Gardening is one of my passions so I am delighted to discover #sixonsaturday as a way to link up with fellow gardeners across the world.
When I think of the various areas of our garden I try to plan them as different rooms or a transition from one room to the next. Each room has a different feel and purpose.
1.This is the top patio. The Bougainvillea acts as a windbreak, privacy screen and the patio is suntrap.
This is a longshot taken of the same area back in December 2017. It is one of my favourite places to sit and write poetry as it is a peaceful space surrounded by flowers and greenery. As you can see, the Queen of the Night Orchid Cactus in the square stone pot, was still only a baby.
2. The wooden seats are strategically placed to catch the morning sun and are the perfect place to take breakfast.
Plants include Yucca, Abracadabra Rose (yellow pot), orange Hibiscus (brown pot). I have never discovered the name of the palm on the RH side of the photograph. Any suggestions gratefully received. (Jane has since offered the suggestion it is a Dracaena Draco). I’ve checked out google images and she is right, thank you.
3. In the photo below, a brita (gravel) path leads to the pool area. To the left there is an olive hedge. It started as a tree, through lack of pruning ended up as a bush and has since morphed into a 7ft hedge which we shape to the curve of the path. It still has plenty of olives which would be great if they were not attacked every year by brown marks which scars deep into the fruit. Still, the birds like them, so at least someone enjoys them.
The large pot needs replanting. I’ve yet to decide with what as it is in shade most of the time and gets the full force of the Atlantic salt winds.
In the foreground there is a scraggy red hedge which is now in its seventh year. by now it should be at least 6ft tall so come spring we will part company and it will be replaced. Replaced by what is still under consideration.
4. The waterfall rockery needs a total revamp. During the winter it is in full shade and in summer it exposed to full sun until about 13.00. I will probably need to grow the plants in containers and swap them around according to the season.
5. The pots in this area were only planted up in May so we’ve yet to see how they survive with the lack of sun during the winter. The trailing petunias are still flowering as is the white flower (name escapes me at the moment). The variegated Euonymus is growing well, but again we will see how it survives during the winter.
This is how it looked when planted in May. We referred to this area as our Gin Corner.
6. It has taken years for our Bird of Paradise to flower but this year we have been rewarded by an almost continuous display of flowers.
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