This was the view yesterday evening from Casa Margherita after another day of blue skies and high temperatures. In the middle distance there is Trevi and then in the background you can just make out the Rocca at Spoleto.
The olives trees are now in full bloom and they produce an incredible amount of pollen which covers everything. Here you can see our solar panels are covered with a film of the yellow pollen.
The olive trees have just started to flower. This year they seem to full of bud so if they transition from bud to flower to olive then we could be looking at having a good harvest.
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We have noticed in the last couple of days a couple of olive trees have suffered this damage and have been wondering what could have caused it? Wild boar and porcupine do not make this sort of tree markings. Deer will however make this sort of mark. Male buck deer will mark tree trunks in this way to define territory and to attract female deer. This also makes sense as we saw a couple of deer in the grove earlier in the year.
Lots of people in the grove at the moment as it wild asparagus season. The light rains and heavy dews recently have provided ideal growing conditions for these tasty spears.
They are commonly eaten in a frittata or simply with some pasta and some freshly grated pecorino. Yum.
Despite the overcast sky you can see clearly here that the olives are budding and so during May we will have the flowering and then the all important setting of the fruit.
This blog is called 'Life on an Italian olive grove' and talks about my work in the grove and in Italy
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