We are always grateful that we have family members who look after our house and garden in both England and Italy when we are away from either of them. However, it's a while since we were in Italy and we knew that there would be a lot of tidying up to do such as mowing the grass and clipping shrubs and hedges during our time there this month.
At the back of the house the former vineyard, now cut down and laid to grass, had become a meadow!
The grassy areas and trees in the front of the house also needed attention although our brother-in-law had been busy keeping the ground under the vines clean and tidy.
He had made a broom with twigs and a bamboo handle to sweep the dried leaves and it works really well.
Our flowering shrubs and other plants have to be those that need little attention and will still produce blooms in season. At the moment the pink variety of oleander looks pretty and the evergreen jasmine flowers produce a lovely perfume in the warm Summer months and attract the butterflies and bees. Even the wild flowers in the long grass are various and attractive.