I haven’t been posting as much as I would like, but it is either actually get things done or write about doing them!
After several weeks of hot sunny weather yesterday afternoon we finally had a couple of hours of rain. The first hour was extremely heavy, monsoon-like battering down the plants, the second hour was just what every gardener wants – steady but not damaging rain that really penetrates the soil. Given that the temperature in the morning was about 27 ° C of even a little higher the result is that you can almost see the plants growing now. Today is humid, hot and there was another shower, although not really enough to do more than wet the surface.
I would like to share with you the views from my windows, this will give you an idea of which bed I’m talking about in future posts and as some of the windows are quite high it is a bit like looking at a plan of the garden. I am slowly trying to write details of each bed which will appear in Borders and areas within the garden, this will help me see the progress and changes that have occurred and remind me of all the plants in each bed. I actually took these photographs a month ago and a lot has already changed, the roses flowered, were wonderful and have now more of less finished their first flowering; they have been dead headed and I need to feed them so they will flower again. The only rose that is still looking amazing is R. Sally Holmes.
Above you can see the drive, with to the right of the picture the olives with just grass and wild flowers under them. The upper drive bed joins the Slope (you can’t see that from the windows but you can see progress there on my End of Month Views) and continues, wrapping around the Large Island, The Circular Rose Bed and the Small Island eventually becoming the Back Border which in turn joins the Left Hand Border.
I laid out the island shapes using hose pipe to help decide on the most pleasing shapes – this did involve a lot of going up and down my very steep stairs so quite a healthy exercise.
It is now becoming difficult to walk between the lavender hedges of the formal garden as they have grown so much and are about to flower.
And finally the vegetable garden.
I hope that this helps to understand the layout of the garden. The property is 3,000 square metres including the house, the olives and a portion outside the fence which I will be writing about in future end of month views.