feature of the garden and typical of the Rome area but it a problem because of its needles falling and covering all the plants underneath. It wasn’t large as these pines usually are; when they are full grown nothing grows under them at all. So it has gone and the olive is now in its place. This particular olive has never given us many olives, being a different variety to the others; the olives should have been large for eating rather than for oil.
When they dug up the olive they found it had been planted much too deep. Everybody says that you should dig a hole at least a metre by a metre by a metre. Yes this is true but then you need to back-fill with good soil so that the tree can be planted at the same depth as it was in the pot or ground if it was field grown. It is planted to right depth now so hopefully it will actually grow better. It will need watering regularly for a couple of years because it is a mature tree.
I won’t plant things close to it while it is re-establishing but there does seem to be some space I could put some more Irises which I think would look right.
The other opportunity moving the olive has given me is to add three new raised vegetable beds, away from the roots of the Leylandii and in full sun. I’m actually really hoping to use one for cut flowers so any suggestions of what I should sow or plant will be gratefully accepted.
I decided to link this in with Helen’s end of the month meme where you can read about what others are working on in their gardens, thanks Helen.
Have you begun any major projects this year? Why not share them with us via this meme.