Ca’ Rossa, indeed
I took this post title from Mr. Kininvie last comment: yes, Ca’ Rossa, indeed!
When I started this blog the renovation of the house had already started, so people used to have some issues about the ‘name’ of my house. The renovation is not coming to an end yet but I am very happy to see my house a little more presentable than before.
The ‘before’ picture was taken in july 2010, the ‘after’ has been snapped this morning.
Painting the house has been a very challenging task, it took me about one whole week and my father came over to help me. The week has been chosen carefully, it wasn’t supposed to rain, I feared it would have ruined the job, so what’s better than the hottest week in ages?! We had two anticyclones from Africa: one called ‘Scipione’ (aka Publius Cornelius Scipio, the ancient roman general who defeated Hannibal in Africa) and the one we are dying for lately which is called ‘Caronte’ (Charon) and is really carrying us to hell! We have about 35°C during daytime with a rather high percentage of humidity, which makes you feel about 40°C. Nights are not that different.
The garden is looking good though, so good that I started with some snaps to the house and ended quickly running after butterflies and photographing the garden.
When I choose the shade of red for the house I was really bothered: I feared that it could be too much orange or too much maroon, that a so big red feature in the garden (yes that is what I conseider the house) would have clashed with everything around but at the end of the day I’m quite pleased with my final choice. The colour changes a little according to the sunlight and it gives emphasis to the garden, instead of clashing.
In a little spot, in the gravel garden, I planted a Sally Holmes from cutting. The rose came in a small plastic pot along with a dipsacus sylvestris (a native plant that I love), a bronze fennel and a little euphorbia. Dipsacus, fennel and euphorbias doesn’t like to be transplanted, so I didn’t have the courage to touch them. Now everything is growing packed in a very little space but I hope all the annuals will self seed around and then die, leaving the rose to grow.
The bunch seems to provide a great interest amongst all sorts of bugs, including Swallowtail caterpillar that are savaging the fennel but I guess it worths it.
I also spotted a very elegant shelter bug, in a striped black and red suit by Jean Paul Gaultier, I guess.
As I said the garden is looking rather pretty, getting ready for the grasses prime time, meanwhile it looks like a kaleidoscope, I wonder how the plants can stand this heat: I’ll watch them from the window!