Tuesday View 1st August 2017

Opening the door to go into the garden, at the moment, feels very much like when you open the door of the oven when you’re baking bread!!! very hot indeed.  Our forecast tells me that this week we have cyclones arriving from Africa and that temperatures in my part of Italy will most likely be in the range of 41-43°C.  This is hotter than I have ever known since we arrived in late August 2003 (which had itself been a record breaking year for high temperatures.  For this reason I should have photographed my view early this morning; instead I ventured out at 5 pm.  Where my toes touched the gravel through my sandals they felt as if they were being burnt.   Continue reading

Tuesday View 27th June 2016

It continues to be hot!  I’ve been saying that for a month already, and I’ve had enough of the heat and so have my plants.  As there is very little chance of the temperatures falling and it is unlikely that it will rain in the near future I decided to start cutting back all the brown dead foliage on the perennials, remove the spent flowering stems of the Iris, annual lupin and remove some of the Stipa tenuissima where it is obscuring silver foliage plants that do at least look bright in the shimmering heat. Continue reading

Tuesday View 6th June 2017 – different again

After a week of intense heat the garden looks different again.  That’s why this meme hosted by Cathy at Words and Herbs is so useful in recording the changes of one area of the garden.  I should be as diligent in recording all the different views and borders but I’m not so I’m grateful to Cathy for challenging me to at least record one part of the garden each Tuesday. Continue reading

Tuesday View 2nd May 2017

Today it has been really pleasantly warm, even a slight breeze was welcome. There is even more Irises in my view today and many others around the garden; I think they deserve a post all to themselves later in the week, but for today I’m linking with Cathy at Words and Herbs where many of us choose to share one view of our gardens each week.  Why not join us, just link to Cathy’s post so we can all find you. Continue reading

Tuesday View – 25th April 2017

Today is a public holiday in Italy; an Italian friend described it as the day the Italians celebrate losing the war.  What ever it is for today is sunny with the wind coming from the south so not as cold as it has been.  Many have gone to the sea, not to swim but to enjoy the beach and have a good meal in a restaurant. Continue reading