April 14th 2016

After writing in some detail about the area around the west side of the house including the Large Island I thought I would be moving on to other parts of the garden but each day (almost hour) brings new plants in flower so today is just a wander around the garden showing you what is new and catching my eye.

Beginning at the drive where the cars are parked, Rosa mutabilis is moving into full flower mode.

Rosa mutabilis

Rosa mutabilis

Sorry I can't resist showing the White wisteria again

Sorry I can’t resist showing the White wisteria again

Wisteria 'prolific' is now breaking into leaf

Wisteria ‘prolific’ is now breaking into leaf

In the Left hand border below the Melia, Chiosya ternata with Snow in Summer (Cerastium)

In the Left hand border below the Melia, Chiosya ternata with Snow in Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

White and green look very fresh.

The Photinia hedge is now flowering

The Photinia hedge is now flowering  the bees are going crazy!

Looking back towards the drive, the Upper Slope path has changed colour emphasis.  Yellow is taking over.

Looking back towards the drive, the Upper Slope path has changed colour emphasis. Yellow is taking over.

Iris

Iris

Iris

Iris Pure as Gold

Walking down the drive now to look at the slope; Purple irises and Eschscholzia californica are making the slope feel quite vibrant.

The slope is slowly turning orange from the Eschscholzia californica

The slope is slowly turning orange from the Eschscholzia californica

From the drive looking into the garden past the west facing terrace

From the drive looking into the garden past the west facing terrace

Texture and form - From the drive looking into the garden past the west facing terrace

Texture and form – From the drive looking into the garden past the west facing terrace

There are more plants flowers that weren’t yesterday but I think this is enough for today.  I hope you enjoyed your walk with me today.

 

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38 thoughts on “April 14th 2016

    • It is special to share the garden, especially with bloggers I know and count as friends. Weeding is always a battle that is lost, all those thousands of seeds from one plant – we have no chance at all.

  1. Oh, those daily discoveries are so exciting Christina – today mine was an erythronium. Your garden looks so abundant already and the texture and form stand out as much as the colour – lovely

  2. I always discover something new in your garden. I did not know the flowers of Photinia. I think it is frequently cut back too severely to encourage the bright red leaves. I have never admired it but I may be changing my mind now. Amelia

    • There are many positives to living in Italy,Alison; but some negatives too! There won’t be many flowers (apart from the cut flower beds) after the end of May.

  3. My inherited ‘Mutabilis’ rose doesn’t even look like the same species, Christina. (It’s planted on a slope and doesn’t really get the sun it needs.)

  4. What a pleasure it is to take a virtual turn about your garden with you, thank you Christina. I agree with Amelia’s comment that photinia is sometimes pruned successively for leaf colour yet even those left to their own devices rarely flower here. I prefer your specimen, it looks more at home in Italy.

  5. How lovely, summer seems to have arrived in your garden. So much to enjoy. Your Rosa mutabilis is a wonderful sight, mine never looks as good as that. And your gorgeous wisterias…I don’ t know how you can ever bear to go indoors.

    • I do spend a lot of time outside at this time of year and all meals except dinner are eaten outside. The Rosa mutabilis will have even more flowers in a week or so and then with very little irrigation will have a few flowers for a lot of the year.

  6. The divide between our English and Italian gardens is so marked at this time of year, its cold enough here to plant bare root still, although some watering if the rain stops will be needed later on. Your garden is so beautiful Christina, I love every view you have shown today. 🙂

    • Most of the days now are as warm as an English summer’s day Julie; Much more pleasant than when the summer really arrives. I’m very pleased to share these views with you.

  7. Yes, a very enjoyable walk around your garden again Christina. I don’t remember seeing photinia in flower before… it is hardly ever grown near us as it is a bit susceptible to strong frosts, but I do love the colourful foliage. That golden iris is gorgeous.

  8. Christina ha sido un verdadero placer el paseo por el jardín.Muchas gracias. Parece que estamos al comienzo del Verano en donde yo vivo. El rincón que más me ha gustado ha sido la ternata Melia con el Cerastum tomentosum. Y el Iris amarillo puro sublime. Saludos de Margarita. margarita141.

  9. Don’t worry about showing the Wisteria too many times. Flaunt it, I say! White Wisteria, Blue Wisteria, California Poppies, Rosa mutabilis – truly an embarrassment of riches. It must be a joy to walk in your garden now.

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