Wordless Wednesday Views I’m enjoying this week

It is hard to believe that in the very bright sunlight there are actually views I am enjoying.  I’m lying about this being wordless!

Light and shade, the Iris leaves are looking remarkably fresh with the sun slanting across them

Light and shade, the Iris leaves are looking remarkably fresh with the sun slanting across them

I wish I could find more thistle type plants, this is thriving with no water

I wish I could find more thistle type plants, this Echinops ritro is thriving with no water

I will be saving seed and sowing masses of Echinops if I can.

Stipa and Pennisetum may be straw yellow but they still add their magic

Stipa and Pennisetum may be straw yellow but they still add their magic

A success story. The view west from the terrace

A success story. The view west from the terrace

Last summer I was very unhappy with the view from thee terrace where we usually sit for an apperitivo at the weekend, changing the path slightly, adding three Italian cypress and adding to the Cistus planting has now made this one of the most satisfying views.

The view west from the terrace

The view west from the terrace

Have you changed something recently that has proved successful or otherwise?

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27 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday Views I’m enjoying this week

  1. I am very happy with my willows around a sitting area in the back but my front garden has been meddled with non-stop and is now shapeless. It needs more than anything re-thinking after years of an “anything is better than nothing” regime of planting. Amelia

    • Having a clear plan is always a good idea, even if it can’t be completed all at once. Taking measurements and actually drawing things out can help too; I’ve been measuring the formal part of the garden ready to start finalising my ideas.

      • I think this is what we must do but at the moment I am lacking inspiration. Sometimes it is easier to start on a blank canvas than modify something you are used to. I will bear in mind that I can have a plan in mind but make the changes gradually.

        • I understand what you mean about a blank canvas; when I’m designing for someone else it is much easier because it is always ‘new’ to me so I don’t have any preconceptions. Try just drawing out the measurements plus any trees; write down what you want to achieve for the space (sitting areas, storage, etc.) and then draw out your ideas, it is amazing how putting things on paper can help you understand the space better and what is possible.

        • You have inspired us. We are going to start with the planning as we feel it would be better to start planning in the summer and we would like to include a new sitting area in a corner that is really not adding to the garden any more.

  2. Have you delved into the world of Eryngiums? Some lovely thistley things there. My Echinops makes seedlings but they refuse my efforts to move them.

    • Eryngiums were an obvious choice, but strangely they’ve never done well for me, but I should persevere. There are lots of thistle type plants that I must try from seed because I can’t buy them as plants.

  3. I love the dried grasses in the afternoon sun, they do look magical. The new area with the Cypresses is just wonderful. It really draws the eye to the distant view, and complements it beautifully.

  4. I am not very good at designing so my garden kind of evolves.We had someone help us with the patio design, but even that wasn’t very successful. We refused to remove a well-loved ornamental cherry which was where the curved path needed to go for a perfect design. Also the shallow reflecting pool in the patio was a disaster from day 1 and I am still waiting for inspirations as to what to do with it! I was happy, though, with my little curved chamomile path that I created leading to a bench.
    Your Echinops looks a beautiful blue – good luck with plan to grow more.

    • Curved paths don’t usually make sense unless they are curving around something, then they add direction and maybe mystery if they are curving around something large that obscures the view. Shallow pools are difficult unless you are going to keep them clean with chemicals.

      • The two paths curve down through the rockery and I think they work even if the line wasn’t as designed. We enjoy them anyway which is the main thing. The problem with the pool was that the people that did the work made it far too deep and then I was paranoid about someone drowning in it! We filled it in when the grandchildren arrived!

  5. Atmospheric images … Warming too, given the chill wind blowing here of late. Your grasses look fabulous, I’m very envious of how floriferous your Pennisetum villosum (?) appears to be – I have several large clumps that are reluctantly flowering at 3 per plant!

  6. What’s a little white lie between friends? 😉 Love your changes! And I love your Italian Cypresses! We’ve had a few changes this summer, most importantly our second shed, especially for “Mr. Chef” – a total success! I’ve got my shed back! Introducing raised beds in the “Allotment” has also been a productive move.

    • I like the idea of two sheds, but I fear that most of what is in the one we have is gardening equipment so I wouldn’t actually gain any space. Raised beds or at least a proper bed system is the very best way to grow vegetables.

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