This week its not a photo of my garden, its some beautiful orchids from my French neighbours’ garden. They are away at the moment and I’m feeding the cat and it seemed such a shame that no-one except me (and Balkazar the cat) would see them. So I thought I’d share them with you.
When I was planning on moving to Morocco my fav niece asked me what sort of garden I wanted. I had no idea except I wanted a lemon tree. When I arrived late on the ‘first night of the rest of my life’ after I’d quit my job, sold my home, and given most of the contents away, the flight had been delayed four hours, there was a last minute panic about whether the cats were going to get put on the plane because of a cock up, and then the relief standing in passport control close to midnight watching them going around and around in the distance on the luggage carousel – there in my garden was a young lemon tree. My niece had sent over the money to a friend, who had bought and had it planted.
Here it is now, eight years later, a super healthy looking tree. Its only ever had one lemon, but hey, who cares! In the background you’ll also see the first blooms of a lovely pink climbing rose, which she also bought for me to remind me of home.
And now to my latest present, a gift this morning from my lovely French neighbours. A lily of the valley stem and root which was gift wrapped, a present for Labour Day, which I guess must be celebrated more in France than the UK. I hiked out an old overgrown plant, and popped it in a pot straight away.
I have several other plants that were ‘gifts’ in my garden, from the local hobo, who I guess watches people planting out a new garden, and thinks they won’t miss the odd tiny plant, and brings it to me as a present……but thats a story for another week!
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KNITTING WITH PLANTS
My project at the moment is to cover a rather ugly tall wall with climbers. I have a passion flower
which I grew from seed bought when I last visited my best friend in Florida.
I have bouganvillia
And the ‘fleur rose’ (see last week’s entry) now identified as Podranea or Pink Trumpet Vine.
I also have a jasmine in there somewhere.
But there are a lot of bald pieces of wall, so I have been out there tottering on a ladder pulling, twirling, knotting string and generally knitting bits of plant around each other to try and persuade them into the gaps.
Hopefully by next month, the string won’t show and I’ll be able to post a picture of a pretty wall!
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Here is a photo of a pink flower. I know this for a fact, because after seeing it all over Agadir gardens, asking anyone I knew the name without success and fruitlessly searching my Sister-in-law’s gardening books, I broke a piece off and took it to the garden centre, selected a plant, confirmed with the assistant it was indeed the same plant, I bought it and finally asked its name. The assistant nodded sagely and said ‘la fleur rose’ The Pink Flower. So there you have it. If anyone knows what its called, I’d love to hear from you!
I had it in a large pot on the terrace to start with and while it had loads of flowers it needed cutting back every winter, so about 18 months ago I moved it to my front garden. The foliage has thrived and it now covers the tall wall, although sadly it has had no flowers.. Until this morning, walking down the road I see a beautiful cascade of flowers from my plant. Only trouble is, its on a bit that has grown down the other side of the wall into my neighbour’s garden!
The first flower in MY garden!