The season is racing ahead. Yesterday there was just one variety of bearded iris flowering, already today there are three!
Cistus are flowering too.
But before I rush forever forward towards summer; I wanted to the share the the remaining tulips which have given me so much pleasure this year. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
The greenhouse is overflowing with seedlings! They need to grow a little more, so that I can begin planting them out. I am already hardening-off some of the plants; this is more to acclimatise them to the strong sun than the cold nights as temperatures aren’t falling below 9 or 10°C. Continue reading
Every year at about this time, we visit the peony farm. The exquisite beauty that peonies have is very short lived which means that I don’t devote any space to them in the garden; but I immensely enjoy going to see them all flowering en-mass. Continue reading
I read D H Lawrence’s Etruscan Places when we moved to Italy in 2003. The place where we live was Etruscan, and their presence can be felt all around us. I’ve even found tiny fragments of their pottery when digging in the garden. Continue reading
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!
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. Continue reading
You will be aware that I love tulips and luckily they grow well in my very free draining soil. Tulips hate summer wet which is why in the UK it is usual to lift and store them for replanting the following autumn – that is a lot of work so when I lived in England I usually treated them as annuals and planted them in pots. Continue reading