We have just had a two day storm here, with a force ten gale at night. Three boats were wrecked in the harbour at Corfu town, and one was washed up on a rock in Garitsa Bay. Nicos of Gallinis was up half the night looking after the boats that were tethered to his jetty. Now after a deluge of rain everything is looking much greener and fresher, and we are back to beautiful weather for our last two days. When I come back in October I have decided to try and plant two grapefruit trees if I can find a place for them. They have the additional advantage of being evergreen. Thomas has a grapefruit tree down at Oneiro, and he brought us up a basket of about thirty and I have never tasted anything so delicious.
The branches of my persimmon tree are literally groaning with fruit, so much so that I worry they might split. When we come back half way through October I am hoping that they will have turned from green to orange. The tecomaria capensis is not flowering yet, though down in the streets of Kassiopi it is. Sometimes it is difficult to get things out here to coincide their flowering period when we are here. We are thinking of getting Jiannis if he has time in the winter, to cobble our courtyard, which I think would transform it. Some of our rosemary has died back, I dont really know why, t hough the tulbaghias are flowering well, unlike in England, where I dont think they have flowered at all. It has been too cold and rainy I should think. One of the stars here is Arbutus Unedo, the strawberry tree, which grows wild here, and has strawberry like fruits in October. If possible I veer towards evergreen plants so you have something to look at all the year round. We have a lot of the Kermes Oak which seeds everywhere and is almost a nuisance. You would think it was a holly except for its little acorn. We have two Cycas Revoluta at the front of the house, which are from coastal areas of Japan, and they are doing very well. I am fast going off Lantana, as they have no real form in the winter, but I shall have to be very surreptitious in removing them as James never stops saying how much he likes them!