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Second flush

July 12, 2016 Leave a comment
New blooms

New blooms

The rose that arches over the steps and reaches alongside the balustrade of the mirador is budding again.

The blooms in this second flush are smaller but no less beautiful.

It’s a reward for cutting off the dead heads of the first flush.

The photo also highlights where the balustrade paint needs touching up…

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A whiter shade of pale

March 15, 2016 Leave a comment
Festoons of white on white

Festoons of white on white

An evergreen clematis smothers a white balustrade with its white flowers and fills the air with its heady perfume.

Framing the view

May 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Wisteria arch and belvedere

Wisteria arch and belvedere

This part of the garden is my very favourite but it came together by accident.

I planted the wisteria half way up the steps in the picture imagining it would grow both upwards and downwards.

Naturally it only grew up, so to channel its ebullience when it reached the top, I made an arch for it to twine over.

The white balustrade, rather than a romantic feature, was conceived originally as a safety barrier round the roof of a water tank which should have been buried underground.

It all happened as if an artist had taken charge and was turning our mistakes to advantage.

But with the green hills and blue mountains beyond we couldn’t have gone very far wrong – everything we created made a frame for them.

Tidal wave

April 17, 2013 4 comments
No room to tread

Evergreen clematis in full bloom

The cold, wet weather may have meant there’s no blossom at all on some of the apple trees, but it didn’t hamper this clematis.

The photo is of the inside of the balustrade, where the fronds have pushed through like a tidal wave.

It’s difficult to imagine where any more blossoms might be fitted in!

The perfume, which is extremely heady, practically knocks you out when you go near.

The flowers remind me of the little white plastic crosses which Chokri has been using to space tiles with.

Above the mist

November 26, 2012 4 comments

Looking onto a sea of mist

It quite often happens that there’s fog below us and yet our house is sitting in brilliant sunshine.

Here it’s sunset, the first lights are pricking out, and mist is filling the valley like a white sea.

The coping of the balustrade has an ethereal lack of definition, as if it were dissolving to let whoever’s standing behind it melt into the landscape.

Another little job

September 9, 2012 Leave a comment

My favourite activity in the whole world is pottering.

Our house and garden create the ideal environment to do just that, with the added attraction of a backdrop of mountains.

The job I did today is somewhere between DIY and pottering. I was trying out an experimental way of sealing and gap-covering on the existing paintwork of the mirador balustrade.

The balustrade is made of concrete. A quartz paint (the official correct solution) was professionally applied soon after installation but lasted less than a fortnight before starting to peel off.

After that we painted it with white epoxy paint which is very durable but unfriendly to work with because 2 parts must be mixed together and it has to be applied very fast before it dries up and is useless.

The epoxy coat lasted in good condition for something like 3 years but then became mottled and powdery on the top of the handrail while some of the more exposed balusters started peeling. It’s peeled more since then.

A baluster that will need attention next time

My idea consists of using a white rubberised paint which is designated as being for interior use but which I’ve used with success in exterior jobs – to seal cracks where water was getting in between a roof and a wall, for example.

So I tried it out today – not a complete job because I want to see if it works, and also because quite a lot of the work will need a ladder.

A happy accident

July 28, 2012 1 comment

The mirador

This is the mirador, alias the roof of the blue elephant house, a feature which was created by accident or, if you prefer, by serendipity.

It floats above the olive grove and opposite the bulk of the mountains like the crow’s nest of a ship. You aren’t aware it’s attached to the ground.

It receives the morning sun long before anything else that side of the house.

It would be the perfect place for a romantic proposal.

This is the second blooming of the roses. They’re a little smaller and a little paler than the first time round but still make a contrast to the white balustrade.