A few more alterations have been made recently to the gravel garden at the back, and a few more extras bought to “prettify” it. As you may remember I started altering this area as a place for the undergardener to sit in either the sun or shade, but sadly those plans didn’t come to fruition.
At one time I put this bench under the Pittosporum tree as I like to sit in the shade.
But I found that visitors prefer to sit in the sun. My standard lavender was a present from my daughter and the New Guinea Impatiens is a recent addition.
In the space behind the Ophiopogon, where I had the bench for a short time, I have now planted hardy Fuchsia Delta Sarah, which will fill this space in a couple of years. In the small blue pot is Fuchsia Devon Dumpling which will have to come inside for the winter. I must take some cuttings of this.
Another Fuchsia Delta Sarah has been planted just behind the left side of the bench, to fill that space too. This fuchsia also is in keeping with the colour scheme in this area of blue, purple and silver/ white.
The planting to the left of the entrance to the arbour also has another Heuchera and Astelia Silver Spear.
Now if I need to sit in the shade, on the few days when the sun is just too hot, I go to the original seat under the arbour which now has a pink New Guinea Impatiens for company.
I planted a golden hop many, many years ago, to climb over the arbour, along with a few other plants. This is the first time that the hop has flowered in about 20 yrs! These I think, are the male flowers, I have learnt that male and female flowers are on different plants, so I don’t think I will be going into the brewery business, I would need the female flowers for that!
There are a few additions to the Pittosporum tree, can you see them hanging from the lower leaves?
To catch the sunlight and twinkle when the breeze passes through are first of all, an owl, just because I like owls and we have them in the garden here.
A retriever , to remind me of my lovely old dog Gemma.
And a dolphin, just because I like dolphins!
I must now make an effort to get the shady side of this area up to scratch, hopefully it won’t take me too long, I have quite a few pots just waiting for the right plants to fill them. In the meantime, I will enjoy having my morning coffee in the sunny side of the garden, that is, if the rain ever stops!