Monday is here again and time to fill a vase with flowers from the garden and link with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden’s meme.
Saturday and Sunday were glorious days with the addition of wonderful sunsets which became the inspiration for today’s vase.
The mild winter meant that the olives flowered early this spring. I thought very early on that we would need to harvest much earlier than usual; however the mills are slow to respond to variations in the people’s needs. Rain during summer isn’t what olives want, the trees have put on a huge amount of foliage; the vast majority of which will need to be pruned to allow light and air into the trees next year. Fortunately our olives have always been unaffected by damage from the olive fly (Bactrocera oleae); I’m not entirely sure why as I never treat the trees nor hang pheromone traps. This year however, due possibly to the damp conditions and maybe compounded by the congested foliage a lot of the olives showed the tell-tale exit hole of the larvae, feeling hopeful that at least some of the crop was unaffected we harvested this weekend.
The weather changed significantly this week; not that it was cold, at 10.30 pm on Monday evening the temperature was registering 20° C. These warm nights are one reason (the main reason) why we don’t have very much autumn colour in my area. It is the shock of the fluctuating temperatures that causes most leaves to change to the red, oranges, purples and yellows that we associate with autumn; here the difference between day and night doesn’t change so much until January or February by which time the leaves have just turned a boring crispy brown and fallen. Continue reading
Time has rushed by today and I have to get ready to go to a good friend’s birthday aperitivo. Of course this required a hand tied bouquet to take to her along with a sticky squidgy chocolate cake which was actually her recipe. Continue reading
On Thursday I showed a small butterfly that I saw while taking images for my post about the Slope on Thursday. From a quick look through my Collins Butterfly guide to Britain and Europe (why is it not just Europe, Britain is part of Europe isn’t it?) I had thought it was a Skipper. Continue reading
Mid-day is a time that, in summer, it is unlikely to find me in the garden as it would be too hot; so for a change today I photographed the slope at 12.30. The light is strong casting deep shadows so not that easy to achieve good images. Continue reading