The amount of work in the garden that awaited us on our return from Europe seemed overwhelming at times. But with the beautiful summer gardens of France fresh in our memories, we had some extra motivation to get it done.
|The final look of the rosarium|
|The new mulch in the rosarium|
We decided to mulch the roses with a woodchip and bark mix to help the garden retain more moisture. We have to think differently about gardening in a country where water is scarce. After seeing the rosarium at Parc de Bagatelle and the success they had with a deep mulching, we did not need any further convincing.
The Bougainvillea hedge was cut lower to allow more sun into the orchard. The effect has been that the whole space seems more open and spacious.
The lawn was scarified and a top dressing applied where it was uneven. The entire lawn got a good feeding and watering. It looks a bit scary at the moment and I wondered if that is why the procedure is called “scarifying”. Come summer, the lawn will have a nice texture and will allow for many a relaxing lunch or a wild run about and chase for the boys.
With the garden nearly under control, it is time to shift focus to preserving and enjoying the many pleasant surprises that awaits us through spring and summer.
|The vegetable garden ready for planting|
|Green pea flowers|
|Purple pea flowers|
|Portwine magnolia flowers|
The orchard is a feast of flowers. From blossoms in the air, to nasturtiums on the ground. Exhausted but happy, we were reminded why we enjoy gardening. The joy of gardening definitely is the biggest reward. Whether it be spending time in your garden at work, or in relaxation, it remains a satisfying experience.