Another week of thunderstorms almost every afternoon; so the pattern of our days shifts. Still we rise early most days as the morning continues to be the most comfortable time to work outside but now there is not such a need to rest in the afternoon. The cuttings beds are still producing good pickings of Dahlias and Zinnias and it is the Zinnias that are the stars for me today; I love the rich intensity of their colours. Continue reading
It is probably a couple of years since I wrote about the vegetable garden. This is partly because I know my seasons are very different to most of my readers and so not very helpful for comparisons or advice. Plus although the seasons vary I grow mostly the same crops every year. However after I received so many comments about the plate of tomatoes I showed at the end of last Monday’s vase post, I thought a post about one method I use to conserve my tomatoes might be of interest. Continue reading
When I was picking the flowers for today’s vase, I thought I would probably make two arrangements, one pink and one white but once I started putting the stems in the vase I decided that I would prefer one larger arrangement so mixed the two colours together. It is often a surprise what goes into a vase to join with Cathy at Rambling in the garden for this addictive meme. Continue reading
I am back home again after a week escaping to the cool of the mountains to stay with friends in Rovereto and Asiago. The garden is now in drought survival mode, the only flowers are those in the cut flower beds where there is irrigation! I know that it has been hot in the UK but you need to add 5 to 8″C to that temperature to have any idea of the heat here. We did have a thunderstorm with a good amount of rain on Saturday afternoon so the situation is not as bad as last year, just think of the poor gardeners in Spain where it has been 45″C this weekend.