|Our bedroom window|
And that’s not to say there weren’t beautiful spots tucked away in this Mediterranean challenge, like the bougainvillea blooming outside our bedroom window.
|View frrom our parking area|
Our home is one of four built on the edge of a century-old olive grove on a hillside above the small villages of Agios Dimitrios and Agios Nikolaos (St. Dimitri and St. Nicholas) in The Mani area of the Peloponnese.
Come Take Stroll through the Garden . . .
We had bouts of cold wind and rain, so our gardening efforts were somewhat limited during our 28-days, but as I did last week with the interior of the house, I want to show you some before and after photos of this still-a-work-in-progress-potential-oasis:
Let’s start at the side of the house where it appeared the previous owners had a small un-used, and definitely unloved patio that sat forlornly near the garden’s sole lemon tree. “This will be the Wine (tea or coffee) Patio,” I said so many times that it became a mantra.
|Before photos on left, patio revealed on the right|
|Our lemon tree in December|
|Discovering parts of our secret garden|
|The challenge area - we did plant iris along the wall to get something pretty there|
A sloping hillside, we thought, without much definition.
First step was to cut, pull, dig and clean out.
Ground cover is a good thing, but there is such as thing as too much of a good thing.
So we went to work and after several days, guess what we found?
|Morning sun highlights the iris we discovered|
“The secret to being a bore is to tell everything.”
|Our garden blooms|
Thanks – as always -- for the time you’ve spent with us in Greece. It means a lot to have you with us.
Linking up this week:
Travel Photo Thursday – Budget Traveler’s Sandbox
Travel Inspiration – Reflections En Route
Mosaic Monday – Lavender Cottage Gardening