Here we are at the end of another month and even the end of another year – hardly bears thinking about! As in previous years I have changed tack for my EOMV and am posting monthly views of just one part of the garden, this time ‘the paved area’. I have resolutely called this section at the back of the house and immediately in front of the kitchen windows the ‘paved area’ ever since its inception in the summer of 2000. Determined that it was not ‘a patio’, this unimaginative title has stuck but I would rather it was called something less banal – I suppose it is nominally ‘a terrace’ but that is too similar to the concept of a patio and both smack of sitting down and eating or entertaining both of which would be rare occurrences on our (ahem!) paved area. Any suggestions?
2000 was the year that work on the garden really began, albeit in an uncoordinated way, and this was the first hard landscaping that took place, with paths leading to the house and round the back of the old greenhouse which is where the sitooterie now is. The latter was built in 2010 (and a new greenhouse added in a sunnier spot) allowing for a small square of grass in front which is the Tai Chi lawn. Both the pergola on the right with the Danse de Feu roses and the rose arbour with Rambling Rector which creeps into the picture on the left have had at least one rebuild in their lifetimes, but the originals date back to 2000. These are just a few of the many photographs which chart the progress of the garden since we came here in 1996, showing how the paved area came about:
Little change has happened in the last 12 months though, other than the subtle changes of nature – just the ebb and flow of the pots and the roses and especially the gradual greening of the surroundings as they envelope this part of the garden in a green shroud, a very special transformation that never ceases to fill me with wonder:
Thank you to Helen the Patient Gardener for providing a place for us to link our end of month views and do visit her blog to see how other bloggers have been cataloguing the changes in their garden. Thanks also go to all who read my blog on a regular or occasional basis for your interest and support over the months and years – I look forward to you joining me on my rambles in 2017.