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Friday, 21 May 2010

Farm garden tour - Part I

I promised some time ago to dig up some photos of our farm garden to show you.

Please note that these photos are the best of the thousands I have taken over the years. It doesn't always look this good! 

Let me take you on a little tour - it could take a few posts! We'll start at the front drive.

Chinese liquidambers are planted either side of the drive, to eventually create an avenue that you will drive through. I use strawberries as a groundcover down the drive - pretty and productive! There are rows of agapanthus behind the strawberries.

And yes, I planted three deodar cedars as the focal point at the end of the drive ... hmm, thinking that was a mistake. These trees can be massive! Groundcover in this photo is a 'tough as nails' cream gazania.

The driveway kicks around to the left, to give a glimpse of the house.

To get an idea of the perspective, this is where you are, viewed from the roof of the house!

If you turn around and look back down the driveway, you see this:

You will notice as we meander around, that given the choice between a straight line and a curve, I will almost always choose a curve! Drives my Sweetness mad!! Walk a little further around the driveway, you will come across the garden entrance. The arbour is planted with potato vine & snail vine. Row of standard 'Iceberg' roses to the left.

The snail vine smells amazing in the summer. Unfortunately the meat ants agree with me and entering the garden can be a little hazardous at times! But it is worth braving the ants for this beauty.

So here we are at the front entrance. Haven't travelled far, have we?! I might leave you with the heady fragrance of the snail vine for a bit, and come back later to continue the tour. Mind the ants!


  1. l am loving the garden tour, and looking forward to seeing more. Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW! Can I come live at your place?
    You should really be proud of yourself, those gardens are stunning!xB

  3. Wow, I want to see more, more more! Stunning.

  4. Thank you for the tour! Loved every second of it :) Congratulations for having such a gorgeous garden!!!
    Best wishes,

  5. What a beautiful garden. Can't wait to see more. Haven't seen a snail vine for years but can remember the smell!!!

  6. Gorgeous, no wonder you head home whenever you can... The gardens are beautiful and looking forward to seeing more.

  7. I loved seeing the garden from the front. You have a talent, what a huge property. I can't wait to see more.

  8. Your garden is beautiful. I'll enjoy this tour. I never thought of using strawberries like that!

  9. just gorgeous as expected........any chance of a real garden tour?????

  10. What a Beautiful Tour...Your Driveway is Just Gorgeous...Looking forward to seeing some more...

  11. Love gardens, what fun to give us a tour! Snail vines? How interesting!!! Thank you for sharing!

  12. I just enjoyed this garden tour, looking forward more! It was a great idea to share all your beauties with us, THANKS!

  13. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I have strawberries that need to be re-planted...I'm thinking a new border. How clever you are.

  14. maravilloso, unas fotos espectaculares.

    muchas gracias

  15. first of all:sorry for my bad english. i found your blog looking for quilt and patchwork...and i've found such a surprise! beautiful blog, and beautiful,spectacular garden.i dreamt so many times, something like this,today i dreamt with open eyes..
    hanady (italian living in Egypt)


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