This is a very late post but I wanted to participate if only for my own records, I find this meme, hosted by Helen, the Patient Gardener, one of the most useful meme’s of the month. It helps me see the progress in the garden and what still needs to be done to truly create my Hesperides garden.
From when I began work on the slope by the drive I have concentrated most of these posts on this area. It has filled out well and has surpassed by hopes for it to become one of my favourite parts of the garden. Almost everything is from self-seeded plants moved from other parts of the garden. It is not irrigated and in fact would be very difficult to do so because water just runs off the, in places, very steep slope.
Here are two images of how the area looked in October 2009.
For this post I want to show some images of how full of interesting foliage and colourful flowers the slope has become.
The lower area edges the drive and at the top becomes part of a border that sweeps round and into a path that forms the large and small islands. The part abutting this path I call the upper slope and will be showing this separately at some other time; the two areas are separated by windbreak planting of bush Quercia ilex, Arbutus and other shrubs which are included to protect the rest of the garden from the desiccating summer wind that blows in from the coast almost every afternoon.