The Slope on Thursday, it just gets better and better!

The past week has had mixed weather; hot and sunny but cold, overcast and windy at the weekend, then hot again on Monday and Tuesday, overcast again on Wednesday and rain is forecast for today but as yet it’s sunny.

The slope as the title suggests just gets better and better, as one plant finishes flowering another begins.  This week the Tulbaghia is suddenly displaying its violet star-shaped flower heads.  The Eschscholzia remain the most obvious feature but close inspection reveals that the soft sage green leaves of the Verbascum are growing larger and it won’t be too long before their stately flowers push up.

The usual view

The usual view

The cypress needs that wayward branch removed.

Bright silver leaves contrast with the darker foliage of the Perovskia

Bright silver leaves contrast with the darker foliage of the Perovskia

The pPerovskia has been busy self seeding and I may need to remove some before they colonise the whole area.

Iris 'Before the Storm' stand out from the bright yellow Eschscholzia

Iris ‘Before the Storm’ stand out from the bright yellow Eschscholzia

Tulbaghia are now making their début

Tulbaghia are now making their début

The Phlomis I grew as a cutting is making its presence felt

The Phlomis I grew as a cutting is making its presence felt

The image above gives a true idea of how steep the slope is, not an easy place to garden, hence the choice of plants that require little care are given a home here.

Euphorbia, Phlomis with the green background of Quercus ilex, the holly oak

Euphorbia, Phlomis with the green background of Quercus ilex, the holly oak

The tree in flower is Melia azedarach.

Poppies

Poppies

more poppies

more poppies

More and more poppies

More and more poppies

Looking up from the gate

Looking up from the gate

The two Cistus in the foreground were both grown from cuttings.  Stipa tenuissima was blowing about wonderfully in the wind, I wouldn’t want to be without it.

Tomorrow is the 22nd of May and Garden Bloggers Foliage Day, I do hope you’ll find some foliage amongst all the flowers that May has to offer share with us.  I realise that in the northern hemisphere that flowers are the main features of our gardens but even here in Italy when everything flowers in May, the foliage still has a hugely important supporting role to play; I look forward to seeing what you find in your garden.

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36 thoughts on “The Slope on Thursday, it just gets better and better!

  1. Che meraviglia! Quel tocco di papaveri rossi è superlativo!!! con iris scuri ed escoltia!!! bello bello bello! Ho un cisto da talea – date da simonetta – non sappiamo di preciso come si chiama. Alto e bianco candido. Ne vuoi uno? E’ ancora piccolino ma ormai mi sembra robusto.

  2. You’ve got a lovely combination of erigeron, stipa,eschscholzia and poppies winding up your slope. It really flows. Bet it looks great in the wind. The Tulbaghia are adding a nice upright focus.

  3. The poppies really do add such a wonderful splash of colour. I know how difficult it is to garden on a steep slope and your plant selection works so well!

    • The plants almost selected themselves; I’ve only put things here that really thrived and self seeded in the rest of the garden so it almost looks after itself.

  4. Your slope really has filled out and matured. You seem to have found the right mix of plants that thrive in your ground and climate AND reseed too! The Stipa looks fantastic – I can imagine the breeze rippling through it. I don’t remember seeing your Phlomis before… I have only seen pink ones here as far as I remember.

    • The parent plants are in the Upper Drive border and the Large Island; I do have a pink one too, but that is more herbaceous, where as this is a shrubby evergreen. It seems profusely!

    • It wasn’t so easy until all the plants became established and as I’ve said before I will be slowly changing the planting to more shrubs like the cistus as that stops weeds better but it isn’t that difficult even now because it is quite natural so the plants take care of themselves pretty much.

  5. It’s lovely, and inspiring. I have some steep slopes in my garden; I just hope I can get them looking half as good as this.

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