Saturday, 5 May 2012

Developments in the cottage garden

Hooray - Edging compete! : Les Deux Platanes gite has its own separate garden, and over the past two years we have completed a lot of work to make the garden attractive and to improve the facilities. Last year we removed old leylandii trees, built raised flower beds and put the base in for a second terrace. This week, whilst the cottage is not occupied we have also completed all the remaining edging to the lawn and gravel drive / parking areas.
The new edging around the lawn looks great and the gardeners (Maureen & John) are very happy indeed! We have just treated the lawn with feed and weed hence the barrier tape.
New wall: In addition to the edgings we have built a small stone wall at the end of the cottage to make more of a feature of the corner and the small oak tree. the wall stilll requires the capping stones but these will be fitted before the end of June. Our good friends Pete and Sue will remember sitting on this grass many years ago when we started the renovation of the cottage.
The new stone wall and edging at the end of the cottage. Still requires capping stones but looks very nice and its even built with traditional lime mortar.

New Terrace: The cottage garden is a great sun trap in the summer and even in the early and late months of the year the garden is remarkably warm due to its location. In the morning the sun arrives on the front terrace but in the late evening it falls on the bottom of the garden so why not build a terrace so that guests can enjoy a relaxing informal place to sit, eat and enjoy the late evenings here in central France? The new terrace will have a retractable sun blind but you can see it already has some potential even on a chilly May day.
The new terrace! Still have to fit the retractable sun blind but on a hot summers evening can you see yourself sipping a nice glass of wine and reading your favorite book - even on an e-reader!
Other odds and ends

Some other photos from around the cottage garden :

A decorative orb for the corner of the garden make an interesting feature.
I have made a new winding wheel for the well.
The garden is now 99.99 % complete so we are both very happy - I am sure our 2012 guests will enjoy the new features, colour and the space.

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