While much of the UK has been bathed in sunshine (!!!or so I understand), central Italy is experiencing weather!!!!!
We have had the highest rainfall in the last three months since I have lived in Italy (15 years) this follows the coldest, longest winter which in turn was preceded by the hottest, driest summer on record.
Yesterday was a good gardening day up until 3.30 in the afternoon. It was warm, but not too hot with no wind. Then an electric storm which thundered around for an hour or so with wind that left many of the wisteria leaves shredded on the terrace. Torrential rain was interspersed with hail; hail that was made of quite large pieces of ice.
A similar pattern is predicted for most days this week. So far today hasn’t been quite so violent but it is raining heavily again and thunder rolled around and around for some time.
Hail causes dreadful damage and I could already see today that some of the tomato stems looked like they had measles where the ice had hit them. I hope they aren’t too badly damaged!
Many of the Iris flowers were damaged and some stems were knocked over so I have some more vases to enjoy!
The wind and hail even broke some of the stems of the Zinnia that were outside hardening off!!!!
Poor gardeners – what we have to deal with!