The garden visit at Dianne’s house on Sunday 18 September was a real treat!
There was so much to look at and enjoy. She has set up her garden in a variety of wonderful ‘rooms’, each with their own particular focus.
We started our visit on the back patio and were treated to a variety of wonderful nibbles – there was a selection of Dianne’s amazing home-made cheeses (including a Brie to die for), and some wonderful mulberries (from Suzanne) and wild raspberries (from Rob) as well as some of Andy’s ‘dragon’s blood’ liquor made from cranberry hibiscus and chilli – Valerie said it packed quite a punch! Christine shared some home-made dolmades made with mulberry leaves which were so delicious!
As we made our way around the yard we gained extra enjoyment from the little nametags that Dianne has made for all her plants. She has used Black Slate and a paint pen to write the name of the plant and its botanical name. If she’s grown it from a cutting or seed from another BLFer she gives them their dues, and also records the date she planted it. It added a whole extra dimension of enjoyment.
Everyone was impressed by the espaliered Tahitian lime at the back door. And Rob was very impressed with how healthy Dianne's Wasabi plant was looking.
Dianne lost some of her garden space earlier this year to Graham’s new shed but she re-established her back garden using black bags. Everything looked so lush and healthy …..
Dianne makes use of all the space available – it was so impressive! She is also a firm believer in the benefits of creating growing conditions as closely aligned to a plant’s normal growing condition as possible. Her blueberries and alpine strawberries were planted under a pine tree and Dianne uses the pine needles in the compost. She also uses New Zealand Peat in her Blueberry Plant pot.
Dianne taking us all through her garden ‘rooms’
As well as all her wonderful 'crops', Dianne has also maintained a very pretty front garden, with roses and lots of gorgeous bee attracting salvias.
It was such a nice way to spend a Sunday morning, and as always, we came away with lots of ideas and inspiration for things we'd like to do in our own gardens. Your garden is a real credit to you Dianne! Thanks so much Dianne and Graham for sharing it with us last Sunday.
Report by My Rozie.
A belated thank you Dianne & Graham for hosting an outstanding garden visit. Your gardens have such a wide (and well identified) diversity of food, with well thought and effective utilisation of space. And everything is just so healthy!
Thanks everyone for the swaps, delicious food and great conservations.