The slope on Thursday – There’s no denying it now!

Changeable weather here again; Monday was wet for moist of the day, Tuesday was warm and sunny, on Wednesday it rained in the morning and then was cold in the afternoon, Thursday was lovely all day.  Every morning the garden is soaked with dew.

I am a day late with this post; time just ran out yesterday but the photographs were taken on Thursday morning when the sun was bright but low making it difficult on the west facing slope to get clear images.

The usual view, sorry it is so dark but the sun was just creeping around the trees and causing problems with the camera lens

The usual view, sorry it is so dark but the sun was just creeping around the trees and causing problems with the camera lens

With the leaves changing colour on the Melia azedarach (there are two in the garden) I am suddenly aware how much the trees and large shrubs have grown this summer.  When I look up the slope from the gate I can no longer see the house.  It is difficult to describe how much pleasure this gives me.

I can hardly believe that this is my garden - with large trees - Melia azedarach and Quercus ilex (holm oak)

I can hardly believe that this is my garden – with large trees – Melia azedarach and Quercus ilex (holm oak)

The multi-stemmed Melia above isn’t as yellow yet as the one on the other side of the garden.

It makes me wish I had planted more when I first planned the garden, but I thought they would take too long to be mature specimens.  I suppose that is one reason for the reluctance in removing the walnuts even though I don’t like them, but they are now showing their skeletons against the sky.

The Persimmon is orange against the bright green grass in the field and the dark cypresses

The Persimmon is orange against the bright green grass in the field and the dark cypresses

I like the way the fennel seed heads (which I haven’t removed as I said I would) stand out against the background, I should pick some at least for a vase.  I like the grey/blue of the olives in the distance too.

Panicums are completely brown now

Panicums are completely brown now

The above looks messy but I like how natural it looks with different grasses, some brown and some (the Stipa tenuissima) becoming green and the seed heads of the Verbascum bending to the ground to deposit their seeds.

Prostrate rosemary is flowering and attracting bees

Prostrate rosemary is flowering and attracting bees



Deciduous oaks retain their brown dead leaves here in the way young beech do in England, I think they look more dead than the trees with no foliage at all (although I like them for hedges).  Do you like to see the bare branches of trees against the sky?

33 thoughts on “The slope on Thursday – There’s no denying it now!

  1. We’ve had a storm over the last 24 hours, so there are plenty of bare branches against the sky now. Amazing transformation in just a day.
    I wonder why I haven’t noticed the Melia before, perhaps because of the colour or maybe because you have focused on other things. The Persimmon is lovely too.

  2. The Melia is lovely Christina – I can imagine your pleasure at seeing something mature so much within such a short time! I loved the grasses, though, especially. I saved my fennel seeds for the first time this year. Hope the sun shines for you this weekend!

    • Thanks Cathy, I hope the sun shines for you too; today it is shining and it is 20°C, lovely, I’m planting garlic. I usually collect the fennel flowers rather than the seed to dry and use in cooking rather than the seeds but I was going to collect some this year and didn’t quite manage to do it!

  3. Yes, I like to see bare branches against the sky in the winter. Our huge trees are to the south of the house so we also get lovely patterns of the branches on the lawn during the day, as long as the sun shines! We have had gales and torrential rain so lots of the leaves are down now, the oaks will keep theirs till Christmas or New Year and believe it or not, the Acers still have their leaves, will they last till foliage day I wonder!
    I don’t know your Melia tree, I must look it up as it looks rather pretty.

    • It is a lovely tree but I’ve never seen one in the UK but I don’t know why not as our winter temperatures are often as low as yours. Shadows on the grass sound lovely Pauline. Have a lovely weekend.

  4. I can relate to just running out of time. Seems like there are not enough minutes in each hour lately. Seeing bare branches of trees against the sky is indeed wonderful. Love your comment about the deciduous oaks seeming more dead with their retained leaves. So true. Have a good day!

  5. It’ s amazing how fast your Melia has grown. In the Spring maybe I will risk planting my little tree out in the garden. Your Persimmon is still looking wonderful and I love all your grasses.
    The Perovskia and the Fennel all look great too. I have a pink flowered Rosemary. Maybe you would like a bit next time I see you.

  6. Did you have a fairly blank canvas when you started Christina? I must look back and see if you have early photos on your blog. Good to watch trees you have planted getting bigger, isn’t it?

  7. Christina it looks lovely in a semi wild way, if you understand me, despite the trees loosing leaves there is so much foliage still that it doesn’t look like autumn, yes I love seeing the tracery of bare tree branches against a blue sky, Frances

  8. A beautiful tree bared of its leaves against a sky backdrop is hard to beat, but I love them in all their seasonal stages. I can imagine that immense joy at seeing your trees Christina. I wish we had planted more when we first moved here and as its not a forever house, I doubt I will plant many more.

  9. I quite like the bleak beauty of winter, so that first photo with the threatening sky, dark as it is, appeals to me. People are always commenting upon how our house is becoming more and more hidden. It’s not a very interesting house, so that’s a good thing.

  10. Yes, if we get a nice blue sky I love to see the bare birch branches against it…. we were looking at them today and we have one birch that hasn’t lost its leaves yet, while the others are all bare! I also love those olive trees on the horizon in your photo. The persimmon looks lovely amidst all the greenery.

  11. I do like the look of bare branches against the sky, and we have some big trees in our yard and nearby – Maples, Elms, Cottonwoods, and Willows. I did cut down the fennel seedheads in the garden here, and I hated to do it, but my God how they seed themselves if you don’t.

  12. Your Melia is lovely, as is that “messy” area of grasses etc, but there again I am a fan of that sort if planting so I would say that! I know exactly what you mean about your trees, I vividly remember the day I suddenly noticed that the ones I had planted in my previous garden were suddenly proper trees, not saplings, and were doing what I had intended, hiding the houses across the alley. Trees add so much character, as well as screening etc, well worth the patience required to plant young and then wait. And mature shrubs totally change the feel of a garden too. All part if the joy of gardening in one place for a lengthy time. I’m glad you left the fennel, I had to move one of mine so lost that wonderful silhouette.

  13. What a feeling that must be to see your trees really becoming a presence. I can already imagine the oak as a large spreading feature!
    This year was the first one where I’ve begun to notice shrubs and trees starting to put on weight. All of a sudden I think the feel of the garden will change rapidly and I’m afraid I’ll miss the wide openness…. and then I look at the neighbors and remember why I wanted the screening in the first place 🙂

    • As long as there are some views out in some directions I’m happy to have the trees grow, many plants benefit from some shade in summer even things that in other climates would require full sun.

    • thank you Beth. the wildlife that visits gives me lots of pleasure. there are so many different types of bees that visit in summer, the garden is alive with the sound of their buzzing.

  14. How wonderful that your trees are growing so quickly. Mature trees add a wonderful note to the garden. I love to see bare branches against the sky. We have a number of different types of oak trees. Most lose their leaves during late fall or early winter, but there is one oak tree near the patio that keeps its dangling brown leaves until new growth starts in spring!

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