April 8th 2016 No apologies

I mentioned that we have been walking in the local lanes as part of my husband’s rehabilitation; it is a great time of year to be doing this as day by day the wild flowers are beginning to flower just as much as in the garden.

A couple of day’s ago Richard returned full of excitement; he had just seen one of the sheep in a field very close to us give birth; well, to be totally honest  he didn’t witness the actual birth but he arrived on the scene moments later when the umbilical cord was still attached to the lamb and it had just got to its feet.  The following day I went too; this may or may not be the lamb he saw!

New lambs are so snowy white in comparison to their mothers

New lambs are so snowy white in comparison to their mothers

It is unlikely that the two lambs are twins; they aren’t bred for that here; the lambs are a by-product of the need for the ewes to produce milk for our local famous Pecorino cheese.Today we’ve had some wonderful ‘soft’ rain that gardeners the world over love; slow and gentle to wet the earth but not to damage any flowers.

The dull day and rain slowed the bees a little so there are less wisteria flowers on the ground; the carpenter bees are so aggressive, they often damage the flowers and cause them to fall in their determination to reach the nectar and pollen.

Carpenter bee collecting nectar

Carpenter bee collecting nectar

Wisteria 'Prolific'

Wisteria ‘Prolific’

As the flowers open down they appear to become longer and longer

As the flowers open down they appear to become longer and longer

The views from the third floor window were popular so here are some from the second floor at the front of the house, of course looking down to admire the wisteria too!

Looking east

Looking east

Above: part of the left hand border with new foliage appearing on the Pomegranate.

The central view of the new evergreen borders (looking south)

The central view of the new evergreen borders (looking south)

The central view of the new evergreen borders (looking south)

The central view of the new evergreen borders (looking south)

Looking south west, I'm sure you recognise the photinia and cypress at the end of the garden

Looking south west, I’m sure you recognise the Photinia and cypress at the end of the garden and the large cypress at the corner of the terrace.

Here the end of the Large Island and the new 'fused' circular rose bed and small island

Here the end of the Large Island and the new ‘fused’ circular rose bed and small island

By joining up these images and those from a couple of days ago you can see the main area of the garden; it isn’t as large as it seems when we walked together around the large island.

Looking up Wisteria 'Prolific'

Looking up Wisteria ‘Prolific’

Wisteria 'Prolific' with Rosa 'Claire Martin'

Wisteria ‘Prolific’ with Rosa ‘Claire Martin’

Have a lovely weekend, Christina

 

 

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31 thoughts on “April 8th 2016 No apologies

  1. The Wisteria is fabulous! It appears it is far from your house. We have nightmare stories here of Wisteria taken over one’s home. How nice to walk in a meadow with little lambs. Spring is beautiful in your side of the world.

    • The lavender and Perovskia were lovely but the design closed the terrace from the garden; now when we sit for breakfast, lunch or dinner we can see more or are invited to walk along the paths, so a much more satisfying experience.

  2. Hola Christina espero que su esposo esté ya casi repuesto. Qué suerte tuvo al ver parte del nacimiento del cordero? Tuvo que ser una experiencia maravillosa. Las fotos desde su ventana han despejado del todo las dudas de donde está cada cosa en su fabuloso y bello jardín. La glicina es magnífica, preciosa, divina. Qué perfume más sublime debe desprender. Muchos saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

      • Muchas gracias Christina por fotografiarla todos los días. Así todos podremos gozar de tanta belleza. Por cierto podé mi glicina pero esta noche hubo tormenta de agua y nieve, más nieve que agua. C´est la vie! Muchos saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

  3. Your wisteria is a marvel! When I grew some, I had trouble with bumblebees becoming quite agressive and hostile when it was in bloom — enough to nearly keep me out of the garden! I’ve never heard of anyone else having such difficulties. But it’s a beautiful plant, and I love your combination of it with Claire Martin 🙂

    • The bees infinite us they are only interested in the flowers so I’m not nervous. But I know some people are scared of the carpenter bees because they are so large.

    • Wisteria grows well here so it isn’t much better than others I see but I’m proud of the way I’ve primed it so that in winter it lets plenty of light into the windows and on summer gives us much needed shade.

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