So the side border is done. I can breathe a sigh of relief, rest on my – er, laurels (but, please, not Indian laurels!!) – and take stock. I’m sure the back section, completed two weeks ago, is leaping ahead as the hibiscus and jasmines, plumbago and even the sulky roses, are throwing out glossy new shoots.
The front part, just finished in nearly 40C heat, is looking good:
I’m not sure that I am… sweat and tears, pronounced “tairs” as in lacerated skin from thorns, have been predominant. I need a rest. Read more
No question, the herbaceous borders are not looking good. I left them too long while pottering around the kitchen garden and obsessing about the fruit trees. Poor, sad borders…They need attention and a lot of TLC. Read more
Garden view May 2018
Spring border 2016
Time to come clean: The Jasmine Garden privileges a European concept of gardening over what might be truly appropriate for the local environment. The house, a new build, was delivered complete with a nascent lawn and the odd tree or yucca along the perimeter fence, plus an irrigation system. So the model was assumed, if not set.
Without reflecting too much, I planned herbaceous borders, fruit trees, and herb and kitchen gardens.
The borders are quite unusual in Egypt, and the kitchen garden with its five raised beds almost unheard of. Apart from that, the garden is conventional – by English standards!
Plus – there’s an underlying assumption that water for irrigation is plentiful. In theory, it is. Or, rather, it has been. But it’s an open question if that will remain true for much longer. So, is there another way to garden? Read more