Rāhui Day 38

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  1. INCREDIBLE!! Cathy, how did you come up with your designs for your gardens? The more I see the more I am amazed by what you did. I used to have Irises but they expanded so much where I had planted them, I ended up taking them out. A lot of women when they saw what I was doing, stopped by and grabbed those Irises. (smile) I’m getting more relaxed in my gardens …. oh so I “think” I am. LOL Gorgeous shots of such hard work. Oh one other question. Are those vines grapes?

    1. Complicated Amy – the garden, being on many terraces (slopes steeply down), dictates the design. But, at my age (after being a professional gardener and moving far too many times) we chose this house because a lot of structural planting had already been done by the previous owner, a Dutch sculptor called Marcel Joosen, who is still a friend. He is a devotee of Rodin, whose garden was also on a steep slope. Like Rodin, Marcel was in search of an outdoor exhibition space. So he made the top terraces level and planted the box to complicate his sculptures. So I inherited all the box and the top, flat terraces. I can’t claim much credit for the overall design above, but I am doing my own thing down below. I have so enjoyed what he left and have enhanced the planting (he is not a gardener, although his new garden is just beautiful). One of the best moments in my gardening life was when he visited the garden he had loved last year and was overjoyed with what I had done with it! And yes – they are grape vines. We have too wine grapes on the Vine Terrace and a lovely desert grape on the Mirror Garden. I think we should plant more, because Chatillon used to be known for it’s wine. Sorry this is so long, but I didn’t want to take credit when Marcel did so much. When the garden is open, i always make sure to explain carefully to people.

      1. Oh, Cathy! You are living in a dream! How Marcel must cherish what you are doing with what he himself started. To have the time to actually do what you are doing …. OH how I’d love it!! I designed and put in every single garden on our property, planted every bush, tree, and flower. When we bought our property it was nothing but empty farmland. Today my gardens flourish and the designated land we allowed to be wild, started out with only a tree here and there but today is filled with bushes and trees and is exactly what I intended it to be …. a bird sanctuary. It took me THREE years to entice Baltimore Orioles to come here to feed and nest. They are very very particular. But I did it and to this day they return. Same for the Hummingbirds. SO many different birds stroll and feed here. My biggest concern is when we do sell our house (the house we built) the next owners will not care for my gardens as I do. I am intending right now that the right people come along when that time does come. There is also so much more I had wanted to do with our property but ….. time. I just don’t have it. And now with age …. I don’t want to do it. (smile) Much love to you! Ha! You got a LONG response from me! LOL

      2. I can imagine the joy you get from having enticed those birds in. Lower down in the garden is all things I’ve planted – it was basically a field, like yours. Some is maturing, some is just in infancy. It’s hard to imagine someone else coming along and tearing it out. I am enjoying your bird pictures so much because my husband is teaching me more about the birds in our own garden.

      3. So we are leaning from each other. How incredible is that? You are in France and I am in New York! Bless this WP for this opportunity it is giving us both!! SMILE!

    1. Yes – it is fortunate to have all these areas. It’s both the most difficult place and the most rewarding place I’ve ever gardened! But beloved, whatever it does, and it is teaching me that everything I ever learnt in my horticulture career is ‘nothing!’

    1. It is indeed, Cathy. And parts of it are like an oven at the moment, with the rampart walls behind.We are due for rain – we had 2 minutes tonight!

    1. It is indeed – and more special to me because I wouldn’t have planted it except that when I was looking for roses in my Suffolk garden, Peter Beales himself recommended it to me quietly in one of his growing areas. That rose has been left behind in Suffolk, but i was sure to plant it here quickly. And I think of his kind face when it flowers.

      1. I didn’t realise you lived in Suffolk. Funnily enough Peter Beales recommended it to me too. I had it in my previous garden but it was a martyr to blackspot.

      2. Interesting. In Suffolk it had a lot of blackspot. Here it is fine, but always gets powdery mildew in late summer ( a very dry spot where it is planted).

    1. Me too! And the darker the better … I am still waiting for one that flowered about 5 years ago to reflower. It was one of the best ‘blacks’ I’ve ever seen. Seems sort of lost these days. What did I do?

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