In the week I was away from home enjoying the rain (I’m not being ironic) in Devon the weather has changed in Italy too.
No longer the intense heat of summer but now the pleasant warmth of early autumn AND it has rained! I have become so accustomed to having flowers in the house that my first thought was to pick some flowers for a vase; so these were picked on Saturday but not arranged until Sunday. Continue reading
I’m not very often late with my post for ‘In a vase on Monday’ hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the garden. My excuse is that it was my birthday yesterday which is also Viterbo’s patron saint’s day. I have written about Santa Rosa before and I’ll post some images of this years celebration later in the week. On the eve of the day a 100 foot high tower is carried through the streets of the city and the evening ends with a wonderful fireworks display which seems to be directed at the windows of our apartment in the city so I often celebrate my birthday there with friends so we can all enjoy the fireworks and the excitement of the evening together. Continue reading
Where would I be without Zinnias and Dahlias in the cut flower beds to provide me with cut flowers from June until the first frosts which could be as late as November; in fact I’m more likely to pull the Zinnias out because the foliage has become so scruffy before they actually stop flowering. What is really surprising to me is that I had never grown either until I started growing flowers to cut for the house. Continue reading
I didn’t have a lot of success with germinating or growing on sunflower seeds this year so it is indeed fortunate that the seeds left to their own devices in the cut flower beds last year, did grow and lucky too that I recognised them for what they were. Continue reading
I’m pleased to report that there has been rain! The garden is relieved and I am beginning to be able to think again as the temperatures dropped over the weekend by 10°C. It is back to hot during the day but now at least early mornings, evenings and at night are positively fresh. Tomorrow is Ferragosto, the Italian ‘unofficial’ end of summer! Now onto the flowers. Continue reading
Monday is the day that Cathy at Rambling in the Garden asks us to pick and share flowers from our own gardens; today she has a surprise for us. Continue reading
After deciding not to blog, read posts or comments during the month of July, I am back today to join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for the popular In a vase on Monday meme. Thank you to those of you who emailed to check if I was alright; your kind thoughts were much appreciated. I am back now in My Hesperides Garden although I have to admit that with the very high temperatures the garden is not giving me very much pleasure at the moment. If it were not for the cut flower beds I think I would just want to go away until September and (hopefully) the autumn rains. Continue reading