Continuing my plan of writing about what I’m enjoying in the garden each week.
This week it has been the bare branches silhouetted against the cold blue sky that have given me most pleasure, along with the bright yellow berries of the Melia azedarach.
I often complain that trees here in Italy often have very sparse leaves in comparison to in the UK, but the walnut harboured a magpie nest that I knew nothing about until the tree lost its leaves.
All the above images were taken on Sunday, since then we have had some severe frosts with even the daytime temperatures not climbing above 5°C and the lows have been minus 3 or 4; walking around the garden on Tuesday afternoon I could see that some plants have been very shocked by the frost, the Arbutilon which has been in flower since autumn has dead frosted flowers all over it.
It is good to have some cold weather, I believe that it helps reduce the pests and diseases in the garden but with the very mild weather we were experiencing up until a week ago many plants may be experiencing some shock.
I’m glad I picked the bearded Iris when I did as it certainly wouldn’t have survived outside.
What are you enjoying in your garden this week? I know many of you have had snow and that has its own beauty.
I’ll be posting about the foliage in my garden on Friday 22nd; I do hope you’ll join in with whatever foliage is pleasing you this month. Keep warm!