I’m glad several of you voted for the view from the terrace as the view for me to show on Fridays during summer. When I looked back through all my photographs to show how it began and progressed to this point I found very few images. Now why is that? Maybe because it is the view I see from the sitting room window or because it is here that we usually sit for an aperitivo so I am so familiar with the view that I never photograph it. Or is it because it isn’t as pleasing as it could be; there are images of the setting sun; this is one of the best places to enjoy the amazing colours that fill the sky.
I laid out the shape of the beds here in December 2008. I have to admit I didn’t have a firm vision of what I wanted to achieve with the border that forms the right of the view I am showing apart from hiding the drive from the terrace and giving some privacy from the drive when we are on the terrace. Boringly named the Upper Drive Border (only so I know where I’ve put things); this border edges the top of the drive all the area above the cypress (where I stand to take the image of the slope on Thursday) turns at 90° to edge the path by the terrace and then another path runs between it and the Large Island.
There is an irrigation pipe visible in this image but I decided that all of this area should be drought tolerant plants and so it has never been connected.
Calamagrostis angustifolia ‘Karl Foerster’ isn’t as drought tolerant as the books would have you believe and so these were moved to the Back border when it became obvious that they would survive here.
By Spring 2012 the shrubs were beginning to fill out and make their presence felt, including a couple of Cistus, Phlomis and an Eleagnus.
The new view therefore includes the right hand edge of the Large Island and most of the Upper Drive Border and looks out over the olives to the fields (and sadly some new construction) beyond.
As the weeks progress I’ll give some detailed information about the plants but here is the view today 23rd May 2014.
This is the most outward looking view in the garden; the other boundaries have hedges to protect from the cold winds. In summer the hot wind from the sea blows in towards the garden but the view is too good to want to lose it even thought is can be like the blast from a furnace.
I would be very pleased to have your comments about this rarely shown view.