We have been too busy toiling in the garden for me to write an update, but I promised myself that I would do one every couple of months so I can look back at the progress we make going forward. A garden is a slowly evolving thing and sometimes it’s hard to see what you’ve done. That’s partly because an avid gardener looks at their garden microscopically every day and so the changes seem minute.
Here are the new stone steps to help us get up the bank. They also act as a drainage channel and turns into a waterfall when it rains!
The beginnings of my jungly garden of the west side of the house. It seems to be important to concentrate on developi zones which need the same amount of watering together. This area may need light irrigation and is close to the house. I bought the Strelizia reginae at the Mediterranean garden fair. I hope it grows really big as I would love cut flowers from it!
We have recently lined this with permeable weed proof material and then gravelled it, planting grasses and irises through it. This is a technique which I am using to trt and minimize weeds and watering…and I am having varying degrees of success depending on what I plant.
And here is one we made last autumn with some success. It is very windy and I am looking forward to the stipas and pennisetums blowing in the wind in the late summer and Autumn. The lemon grass is also doing very well, as are the canna lilies and bearded irises, which grow wild in the Algarve.Just as an aside, of you go down this route in your garden, I strong,y recommend using the brown geotechnical fabric and not the black ,since it lets more air and water through for the plants.
We have made a concrete base at the bottom of the garden where one day I will have a hippie shed, where I can relive my misspent youth as a sixties flower child and entertain my children and nieces and nephews to tea and oranges that come all the way from the garden! Gwynnie, the cat looks on….
The beautiful old olive trees were pruned by Senor Faztudo…under my supervision of course. He is a bit too handy with the saw!
I planted a yellow hibiscus against the red pigmented wall because I like the two colours together, but I don’t hold out a great deal of hope for it. It doesn’t like wind much!
The cabbages and lettuces are doing well. It’s a bit cold for caterpillars, which is good.
I have fenced off the bottom bed against cats, chickens and caterpillars…and myself unfortunately!
The lasagna bed is cooking nicely. The chicken poo helps. I have put the pots to start seedlings in and will eventually add to the bed.
This is the dawn view from the garden.
And so to bed!