In a vase on Monday – Spoilt for choice!

Monday arrives again and it is time to join Cathy at Rambling in the garden, where she asks us to fill a vase with material from our own gardens.

I have been amazed at just how much material I have been able to grow in my new cuttings bed; today there was enough to fill the whole house with flowers but rather than confuse I will show you just one of the vases I filled today. Continue reading

The Slope on Thursday – the emphasis is lilac-blue

Our very strange weather continues!  Cool for July, scudding white clouds or just an overcast sky with some sun.  We are still sleeping under a duvet – either we’ve become very soft or it really is very much cooler this year often by the end of May the duvet is off!  We haven’t had a lot of rain but even just a little IS a lot for this part of central Italy.  The garden and the gardener are very happy.  My Italian friends and anyone else I speak to aren’t so happy, they feel cheated if the sky isn’t a constant blue from June until September. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday – Changing my mind!

For the last couple of days I was sure that today’s vase for Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme would contain the deeply magenta Gladioli which have been opening for more than a week; in fact I picked them before really considering anything else partly because they will not last many more days and also because they were planted especially to be picked. Continue reading