It is windy today, VERY WINDY. It is also the coldest it has been since last winter. At 2 pm it is 4.7°C according to the forecast on my phone. Having just been for a short walk I’m sure that’s right, especially if the wind chill is factored in. The wind speed is between 33 and 44 km/hour; almost all the remaining leaves from the trees in the garden are now on the ground. Continue reading
I am finding it impossible to believe that it is time for December GBBD. As you will see from the slideshow of what’s flowering today in My Hesperides Garden, the range of blooms would lead you to believe that is was late May. So Carol at Maydreams who hosts this great meme would be happy in my garden today. Please visit her to see what’s blooming around the world today; don’t forget it’s nearly midsummer in the southern hemisphere, so forget the winter blues and visit these summer gardens.
Almost all the roses have some blooms, they had more before the rain on Monday but hey, it’s December. Other plants I wouldn’t expect to see blooming now (would I really expect anything?) is Lavender, the Philadelphus, and the orange Abutilon – this seems to have more flowers than at any time during this year.
Looking back at last December, there were quite a lot of roses then too and one Lavender plant had flowers, but a different variety than the one flowering now. But I also posted images of frost covered foliage in early December 2010 and we haven’t had any yet this year although snow is forecast for next Monday! With this in mind I moved the pots of lemons, limes and oranges into the greenhouse which suddenly feels very small (what will I do when the citrus all grow?). I picked the limes before moving them, they are losing their green colour, I think they are over ripe; I’m surprised there are 18 limes, I’m going to juice them freezing some juice for Thai recipes and I may drink the rest, I like lime juice.
I should have taken the photographs yesterday as it was a calm sunny day, but I like to be honest and take the photos on the day I’m actually writing the post and today was cloudy, dull and worse for the photographs it was very windy. I apologise now that some images are not focused as well as they should be. Please click on the image below to see everything that is blooming today.
Despite the numerous flowers in the garden to be really honest what I’m enjoying most is the structure of the garden and the foliage; don’t forget to join me on 22nd December for GBFD (Garden Bloggers Foliage Day) – forget the presents, forget the Mince pies and the shopping, get out into the garden and see what foliage is performing for you.
If you’re new to GBFD you can hopefully be inspired to write a post yourself by viewing last month’s post here.
Today is the day when Garden bloggers all over the world share what is flowering in their gardens. To see what’s happening in other climates and even different seasons visit Carol at MayDreams. She is our host for this fascinating view of what’s happening; thank you Carol. It is also a holiday here in Italy, the last of summer and for some reason always makes me feel a bit sad – strange as usually the warm days continue until the end of October or even longer if we’re lucky. Actually this year the hot weather is forecast to begin again this week so who knows what is going to happen.
How quickly another GBBD is upon us! It seems only yesterday that I was posting for July. This year has been very different in the garden. April, May and June were unseasonably hot; but during July and August the temperatures have been significantly lower than most years AND there has been rain. Very heavy rain during the first week of July and at the end and even August has also had some rain. Maybe even more significant has been that the night-time temperatures have been about 10°C lower than the norm. The garden has loved it. There are far more flowers for this GBBD than last. The garden is full of colour and texture.
I suppose I am slightly surprised that even the plants chosen for their drought tolerance are actually far happier with some rain and cooler weather. I’m not sure why I should be so surprised; many of these plants also grow well in the UK with even more rain and lower temperatures. Roses have flowered for much of July and some are continuing now as you can see in the slideshow.
Roses in flower now include: R. Westerland, R. Clair Matin, R. William Shakespeare, R. Tradescant, R. Queen of Sweden, R. Gertrude Jekyll, R. Sophie’s Perpetual, R. Molineux, R Rush, R. Mutabilis (this hasn’t been without flowers since April), R. Scepter’d Isle, R Stanwell Perpetual and the beautiful R. Sally Holmes whose flowers form a bouquet all on their own.
The formal beds of Perovskia have remained a cloud of blue; in the past they have lost their intensity of colour during August only to re-flower with the rains that usually come in September.
. The surrounding lavender was cut back at the end of July and is already sending out new growth. I know is going to sound crazy but I actually prefer the lavender when it is pruned into a neat hedge than when it full of flower and bees. I am considering removing the Lavender and putting in Myrtle but they are expensive so I would need to produce them myself from cuttings. Knowing how slowly they grow this just might take too long!
All the grasses are looking lovely, I may have said it before but it remains true that I think I could be happy just gardening with grasses.
In the Small Island I added two more Penisetum villosum to the one existing plant; last year this formed a very beautiful mound and I thought that three would make a good statement – I acted without knowing the this Penestum was obviously very happy in this particular spot and this year is huge almost filling the space I envisaged for three plants; I’m happy though because they have all been in flower for a while now and I love the soft bottlebrush heads especially in the evening light with the fading sun behind them.
I am amazed that the Abutilon that was dead to the ground from the cold winter (it had been a large bush of about 1.8 m by 1.8 m) has grown from the base and is now about 1.5 m high although of course not such a large spread yet but it is flowering!
Click here to see a slideshow of all that is flowering in my Hesperides Garden.
Happy GBBD to everyone who shares the blooms in their garden today.