I see the slope every time I come home; it forms the right side of the drive with the olive trees to the left.
I’ve written a lot in the past about how the slope was planted with plants that were already growing well in other parts of the garden and especially with plants that were happy enough to be self seeding. Looking at the planting now I find it very interesting how the different plants form colonies and drifts with little interference from me. Continue reading
For a couple of years I posted about the slope every Thursday enjoying seeing the changes week by week, month by month; for this Thursday 19 th May I thought it might be good to look at it again. Continue reading
It is a while since I’ve posted about the slope. I did take some photographs last week but then my laptop decided that it needed a rest and wouldn’t work; I am backing up almost every time I use it as I am sure it is going to break down very soon – I’m nursing it along as I really don’t want to buy a new one at this moment (apart from not knowing whether to change to Apple or continue with Microsoft – any thoughts on this would be gratefully accepted!)
Did I mention how hot it has been since we returned from the US? The slope is perfect for showing you what high temperatures, free draining soil and no rain since the beginning of June can do. Continue reading
The weather has been more spring-like in the last week than earlier in the month when it was much more like summer. The hot weather means that many of the roses have already bloomed and finished! During this week the temperatures have been pleasant with rain on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, which the garden and I were very pleased to see. Continue reading
The past week has had mixed weather; hot and sunny but cold, overcast and windy at the weekend, then hot again on Monday and Tuesday, overcast again on Wednesday and rain is forecast for today but as yet it’s sunny. Continue reading
Spring never really warmed up in the way it has done in other years. The evenings remained cool and mornings fresh. This week has been the first time when I have gone out into the garden in the morning with just a T-shirt rather than a fleece, and a long sleeved-fleece at that! Continue reading
The sun is shining after a couple of days of rain and the slope is glowing with the bright, happy flowers of Eschscholzia californica (Californian poppy). Continue reading
At last it really does feel like spring weather has arrived. For the first time this year I have actively sought out a shady spot when I’ve been in the garden because the sun is so hot. The images for this post were taken on Wednesday late afternoon, at about 5.45 and just look how bright it is! Continue reading
The wind dropped today and instead of an icy wind this afternoon was positively hot, I may even have sunburn! This afternoon I planted the Dahlias in between the rows of Narcissi; I watered them well and will now avidly await their shoots showing above ground.
The bright light has bleached the colours in the images which were taken at about 5pm this afternoon.
What time do you usually photograph your garden? Early morning and very late afternoon are considered the best times but maybe you want the bright light of the middle of the day. Do you consciously try to capture different lights?