SoS: Garden Tour May 2019

There’s a lot happening in the garden at the moment so it is demanding a lot of care and attention. This week I did not know where to start for the Six on Saturday garden update, so I decided to show how some areas of the garden are evolving as we head from spring towards summer. We still haveΒ some rain but not enough to replenish the now depleted water butts.

1. Vegetable area

Once I have harvested the peas, cabbages, onions and broccoli the raised vegetable area will have a revamp. At the moment the only way to access the whole bed is to climb up and walk on the improvised brick path. As climbing up onto the garden is not practical for someone with dodgy knees, I am going to redesign into horse shape so I can sit on the wall and access all areas from a sitting position.

Raised Vegetable Garden May 2019
Raised Vegetable Garden May 2019

 

2. Waterfall Rockery

As this area remains in the shade all the winter I decided to scrap the pot idea and placed a small Budha garden ornament there instead. Now the sun is higher in the sky at least the rockery benefits from some sun. The white succulent seems happy for now, although flowering time is limited.

Waterfall rockery
Waterfall rockery

The Budha is also visible from the lounge window and certainly brings light to a dark corner.

Revamping the waterfall rockery was on my gardening To Do list for 2019

Rockery pictured January 2019.Β 

Waterfall Rockery
Waterfall Rockery

3. Succulent and Cacti Garden

I started planting this succulent garden in 2017. I am really pleased with the results. Last time I took stock of the plants, I had over 50 different types of cacti/succulents.

Succulent garden - front to back
Succulent garden – front to back
Succulent garden - back view to front
Succulent garden – back view to front

4. Rear Garden

We continue to add points of interest to the rear area of the house and with the addition of the ‘neat’ cold frames that the OH made and the extension of the succulent and cacti garden – still work in progress- I am really pleased with the result.

For anyone who is interested in creating their own Tippy pot display please see the previous post.

Rear garden
Rear garden
Back terrace area
Back terrace area

Although we have sunbeds I can count on one hand the times I’ve used them. I get bored sunbathing and rather be ‘doing’ than lounging.

5. Pool Rockery

The pool was built at a lower than the house so we could develop the area to add interest and give the feeling of an oasis which we continue to develop with interesting plants, pots and features.

Front Rockery
Front Rockery
Front rockery from patio
Front rockery from patio
Gin corner still work in progress
Gin corner still work in progress

6. Front Terrace

I love this area especially as the bougainvillaea has flowered continually right through the winter.

Front Terrace
Front Terrace

That’s it for this week, folks.

Please don’t forget to click over to Mr P’s Blog to check out some more Six on Saturday gardeners.

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    1. but Scotland I am told has stunning scenery which can only be if you have a lot of rain. πŸ™‚ The pool came much later when I realised the sea on the West coast is too dangerous to swim.Our local beaches have rip tides and strong undercurrents. Fine for experienced surfers but not casual swimmers, So a small pool was a must for m.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. It was a friend who alerted me to collecting cacti and succulents. It’s now got to the point I am obsessed by them and can’t go by a garden centre without taking a look at their new stock

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  1. Your yard is absolutely gorgeous! So much time, effort and love went into it all! it shows! I just keep looking at all the pis, they get better every time, lol. I bet living there is so peaceful and calm with all the nature surrounding you.

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    1. thanks, 40. a LOT of time and tears have gone into the garden. Yes, we have a lot of nature around us and some join us in the garden…including snakes and foxes. So far the wild boar have not gained access and that is always our biggest fear.

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  2. I love how your garden keeps evolving. We see the photos of the moment, it seems like this is the garden, but telling us how it develops to suit you, plus the before & after photos, it becomes a personal living space.

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    1. YEs, it evolves as we make mistakes. Some plants refuse to grow and I am learning to let go. It is always interesting to look back and see just how far the garden has evolved. .. at times it seems as it is an uphill job.

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  3. Those wild animals! We have wild boar in Sussex nowadays, escaped from farms and breeding in the woods. Not had one in my garden yet, but a badger came in and ate all my strawberries one year, bet you don’t get them!

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  4. What a delightful house and pool and garden you have created, have you lived in Portugal long Piglet? The terrace and Pool Rockery are especially nice, a work of love! I’m not sure I’d be bothered to grow veg out there, I imagine the summers must be very hot, but herbs and a grape vine would be good πŸ˜€

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    1. Hi Jude, we started the garden in 2004 but the original layout bears no resemblance to its current design. The vegetables are a challenge but there is nothing better than harvesting salad crop straight from the garden. Next year we will cull many options, such as rhubarb, as they are too problematic.

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