Another Garden

16 Apr

There’s one more thing left from the weekend to post about. It’s a garden on a steep, south-west facing slope overlooking the sea. There’s not much soil above the limestone bedrock it sits on. It’s my Mum’s place. The larger plants were there before she moved in, in amongst a sea of wild garlic (Allium ursinum). The garlic has been weeded out now.
Starting at the bottom of the slope, working up, here’s a nice coral-bark maple, Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ and some big variegated phormiums

Phormiums again, looking up at the house. These survived the recent bad winters just fine. The slope and its orientation help a good deal.

The euphorbias are a bit ahead of mine.

A well established Yucca gloriosa, (Spanish Dagger). The original landscaping makes a nod towards the Mediterranean.

The view from the house over Morecambe Bay is lovely, and ever-changing. That bare tree in the neighbour’s garden is a Catalpa.

This patio is new. The colocasia is gifted from me. It’s in better shape than mine, I like to imagine that is down to me having a dozen competing for my attention.

Though we differ in our taste in plants, we do overlap at times. This group includes Embothrium coccineum and Crinodendron hookerianum, and what looks like a typically colourful selection of Sorbus100_4205


Today was a good day. I’ve toasted some soil by way of sterilising it, and sown Asphodeline lutea, Cassia alata and Datisca cannabina.

I panicked a bit when Reuben, who’s two, disappeared only for me to realise that he’d pushed his way through the brambles (he’s that kind of child) into next door’s garden. Our neighbour and I cut them away so our children could play together. Now, Gianni’s kids aren’t used to either spiky or delicate plants so I was a bit concerned when his eldest wandered into the greenhouse, but he just looked around in wonder and said “there are lots of beautiful things in here” 🙂 bless


4 Responses to “Another Garden”

  1. Mark and Gaz April 17, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Your Mum’s garden is gorgeous! The layout, view, and hard landscaping are all lovely!

    • thechthonianlife April 17, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

      There are lots of reasons I like to visit. All that lovely natural landscaping and the view among them.

  2. Peter April 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I agree with Mark and Gaz, your mother’s garden, hardscape, and view are all wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • thechthonianlife April 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      It’s in a great situation. One thing that puzzles me: you would think that the soil would be strongly basic with all that limestone but all sorts seem to grow there.

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