Summer is here – whether I like it or not

I was away from the garden for less than a week to visit the Chelsea flower show and in that time the weather changed from a cool spring to sudden summer.  I knew it would happen but it still always shocks me. Continue reading

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Falling in love again….

It has been ages since I posted anything that wasn’t either ‘In a vase on Monday’,  my ‘Tuesday View’ or about foliage for Garden bloggers’ Foliage day. There is a reason for the lack of posts – during the long hot period of drought the garden wants to sleep much as it would do in a northern winter, but to me the period of rest is less tranquil than sleeping under a blanket of snow; the plants fight to survive, the dormancy a forced shutdown that leaves even many drought tolerant plants looking dreadful and herbaceous plants and deciduous trees look as if they are slowly cooking. Continue reading

May 28th 2016 My thoughts on the slope planting

I see the slope every time I come home; it forms the right side of the drive with the olive trees to the left.

I’ve written a lot in the past about how the slope was planted with plants that were already growing well in other parts of the garden and especially with plants that were happy enough to be self seeding.  Looking at the planting now I find it very interesting how the different plants form colonies and drifts with little interference from me. Continue reading

My thoughts- The Three Tarragons: French, Russian and Mexican

The Three Tarragons: French, Russian and Mexican

On Monday I shared with you a vase of flowers and I asked if any of you recognised what they were. I thought I knew, but I was wrong and in the land of blogging there is always someone who knows the right answer! Continue reading

The formal garden now – Changes 2

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. Continue reading

2015.08.02 Plans for changing the garden 1

As my regular readers will know I have decided to change the design of the area in front of the terrace.  The loss of the box at the corners of the beds means that, for me, the integrity of the design has been lost.  This is the first of what I’m sure will be numerous posts discussing my idea, wishes and what the possibilities are for this area. Continue reading