The Slope on Thursday Is it the first week in December?

Again this week the weather has been weird.  Monday was not cold and there was some sun during the day but as soon as it was dark, the heavens opened with thunder, heavy rain and both sheet and forked lightening.  This was followed on Tuesday by the perfect day, very warm, very possibly 20°C, sun and no wind all day.  That evening I turned the heating off, it had only been on a few days as it was.  Then came Wednesday!  I was woken by the sound of the wind blowing, howling, it was throwing our very heavy outside chairs to the ground.  A lot more leaves have come down whether they were ready or not.  Plus there was more rain until about 4pm when the sun came out, so I rushed to take some photographs as the forecast for today  was much the same as yesterday , but in fact it has been grey, mild and as I write now at 4pm is foggy in the distance. Continue reading

In a vase on Monday and a bit of catch up

Having been away for the best part of a week followed by a busy weekend this post has to be a catch up on what I missed.

So I’ll begin with the long view, linking with Heather at Xeric Style. Lots of colour from the Eschscholzia californica and Cistus in today’s view from the top room window.

The Long View

The Long View

Lots of colour in the Large Island

Lots of colour in the Large Island

Edge of Large Island

Edge of Large Island

Upper drive border

Upper drive border

This is the cyprus that I stand by to photograph the images of the Slope on Thursday

This is the cyprus that I stand by to photograph the images of the Slope on Thursday

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The Long View April 2014

Today is the day Heather at Xeric Style posts about the Long View.  Why not join in you oly need one image showing a wide or long view that you will show each month.

I find these posts far more interesting than ones about individual flowers as a garden is more than the sum of its parts!

The long view with just a glimpse of the Wisteria which is flowering now.

The long view with just a glimpse of the Wisteria which is flowering now.

Zomming in to see the detail in the crimson zone actually just to the left of the wide view today

Zomming in to see the detail in the crimson zone actually just to the left of the wide view today

As I was leaning out of the window to take today’s images, solitary bees were buzzing loudly trying to find homes in the warm tuffo wall.

Tulip 'Negrita' in the Upper Drive border with Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis'

Tulip ‘Negrita’ in the Upper Drive border with Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’

Tulip 'Negrita' in the Large Island

Tulip ‘Negrita’ in the Large Island

Tulip 'Purple Dream' with the froth of new growth os fennel

Tulip ‘Purple Dream’ with the froth of new growth of fennel

Catching up

I’m late with the long view, sorry but Heather at Xericstyle who hosts this meme hasn’t posted yet either!

The Long view showing a nice variation in foliage colour

The Long view showing a nice variation in foliage colour

The view has opened a lot where the Leylandii were removed

The view has opened a lot where the Leylandii were removed

Here are the new beds created where the olive was before

Here are the new beds created where the olive was situated before

For some almost wordless Wednesday images of how spring is progressing.

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

Iris reticulata

Lonicera fragrantissima is smelling wonderful

Lonicera fragrantissima is smelling wonderful

Anemone Sylphide

Anemone Sylphide

Sunny crocus

Sunny crocus

A strange sight: Euphorbia rigida and Rosa Rimosa

A strange sight: Euphorbia rigida flowering at the same time as Rosa Rimosa