A wet Long View – September 2014

I took these images on 1st September but am posting today (the 2nd) because Monday is Vase Day!

There was heavy rain from about 6.30 until 10 so it all looks a bit drab.  But the sun came out soon after I took these photographs although the wind was cool.

The long view

The long view

Look how green the fields are beyond the garden, evidence if any were needed of how wet our summer has been – (wonderful).

Flowering Sedums are probably the strongest colour in the garden this month.  The large Island

Flowering Sedums are probably the strongest colour in the garden this month. The large Island

I want to make the patches of Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ much larger and have been taking cuttings to increase the stock.

Stipa tenuissima, Penisetum villosa, sedum and garlic chives are all adding interest to the Upper Drive bed

Stipa tenuissima, Penisetum villosa, sedum, Verbena and garlic chives are all adding interest to the Upper Drive bed

The Verbena ground cover hasn’t stopped flowering once this year, just shows what a little rain can do.

The cutting bed, Cosmos need cutting back to allow them to hopefully flower again

The cutting bed, Cosmos need cutting back to allow them to hopefully flower again

The seedlings in the foreground are from the short orange Cosmos, I bet they wouldn’t have self-seeded like this if I had desperately needed them too.  As it is I wouldn’t grow them again, I’ll leave these for now maybe they produce a few flowers in late Autumn that will be welcome.

Thanks to Heather at Xeric style who started this meme although she doesn’t always post any more.

24 thoughts on “A wet Long View – September 2014

  1. I find it useful to see the long views you show. Helps get a sense of scale. Is it only the short orange Cosmos you won’t grow again or all Cosmos? I meant to plant Cosmos and just never got around to it, but I used to like the orange. Maybe it’s a different one though because come to think of it, mine wasn’t all that short.

    • I will grow cosmos again just not the very short one I bought in error. I’ve bought 2 packs of different orange shades and dark and pale pinks too. High wind has knocked the pink over today so i may not have many more. The pinks grew very tall, over 6 foot so they needed better staking but they have flowered so well and last reasonably well in a vase.

  2. It does look lush. What a difference from last year when things were barely limping through the drought. Is anything complaining about the rain? I remember you saying the stipa was a mess, but it looks like you left a few after all…. or did it grow back so fast?
    How are the olives this year?

    • Yes, the Stipa is regrowing already, I need to pull out the dead part at the base but soon they will be all green for winter. The olives are quite big already but I imagine they are full of water so the yield of oil to weight of olives will be low and as you pay for them to be pressed according to the weight to take, it will cost a bit more, but it will still be worth it to have our own oil. The only thing that really hasn’t down well this year is the pomegranate which have all begun to split but they are not really ripe and the seeds seem small inside.

  3. Your long view photos are always wonderful, Christina – I’m glad to see that you’re continuing with them as well. There’s a pool of silver gray color in the lower left corner of the first photo – what is that? If the picture was taken in California, I’d guess Dymondia. Maybe it’s an Artemesia? I envy you the rain. We can’t expect any for a couple of months yet and there was an article in today’s LA Times saying there’s a 50% chance we’ve entered a 30-year drought period (and an 80% chance the current drought runs at least 10 years) – ugh!

    I wrote a reply to the message you posted on my blog but thanks again for sharing the link on lawn substitutes and the plant list with me!

  4. Your rain has made the garden look lovely. I think I agree with you, I prefer the Stipa tennuissima to be green, I did grow some once but didn’t like the brown look which stayed most of the summer, I never thought to cut them back, maybe I could try again.

    • If I have time I pull or comb out the dead stems but on the slope, because there were so many I cut them almost to the ground, they are beginning to shoot again now and it is easier to pull out the yellow stems now to make them look fresher.

  5. Christina it does all look quite lush both in and out side your garden, the new veg and cutting beds look very full, what are the grey/green shrubs/trees between the cutting bed and perimeter hedge? they add an interesting change of colour in the distance, the sedums not only add colour but a different texture, Frances

    • Hi Frances, what you can see are the olive trees, called plants in Italian! We keep them pruned quite low to make it easy for harvesting. Not having to use ladders is safer and much, much quicker. Christina

  6. My first thought was how neat and tidy your garden looks… then saw that Cathy had commented on that too. This either means your garden is indeed tidy, or Cathy and I have extremely untidy patches!

    • The slope is quite tidy because it is about to all grow again in autumn so the poppies were cut back some time ago and will hopefully re-flower. The rest of the garden isn’t so tidy!

  7. Fantastic! The green has us longing for rains in Chico – the drought is severe. Please donate any extra you may have to northern California! Your garden is looking magnificent!

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