|The plot layout|
All along the fence there are the raspberry canes (Autumn Bliss). I hope to be reporting on their output shortly...
You can also see in the picture (bottom right) the little white table that I have been using as a "pedestal" for photographing the crops!
In this next shot you can see the paved patio area -- which I like to describe (optimistically) as our "Outdoor Dining Room". I have tried to create a sort of "Continental Courtyard" effect, with the potted standard bay trees, a little potted olive tree, herbs, lavender etc. We love to sit here on a warm summer's evening, enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail and taking in the surroundings. (Haven't used this area much for a few weeks now, due to the poor weather). You will notice that there is no grass in my garden (with the exception of a tiny patch out at the front). This is because I found it too time-consuming and physically demanding to keep cutting grass - and it never repaid the effort anyway! So I had the grass removed and replaced with 25mm shingle, which looks good and is easy to maintain.
|The patio -- our Outdoor Dining Room (sometimes)|
Here's a close-up of the lavender and herbs. There's also a spectacular Burgundy Oxalis in a stylish grey pot -- a Father's Day present from my daughter Emma. That girl has Good Taste!
|Lavender, herbs -- and tomatoes|