Here is the late afternoon view from Casa Debbio. I arrived in time for sunset and a few hours of watering the garden.
Filippo has done a great job keeping the garden alive through one of the hottest summers in many years in Italy. He was here every second day keeping water up to my new plants. Those planted last year did well and the newly planted ones have survived.
The tomato plants are still covered in little red, shiny globes.
Some of the hydrangeas are still flowering.
The new pomegranate tree has ripening fruit, not much, but it is a start.
The geraniums planted around the barbecue are putting on a great show.
The lavender is past its prime, but you can see that it has grown very well.
Some plants have thrived in the heat.
Chestnuts are ripening.
A lizard with a new tail enjoys some sun on our frog.
In the morning light autumn colours are showing on the hill opposite.
As the house has been empty for over a week, the mufloni, deer and porcupines have visited and chewed up some things. The raspberry plants have been stripped of their leaves, along with the roses and azaleas.
The porcupines actually push pots over to get at the contents. I would like to catch one in the act.
I don’t mind too much that the animals come in at the end of the season, the leaves will fall off soon anyway. There isn’t much I can do about it, short of standing guard all day and night.
Standing looking at this view is no hardship.
It is great to be back. I have some serious pruning to do, some planting of bulbs for next spring and working to get the garden ready for winter…all good.