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
A second post from me today as I was late posting In a vase on Monday. Tuesday is when Cathy at Words and Herbs asks us to share one view of our garden (whatever state it might be in!). It’s a great way to understand how a border or bed changes through the year; it can be surprising how much it can even change in a week. Continue reading
I apologise to those of you who were expecting a report on the cut flower beds today but when I wrote the post yesterday I had forgotten that Tuesday is not the day to join Cathy at Words and Herbs and show one view of the garden each week to see how it changes or not as the case may be. Continue reading
Yesterday the wind blew all day so that it was impossible to take any photographs and it was exhausting just being outside. My washing was dry almost as soon as I hung it out. This morning the light was beautiful so I wanted to capture some of its magic. Continue reading
Continuing with our walk around my springtime garden.
Yesterday morning the light was very bright and shining through some of the foliage in a rather delightful way. Continue reading
I’ve decided to use Wordless Wednesday to share views of the garden I’m enjoying each week. Often these don’t find there way into other posts which seems a shame. Continue reading
As I mentioned in my last post we had our first rain for over a month during Monday night plus the temperatures have dropped this week by about 10°C, making it again possible to work in the garden with some degree of comfort at least for most of the morning and in late afternoon. Today I worked on until 1.30pm and it was hotter than I at first realised! Caution is needed, I was wearing a hat! Continue reading
Eschscholzia californica Thai Silk Series
While I love the usual bright orange Eschscholzia, it is not a colour I want to predominate all over the garden; on the slope it is perfect.
Some very good American friends brought me some packets of seed of the Thai Silk series; I’m not sure why but I thought they might not be as strong a plant, or as easy to cultivate as the more customary wild orange variety.
From the RHS:
Preferred common name: California poppy Thai Silk Series
Eschscholzia can be annuals or perennials, with finely divided leaves and solitary, long-stalked, poppy-like yellow, orange or red flowers, followed by conspicuous long seed-pods
Thai Silk Series are annuals with attractively dissected, blue-green foliage and single or more often semi-double flowers 4-6cm wide, in a range of shades of cream, yellow, orange, pink and red, sometimes with a cream centre.
Cultivation: Will thrive in poor, well-drained soil but they need full sun for the flowers to open. Can be grown as a drought-tolerant container plant. Good for exposed or coastal areas
They began flowering in the middle of April and made some nice combinations with tulips, especially in the Large Island.
I am removing the orange and yellow flowered plants from the Large Island and hoping that it will be all shades of pink, white, cream and pale yellow in the autumn.
Here’s a selection of some of the beautiful colours. I really like the pleated texture that some of them display.
They are making seed pods now but are continuing to flower. I will cut them down when they have finished flowering but after they’ve spread their seed. Last year they flowered again as soon as the first rain of late summer arrived. At present they are filling so many spaces that it is hard to imagine the garden without them.
What is the first thing you do when you arrive home after a few days away?
Last evening when I arrived home from Chelsea, I didn’t even open the door of the house but immediately needed to walk around the garden to satisfy myself that all was well.
The sun was going down do the light was coming from a low angle and the garden seemed magical to me.
Even more of the roses were blooming, Madonna lilies were opening and Stipa tenuissima was wafting about in the wind, tempting me to run my fingers through it.
I hate being away from home at this time of year, all the more because later in summer it will be too hot and many plants will go into summer hibernation so this is really the moment for abundance in the garden. I did enjoy the Chelsea Flower Show and when I get my thoughts together I’ll post about my impressions.