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Gilding the lily

July 13, 2013 4 comments
Foreground for the view

Foreground for the view

Our house has, quite literally, 360-degree views.

Sometimes I’m hard put to decide which prospect is best.

Clive’s favourite, a row of distant blue mountain peaks beyond the gulf of the olive grove, is actually my least favourite.

As I swim the length of the pool, I’m not sure which end holds more interest.

My point is this: we already had a lily, so why did I try to gild it?

We could have just had a lawn (doubtless not a very nice lawn in the hot summer) but somewhere to put deckchairs and for the dogs to play.

Why did I plant roses, lavender etc and why do I spend hours extracting thistles and bindweed?

Looking at the garden now, shining as it is after recent rain, I know why.

Sweet pea sanctuary

May 29, 2013 Leave a comment
Growing unmolested

Sweet peas growing unmolested

At the end of last summer we ripped up the dry sweet pea stems, pods and all, and spread them in bundles around the place to seed themselves.

Nowhere are they unwelcome where they’ve sprouted, but in a lot of cases they can’t be left.

In our bit of lawn, for example, which would be about 6 feet tall by now if we’d left it uncut.

But on this bank, on the shady side of the house where nothing else grows, they can flourish to their hearts’ content.

Clive complained about the lack of variety in the colour but I defended them vigorously.

“There’s purple,” I said, “pale purple, deep purple, white, deep purply red, pinky purple, pink, pale pink …”

I would have thought that was enough, even for flowers in such quantity!