The end of May is here and we had a dilemma last week because our cherries were already ripe and ready for harvesting. There is a local tradition that cherries should never be harvested before the first of June, this is a as problem everything is so much earlier this year and they are ready! If we had postponed the harvest until our return from a wedding next weekend the birds might well have had them all! Unlike our neighbours we have not obtained dead magpies to hang in the cherry trees to keep such predators at bay. Last year they were not ready to harvest until mid June so this situation did not arise.
In fact it is interesting that in my garden post for May last year I was bemoaning the lack of sun and the fact that the garden was suffering from an excess of water. This year the spring weather has been hotter and drier after a very cold and dry winter. Our Garden in May 2010 The orto has also suffered with no potatoes germinating, last year they rotted, everything else is very slow to get going this year, even the strawberries, but hopefully growth will catch up soon now the weather is warmer and we have started watering.
A busy time ahead and a wedding to enjoy means I will be away from my computer until at least the middle of next week. When I return I will post about this years Sagra del Latterino and The Cherry Harvest. Here are the links to last years posts if you would like some information in the meantime. XXXV Sagra del Latterino 2010 Cherry Harvest 2010
I also hope you will enjoy the selection of some of my favourite photographs of our garden taken during the last month, that I have chosen to share. The full album is also available to view on Flickr.com where you can view all the photographs in full size or as a slideshow.
The Roses have been beautiful this month, particularly the deep coloured rose that climbs amongst the Kiwis.
Rose climbing over the kiwis
May has altogether been an excellent month for flowering plants with Philadelphus, Roses, Irises, Gazenia, Sweetpeas, Fuschias, Lilies, Impatiens. Lobelia, Cactus, Lantana, Tradescantia, Geraniums, Yucca, Verbena and both Wild Poppies and Californian ones all producing beautiful blooms.
As this is very much a productive garden it is good to note that besides the cherries and strawberries ripening this month, that our other produce is progressing well, with even buds starting to appear on the olive trees.
Peaches and Pears
The lettuce have done very well!
Finally as promised for a friend a selection of our plantings on the terrace and front porch. Gazenias, Cactus, Geraniums and Verbena.
Lobelia and Lantana
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I hope you have enjoyed sharing this peep at our garden plants this month and remember if you would like to see more photographs of the garden taken during 2011 please visit the collection of albums at Flickr.com Our Garden 2011