I’d like to thank all of you who left comments or sent emails to check that we were Okay after the earthquake yesterday morning. I have to admit that this shock was terrifying! It seemed to go on forever (probably in reality only a minute) and the house really shook this time; I believed that it wasn’t possible that it would stay standing after shaking so much; all my friends here said they had never experienced anything so strong. What of course I was thinking of while it was happening was “where is the epicentre?” and ” I hope there is no loss of life”. Thankfully most of the hill towns had already been evacuated after a couple of less shocks on Thursday evening. My fear now is that these are not aftershocks but are all pre-shocks for something bigger; I hope that this isn’t the case. Continue reading
It has been ages since I posted anything that wasn’t either ‘In a vase on Monday’, my ‘Tuesday View’ or about foliage for Garden bloggers’ Foliage day. There is a reason for the lack of posts – during the long hot period of drought the garden wants to sleep much as it would do in a northern winter, but to me the period of rest is less tranquil than sleeping under a blanket of snow; the plants fight to survive, the dormancy a forced shutdown that leaves even many drought tolerant plants looking dreadful and herbaceous plants and deciduous trees look as if they are slowly cooking. Continue reading
Welcome to Garden Bloggers’ Foliage Day, the post where I urge you to consider and appreciate the benefits that foliage gives to your garden. Continue reading
After the long, hot, dry summer when even the most drought tolerant plants aren’t looking at their best it takes me a while to start enjoying the garden again. The only things that keep me interested in summer are the vegetable garden and the cut flower beds. Continue reading
A day late due to rain yesterday afternoon when I was about to take the photographs but I’m sure Cathy at Words and Herbs won’t mind.
When I wrote my post for IaVoM there was a terrific storm, enough water fell in a very short time to fill the hollows around the evergreens planted last year, even when I use a hose it is difficult for them to be filled in such a short time; but the storm passed and from 10 am on it was a sunny if slightly chilly day. Continue reading
Last weekend while moving some trays of pots I found this:
Does that slight bulge you can see above mean it was digesting something?
From its markings and its size (small) we identified it as Asp viper, Vipera aspis – yes, that’s the one the Cleopatra supposedly used to commit suicide. I think it is probably what bit me a couple of years ago but that time I didn’t even see it.
It will teach me to wear gloves and socks and shoes rather than sandals!
A second post from me today as I was late posting In a vase on Monday. Tuesday is when Cathy at Words and Herbs asks us to share one view of our garden (whatever state it might be in!). It’s a great way to understand how a border or bed changes through the year; it can be surprising how much it can even change in a week. Continue reading