Again this week the weather has been weird. Monday was not cold and there was some sun during the day but as soon as it was dark, the heavens opened with thunder, heavy rain and both sheet and forked lightening. This was followed on Tuesday by the perfect day, very warm, very possibly 20°C, sun and no wind all day. That evening I turned the heating off, it had only been on a few days as it was. Then came Wednesday! I was woken by the sound of the wind blowing, howling, it was throwing our very heavy outside chairs to the ground. A lot more leaves have come down whether they were ready or not. Plus there was more rain until about 4pm when the sun came out, so I rushed to take some photographs as the forecast for today was much the same as yesterday , but in fact it has been grey, mild and as I write now at 4pm is foggy in the distance.
I have managed to plant all the onion sets this week and almost all of the remaining bulbs, just a very few Alliums and some Freesias remain so I’m feeling happy that I have completed some necessary tasks.
Seneccio cineraria now named Jacobaea maritima shows really clearly what happens to plants whose silver leaf colour is caused by fine hairs covering the surface – when soaked by the rain the leaf is as green as any other photosynthesising leaves. The hairs act as a protection from the sun. The images were taken within seconds of each other.
Looking at the slope today where I planted some thyme, I’d removed from where the new tree has been planted, I saw that there were literally thousands of tiny seedlings of Eschscholzia californica. Some will surely die during winter and some I will weed out later but at present it is hard to see the soil for the new flush of green.
I missed posting my Long View at the beginning of the week, so here it is now.
The Melia azedarach has lost all its leaves now revealing a huge quantity of berries.
You may just be able to see the peas and broad beans that are also growing.
Can you see the new Arbutus? I already love the way it is changing the view.