Hello to you all. Some of you have been kind enough to email me asking how we are surviving in Italy when I know the headlines around the world are suggesting conditions are dire here. Yet me reassure you that we are well. Continue reading
With the rain even the Zinnias are looking fresher and producing quite prolifically again.
There are Zinnias, Asters including ‘Monte Cassino’, Holy Basil flowers and seed heads and some Achillea.
Above a larger arrangement in the sitting room with the same flowers as above with the addition of Perovskia.
With my thanks to Cathy at ‘ Rambling in the Garden’ who hosts this popular meme.
I have been using my phone for my recent posts. Do you notice any difference in the quality of the images?
In August I hate the garden. Everything, including supposedly drought tolerant plants like Cistus) looks dead. But then September usually brings some relief with slightly lower temperatures and some rain – this year a lot of rain.
I hope your garden is giving you pleasure at this time of year.
Every year at this time the Jerusalem artichokes begin to flower.
They look quite amazing in the garden.
The tallest that are supporting themselves on the dead Leylandii must be well over 2 metres tall. I find it impossible to thin the tubers out enough to get a harvestable crop, but I do enjoy the flowers as it is lovely to have something different at this time of year.
The other September flower is of course what we used to call Asters (that’s what I’m still calling them). Here they are even called Setembrini.
So I filled a large vase with just these two flowers.
Placed on the mantle shelf in the sitting room, I’m enjoying this splash of colour very much.
It’s looking a bit the worse for wear now because it is so hot., but the Zinnias and Dahlias are doing quite well.
This week another vase from me that was a gift for my lunch hostess yesterday. On this occasion when I asked what I could bring she said she would love flowers from my garden – a real compliment as flowers are rarely a hostess gift here (only I seem to do it).
So the flowers where picked yesterday and as I know she loves flowers I tried to take what is best at this moment in my garden, and that has to be Irises! Continue reading