Since last Saturday it has been perfect gardening weather. I have taken full advantage; I weeded and mulched the two evergreen shrub beds and weeded and cut back the now combined circular rose bed and small island – still haven’t thought of a proper name for this bed yet! Continue reading
The promised frost arrived during the night. I awoke to a sparkling, frosty garden. Continue reading
Welcome to GBFD; I promised when I said that I wouldn’t be posting every month any more that I would post if I thought there was something worth sharing with you.
I complain most years that there is no autumn colour in my garden except for the Pomegranate, that changes to a lovely buttery yellow each year. Continue reading
October has been the most glorious month (so far, as we have been promised storms and rain from Sunday). I am now sure that autumn is my favourite season. The gardens comes back to life (literally) after the furnace that is summer; Early September saw some lovely rain but October has been dry. Continue reading
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
After writing yesterday that it was unlikely that we would have any rain before September, I awoke to a very cloudy sky and a nice cool breeze. At about 8 am there were a few drops of rain, but so few that washing I had on the line drying still dried very quickly but then at about 9 am the rain came down in earnest accompanied by thunder and lighting. It rained steadily for about half an hour, the garden was transformed; mostly I think because all the dust was washed from the foliage it was as if all the plants signed with relief, I know I was energised by the change in temperature, but then……. Continue reading
Now that there are so many changes in the garden every time I walk around I think the time is right to begin regularly showing the same view (as last year) on Tuesdays. Cathy at Words and Herbs (our host for this meme) will, I’m sure, also begin posting on a regular basis very soon. Continue reading