How can it be September already! This summer the orto has not seen its usual productivity, although we have produced enough for the two of us. This year the only plant we have had copious supplies of is tomatoes which we have frozen, bottled and dried in various quantities. We also dried some of our plums, but have eaten them all already as they were so tasty, not at all like the dried prunes one hated as a child! Fruit is something we have had in abundance this year with wonderful crops throughout the summer season starting with strawberries, cherries, apricots and most recently peaches more of which are still ripening. For the last couple of weeks we have also been enjoying our own figs, more than one can sensibly eat while fresh so we are drying some of these also. By the end of August last year we had harvested our apples but they are still not quite ripe enough yet which is late for this locality. Pears also will be ripe anytime soon and as the weeks fly by so quickly before we know it it will be time for the grape harvest.
We may not have had a productive season with vegetables but we have certainly made up for it with our fruit, which luckily we do eat a lot of, well over the recommended number of portions per day for a healthy diet.
It is time once again for me to share some of my favourite garden photos from the last month with you. Once again I have had difficulty selecting just a few from the ones I have taken over the last few weeks.
The interested gardeners and photographers amongst you will find the full album on Flickr. Our Garden In August
Here then is a selection of fourteen photographs from the month of August for you to enjoy.
Cacti are plants that I have come to like more since moving to Italy as they flower so beautifully here, which they never did, at least not for us in the UK.
Shady spot under the Persian Acacia.
General garden view looking westwards.
Shades of green, not much other colour at this time of the year.
Apart from wild chicory, the odd rose or two and container plants
Pear, it might not look perfect like the ones in the shops bit I can assure it will taste so much better!
More photos can be found in my Flickr album Our Garden In August