The Slope on Thursday 24th April

The weather over the Easter weekend wasn’t as bad as was forecast except Saturday rained almost all day with torrential rain in the afternoon that had hail in it! As I mentioned on Monday, this time the hail didn’t pass me by. I also said that the tomatoes didn’t seem to have been affected, wrong they are covered with white spots, even the stems where the ice hit them, I’m hoping they will recover but this is an example that a gardener’s life is never an incident free one!

The usual view

The usual view

The slope is a sea of poppies, Eschscholzia californica and European poppies, so not so different from last week. The poppies weren’t too damaged by the hail as they close when there is no sun, but some were shredded, they just don’t stand out because there are so many.

Looking up from the gate

Looking up from the gate

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Euphorbia is attracting lots of insects

Euphorbia is attracting lots of insects


Euphorbia with I think a hoverfly looking like a wasp

Euphorbia with I think a hoverfly looking like a wasp


Iris germanica ‘Jane Philips’ is just beginning to bloom; luckily she wasn’t open on Saturday.


What’s the weather like where you are? Do your plants regularly suffer damage from extreme weather conditions? Snow, ice, heavy rain, drought, all can cause us gardeners problems. Have a good week.

34 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday 24th April

  1. Hi, we can have all seasons in one day ,that’s the British weather for you. I have quite a sheltered suburban garden so not too problematic. I do love your photos especially all the orange shades, it all looks so lush.

  2. I grow Jane Phillips but find she is more prone to thrips than any of my other Irises. We had a lot of rain on Sunday afternoon, but no hail, that must be quite alarming with your Tomatoes.

    • Jane Phillips had wooly aphids last year but this year she’s fine but Rustic jewel has some, although I saw a wasp feasting on them today which is a good sign.

  3. A very mixed weekend, weather-wise, here! Rain, wind and sun. Thankfully, none of your hail problems (touch wood!). Monday was beautiful and a good day to get out into the garden. Most enjoyable! The slope is still looking good!

  4. Those poppies are beautiful, especially with the odd red one here and there. The main problem for my garden is long dry periods – a south-facing slope on chalky stony soil has its advantages, but its disadvantages too!
    Hope the tomatoes recover.

  5. Having watched the poppies develop over the past few weeks I am really loving them now. They make such an impact and over a long period of time. Do you sow them in autumn?

    • Most of this years are self seeders from the last two years; the original sowing was in autumn but it you live somewhere very wet ot with heavy soil I’d recommend sowing in spring.

  6. The last poppy picture is great with the bold color and just the green and orange. I can’t believe how lush things look now compared to when it all dries out, there’s color everywhere!
    Is that the photinia hedge blooming? I kind of like it, and usually I’m not a fan of them.

  7. The Californian poppies really give your a garden a summer feel. I growing some white ones again this year as they seem to work better in our more northern light. Sorry to hear about the hail. It’s surprising how much damage it can do. A few years ago I planted out some delphiniums then had to dash indoors after a freak hail storm. I came out half an hour later to find said delphiniums completely ruined. I do wonder why we garden sometimes. 😉

    • A gardener has to accept these things but it can seem hard; as you’ve said in the past, I don’t make my living from what I grow, but for the farmers it is very hard.

  8. It has occurred to me today that the poppies make even more of an impact because you have the space for a river of them – they wouldn’t look half as stunning in a tiny clump.

    • So many plants have been introduced over such a long period here in Europe that it can be difficult to even work out which are natives, but I do agree that it is the way to go with a sustainable garden.

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