Just when I was beginning to think that autumn was arriving and that the temperatures were dropping Italy has again been in the clutches of a hot cyclone from Africa bringing hot winds that feel as if a hairdryer is being into your face when you step out of the door.
The temperatures have hovered around 35°C since last Friday and aren’t set to drop until Thursday or Friday when thunderstorms are predicted. Continue reading
I can report that it is a little cooler at night but the daytime temperatures are still at record highs; 38°C for much of the day which translates to 100°F. 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
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