My mind is full of ideas and plans – just what I love! In my post outlining some of the options for changing the Formal garden, here, I failed to show you any currant images; I think it is always difficult to imagine exactly what a garden is like to be in without seeing it in person. However much I follow blogs regularly and think I know them when I have had the pleasure of actually seeing them I have always been surprised by what I didn’t know or realise.
Today’s post will show you the views of the garden from the terrace, which is of course, from where I usually look at this part of the garden. Other parts of the garden are usually viewed by walking through the garden, for some reason the formal garden isn’t usually walled around – perhaps this is another reason why it needs to be changed!
As I come out of the door what I notice most is the solid shape of Bay. As you can see it isn’t quite central but I have already planted some more bay close to the existing block which when it has grown should mean that this block of strong, clipped evergreen is central. On either side of the Bay are two walnut treed, again they aren’t quite equally spaced but they give the impression of symmetry. The stone plinths are approx. 3 metres from the edge of the terrace.
Standing at the front of the terrace in the middle outside the main door that leads to the garden looking towards the Mulberry in the left hand corner
Looking to the left, a large Mulberry is in the corner. A bay hedge backs the Left hand border where there is also a Melia azedarach, an existing conifer of some kind and at the terrace end of the border is a pomegranate. I love the shape of the mulberry, which I can also see from my kitchen window, so I need to be careful not to obscure it; meaning a pergola across the garden may not work. The left hand border is planted with quite a random choice of plants as it was the very first bed I planted and most things where an experiment to discover what would grow well. In reality it should have been replanted before now so that I may, if it feels appropriate include this in the redesign although it is unlikely that I will actually make the changes this year.
Looking to the right, the level begins to slope and the view leads out to the surrounding countryside.
Now I have moved to the left hand side of the terrace, again standing in the middle between two pillars, in the left foreground is the pomegranate and in the background the sun is shining on the Mulberry’s trunk. The left hand border is about 5 metres deep at the terrace end but the boundary isn’t at right angles to the house and terrace; I imagine that this is because most Italian farm houses were built not directly facing south but a few degrees off so that in mid-winter the windows at the front of the house would receive the maximum amount of light.
Moving to the other end of the terrace, where the main table for entertaining is placed on the corner, I’m again looking straight out; to the right of the image are the edge of the Large Island, the Circular Rose bed (in line with the existing central circle) and the edge of the Small Island. I definitely want to create a long view here. The path doesn’t have to be 3 metres wide (the width between the pillars) but it does need to be an obvious line. The Islands can easily have their edges moved so that they each touch the path on a defined line, even if that line is imaginary.
I quite like the idea of defining the view with three or four arches, I don’t have any grape vines in the garden so that could be a possible plant for the arches or the evergreen Trachelospermum jasminoides would give strong structure and wonderfully perfumed flowers at the end of May and into June.
What do you think; Can you picture the garden better now in your mind’s eye? I value your comments, suggestions and warnings so please do leave a comment if you’d like to.