15 Aug 2013

August Days


A field of sunflowers in the Roman countryside taken from an early morning train window was the last image of Italian flowers that we saw in July as we travelled back to the UK last month. We plan to return soon and I'm sure there will be further posts on our way of life in rural Italy.
Meanwhile, with extra family members around during the Summer life is never dull and there are opportunities for enjoying some meals together using some of our produce.







DH's motto that was given to him by one of the children and is now hanging in the potting area of the garage is very true and at this time of the year we continue to wait for some fruit to ripen whilst enjoying the produce that has been harvested such as broad and French beans, peas and soft fruits, or waiting to be picked or lifted from the ground. The allotment is now full of tomatoes, garlic, onions, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes and the sweetcorn and squashes will be ready next month with more plum tomatoes (San Marzano), chili peppers and sweet peppers in the covered way.  



  



  

17 comments:

  1. the purple flowers are awesome, i love sunflowers, and the garden shots are beautiful. I LOVE that last one of the melon, the colors are beautiful. that ipad takes great shots

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  2. It's a great time of year isn't it. Hard keeping up with all the produce. I think I grew too much!
    I love the colour of that clematis.
    Happy birthday Mr Gardener!

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  3. Love the drops on that purple flower... AWESOME..... Love your hubby's gardening motto... Sew/Weed/Water/Wait.... We do the same thing other than the fact that we fertilize along the way. The weeds here this summer have taken over due to the excess rains.... We TRY to keep the weeds out --but it 'taint' easy!!!!!!

    Great set of photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  4. What a lovely post. It just ke[t on getting better and better. You opened with that delightful field of sunflowers, then turned to all those gorgeous flowers and topped it off with some stunning veg.....not to mention gathering and delicious spreads! Any room around that table for me???? So jealous you're going back to Italy so soon.xxxx

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  5. Grandson No. 3 has taken some great photos - your tomatoes are much riper than ours - I think I was a bit late getting them in.

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  6. Lovely photos from your garden.
    I just love this time of year for all the garden gifts.
    Tomatoes are coming from our garden now, plus an unknown variety of squash.

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  7. As usual your photos are amazing! Oh my gosh that purple flower.... perfection!
    Tammy x

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  8. The field of sunflowers is stunning, lovely to see them en masse like that. Your grandson has taken some wonderful photos on his ipad, I particularly like the clematis covered in raindrops. It sounds like you've got a month of celebrations. Happy Birthday to your hubby, it was my hubby's birthday on Wednesday.

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  9. I'm always struck with the beauty here. I especially like your banner photo with the blue pots.

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  10. One of my abiding memories of visiting Italy was waking up on the coach at around 5a.m. and seeing a see of yellow sunflowers either side of the road we were on - it was just breathtaking. Your plum tomatoes look wonderful and the purple clematis is stunning. I hope you enjoy all your family celebrations:)

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    1. ooops - or even a sea of yellow sunflowers:)

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  11. I love the purple flower! And the soothing softness of the roses. The bee pics are awesome. I'm working on getting better at taking pics of bugs and such.
    I enjoyed looking at your garden. I have been sporadic in my reading and writing this summer.

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  12. By the way, I love your header---gorgeous! :>)

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  13. Those Sunflowers are amazing, what a sight that must be to actually see (other than photo. Your allotment is picture perfect, I dream of mine looking something like that. x

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  14. Beautiful series of photos!

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  15. Some really lovely photos here, Linda, and I'm in awe at the productivity of Mr Gardener, both in foodstuffs and beautiful flowers. I could do with a Mr Gardener myself, but sadly I think it's too late for my DH to learn. :-)

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  16. Oh my, your garden looks wonderful and what beautiful tomatoes!

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