I like a garden to have quite a strong structure to it, although I love flowers, shrubs and trees, I think that the hard landscaping is important to provide a balance to the composition of a garden. When I first moved to this house. The garden was very bare, there was a straggly grass lawn and the top terrace was unfinished.
The garden was eventually landscaped by my mum, dad and me. I killed the grass, smoothed the dirt over and over and over and over! until it was as flat as I could make it. I then covered it over with black membrane. We had several tons of stones delivered one summer day, and we dragged the stones to the garden in a makeshift wheelbarrow. The design is constantly evolving and I am sure that its current incarnation is not its final one.
and on to my favorite pictures from the week.
The Philadelphus is just coming into flower, and is already permeating the lower terrace with its perfume.
Have a good week and I hope the weather is favourable for any gardening or outdoor pursuits that you want to do this week.