The Slope on Thursday and some views for GBBD

Today the sun is shining very brightly, you can see it was so strong the images dazzle with the light.

This week there was a severe weather warning for my part of Italy; strong winds, thunder storms and hail were all forecast. So far we’ve had a thunder storm but it didn’t rain very much and even though it is very sunny it is also windy.

The usual view

The usual view

Iris 'Before the Storm' still producing more flowers

Iris ‘Before the Storm’ still producing more flowers

Philadelphus flowers form the back drop to the slope now, I must remember to use some for my vase next Monday

Philadelphus flowers form the back drop to the slope now, I must remember to use some for my vase next Monday

Crimson salvia has formed an emormous bush next to the Philadelphus

Crimson salvia has formed an emormous bush next to the Philadelphus

Another cistus cutting that is flowering well for a small plant

Another cistus cutting that is flowering well for a small plant

Looking up from the gare

Looking up from the gare

Tulbaglia has begun to flower, it isn’t a good idea to rub against its overpoweringly garlic smelling foliage

Tulbaglia has begun to flower, it isn’t a good idea to rub against its overpoweringly garlic smelling foliage

More red poppies than orange? maybe

More red poppies than orange? maybe!

Last week I felt that the posts about the spring walk would come to an end but perhaps it is still interesting for another week. Today I’ll show some views from around the garden, you might like to suggest which you’d like to see on a weekly basis for the summer.

The cypress is the one I stand by for The slope on Thursday but looking across the garden to the south

The cypress is the one I stand by for The slope on Thursday but looking across the garden to the south

Zooming in from the previous image

Zooming in from the previous image

Rosa Clair Matin on pillars of the terrace

Rosa Clair Matin on pillars of the terrace

Standing in front of the Clair Matin looking west

Standing in front of the Clair Matin looking west

My favourite Rosa Veilchenblau is flowering

My favourite Rosa Veilchenblau is flowering

Allium christophii

Allium christophii

The path by the Large Island

The path by the Large Island

Looking back from the same spot

Looking back from the same spot

Hemerocallis Sol d'Oro

Hemerocallis Sol d’Oro

Hemerocallis Sol d'Oro with salvia, Eschscholzia, and Roses

Hemerocallis Sol d’Oro with salvia, Eschscholzia, and Roses

The large Island looking across to the formal beds

The large Island looking across to the formal beds

The circular rose bed

The circular rose bed

The circular rose bed from the Spring Walk

The circular rose bed from the Spring Walk

The small Island with Stipa gigantea

The small Island with Stipa gigantea

Rosa 'Rhapsody in Blue' with dianthus

Rosa ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with dianthus

Rosa 'Sally Holmes'

Rosa ‘Sally Holmes’

The Left hand border

The Left hand border

Do let me know which view you’d like to see on a regular basis.

33 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday and some views for GBBD

  1. So many lovely flowers to enjoy for Bloom Day, your poppies are getting better and better! My salvias are still waiting to be planted out, I must do it soon, frosts don’t usually happen here after the 15th May. I’m happy to look at whatever you decide to photograph Christina, it’s difficult to make a choice when all your beds look so good!

  2. Your garden is beautiful in all its views, Christina, but I particularly liked the view of the large island bed across to the formal beds. I hope this week’s wild weather is the end of that for you!

    • Thanks Kris, I hope the weather will settle down too but I think we are in for unseasonal weather for a while. So our mild, wet winter has become a cool, wet spring, I just hope it isn’t followed by a long hot summer.

  3. your garden is so full and summer flowery Christina, where as I have spring flowers the daffodils not finished yet, it’s cold here we still haven’t got any where near double figures C. cold east winds, still wet but not as wet,
    I enjoy all the various views you show of your garden and have no preference, so you chose an area you wish too observe, I also find it interesting when you talk about what you did or want to do, why you made some choices, etc. I hope heavy rain and hail miss your area, Frances

    • Thanks Frances; your descriptions of the weather where you are make me feel very grateful for the cliamte here, hail or no hail! I’ll try to write more about my choices in future posts, its really great getting your feedback.

      • Christina I noticed in reply to other comments you mention a lack of help in deciding which area to focus a weekly blog post, I like the view in front of the Clair Matin looking west, it joins your garden with the surrounding countryside, this is an aspect I like about your long view posts,
        and like Kris P I like the view across the large island, the beautiful iris before the storm is here and where as on the slope it raises it’s heads with the froth of flowers and grasses, in the large island you can appreciate the strap like foliage as well as the flowers, I love the way the leaves stand tall and stiff in a silver sea of other low growing foliage, all your areas have good foliage contrast but there seems to be more low growing plants in the large island giving a greater variety of heights, (please do not see this as a criticism of other areas, just differences, which is good), as I’ve never been to your garden this is just my thoughts from some of the many photos you show, Frances

        • I love hearing your thoughts; I don’t take them as criticism, but if you make suggestions or note things it is like a good friend looking around the garden with me so please don’t stop! Frank also suggested the view looking west so I’ll do that starting next week.

  4. Those poppies are looking lovelier than ever. And the roses are looking good now too. What a beautiful sight to wake up to every morning! I would be happy to see more of any of those views! 🙂

  5. I like the surprise when you add in views you do not normally show. What is the very deep red rose in your rose bed, its really lovely with the white. My favourite shot today, the Hemerocalis and Salvia.

    • There are two dark roses R. Tradescant and R. William Shakespeare, the white is actually pink – R. Queen of Sweden, the light bleached it completely; that’s why I need strong colours in the garden.

  6. Summer really seems to have arrived in your garden, glad to hear the temperatures aren’t too bad yet. The poppies are so refreshing and bright, I really prefer the red ones mixed in with the California over the straight orange.
    I think my favorite view is your view from the terrace looking west (from the rose pergola), it has the long view plus plenty of the beds!

    • I suppose the red poppies are more interesting to you because they aren’t what you usually see. Looking west is a good option as it is also the view from the sitting room window and would include quite a lot of different plants if I zoom into certain areas; Frances has also suggested the the same view so I’ll start next week.

  7. Christina, as I was viewing your images, I kept thinking, “I would like to see that,” over and over! I really love the view looking west from your terrace in front of Clair Matin, the views from the long path by the big island, and looking across the big island toward the formal beds. Your garden always impresses me. I love your poppies!

    • The concensus seems to be the view from the terrace looking west so I hope you will enjoy seeing that through the year. The poppies are always make me smile so I have a big grin most of the time at the moment.

  8. I think the view west is a lovely choice, it looks rich in contrasts, although I’d also be interested in seeing more of your terrace area and the views from it, and I loved the shot looking back along the path beside the large Island. And your island beds are of great interest to me because I will have two in the front garden, or perhaps one large one, and all sources of inspiration are welcome…

    • I think paths always create an interesting view, when you plan yours think about the shape of the paths and the views they create, it will help you achieve the look you want. I thought about the shape on the ground by looking down, you may remember me writing about it. But the effect of the spring walk and between the large island and the border are important. I’ll try to post soon about this as it is something we never really think about.

      • Yes, it sounds daft, but a path needs to lead somewhere, doesn’t it. Hopefully I can use paths to concentrate the eye on the two different views of the sea we have, I am both nervous and excited. Oh, and impatient. To get it right I need to finish the fence and clear the front area first. I am beginning to feel something coming together in my head though.

        • You have the best final view possible, but like life the ‘getting there’ needs to be important too, even obscuring the final view with a curve but with some point of promise on the curve might work well or if the path is straight something that stops the eye before the end point making you enjoy the walk to the view otherwise no-one will make the effort to walk but jsut stop and look at the beginning.

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