We had our first frost of the winter on Saturday. I didn’t take any photos, sorry.
It was very cold when I first went outside at about 8 am, but during the morning it warmed up so that it was a pleasure to be outside. I planted a small area which has dissatisfied me for some time. A very large Datura was planted here (spreading to about 3m x 3m); it looked interesting in the evenings when the white flowers opened, but they closed again and died as soon as the sun reached them in the morning. In winter it died back completely leaving a very bare patch. We see this area from the part of the terrace which is shady at lunch time and is protected from the west wind – so we often sit here.
I have for some time admired plantings of box, trimmed into balls forming ‘cloud’ effects. This seems the ideal place in the garden for just such a planting – not too large (therefore not too expensive) and needing evergreen interest.
Although this area is in full view of one part of the terrace it is behind a pomegranate tree and so not visible when walking up the path by the left hand border, I like this element of surprise. I have planted strategically a Miscanthus gigantean which forms a back drop to the box and will form part of the picture of the planting I always enjoy in the LH border. I also planted a Teucrium fruticans which I will prune into a large sphere (a cheaper option than a very large box. I transplanted a couple of Thyme that needed to be transplanted from another part of the garden as they seem to grown naturally into a sphere; they can be removed when the box needs more space. There is a rosemary planted close by and I have pruned that into a ball to add to the scheme.