Friday, January 23, 2009

Terrace talk - 'carpet' bedding

The vivaista is back with yet more plants - this time it is to fill in the lower slopes nearer to the house which are to be a 'carpet' of interwoven zones of lower growing 'garrigue' plants. The colour scheme is alternating silver - teucrium, lavender, helichrysum - and dark green - thyme, rosemary, cistus. It is also time to start putting in some roses - tall ramblers to hide the fencing and groups of rugosas which ought to be able to survive in the rocky ground under an olive tree. The vivaista brings 3 workers with her and gives then strict instructions, so the job gets done at a remarkable speed. But I am starting to feel as if I am in an episode of 'Ground Force'.

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