The original gardens have undergone change, as past and present owners have shaped their mark, however many relics remain, all in all the garden is a work in progress. Strong winds have taken their toll on some older trees this year, their removal has created new light filled spaces.
Gone is the old Cypress hedge which originally bordered the orchard, it’s slowly being replaced with a 2m high stone wall, with other planned outbuildings attached. Espaliering trees is something for the future, fruit trees are in varying stages of maturity, with vegetables planted in the spaces each season. Winter veg planting looks dramatically different to summer. Winter is the time for brassicas, onions, garlic and broad beans.
The rose garden borders the neighbour’s fence on the southern side, and an open lippia is shadowed by an old crabapple and a fast growing bay tree, with a shady wisteria pergola dividing a more secluded area.
Use of underground water tanks and grey water recycling has allowed summer watering to maintain this garden.
Mintaro slate and quarry rock have been used extensively in paving and walling.
Composting and weed recycling returns nutrients to new and existing plantings.