June view 2009

June view 2009
View of rose and herb garden, June 2009

Small Garden Story

Over some 15 + years, I have been photographing the evolution of my small (85 x 15 foot) garden and it seems a waste not to put these records into some sort of context. Beginning here in April 2010 this Blog is intended to both act as a diary and to share past and present successes (and some failures), pleasures and disappointments with fellow garden-lovers. In due course, I intend to fill in some of the background and early days but that will have to wait until the winter months!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

A week at Sicard, South West France

Have just spent a beautiful, peaceful week at Domain Sicard, a lovely gite owned by the most delightful couple.   Ironically our weather was better in the UK but it didn't matter.   Martine and Wout have developed their garden little by little from scratch so that it has areas of planting which gradually blend into the surrounding counrtyside.   The most magical thing for me is a path which winds up the hill behind the house, carefully strimmed into the grass to guide you but not interfere with the environment, to a little bench with wonderful views over the surrounding hills.   This is also about the only point you can get a telephone signal!

Shade planting
Evening view
Wild flower meadows blend into surrounding countryside

View from the top of the garden

Wild orchids

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