If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that before taking any major decisions, I love to make the most of my readers’ expertise. I am in awe of your knowledge and experience, and of your generosity in sharing your ideas.
Last year I asked for ideas when I was replanting the beds in front of our terrace. I adopted a lot of your proposals, and today, the bed is one year older and beginning to take shape. Some things I love, some have to be reworked, but no matter, everyone knows that a garden is an ongoing project……speaking of which …. I have an idea …
It’s one of those ideas that I can talk about more easily with you than with my family…. are you getting the picture?
It’s one of those ideas which when raised here can cause a short sharp silence, followed by some rapid ” oh yeah, good idea”, followed even more rapidly by a whooshing sound as everyone I broach the subject with, turns tail and walks away.
My friends, I am talking about a parterre. A parterre of four incy wincy, tiny little squares that would lend some structure to the centre of our garden. I have visions of neat box hedges, of tumbling white roses, of spikes of white foxgloves of billowing blue perovskia – what could possibly be unreasonable about that?!
Four squares echoing the width of the terrace would cover just 76 square meters! I mean, really, what is all the fuss about?!
Here is our garden as it stands today, with my ideas sketched over …. seen from the terrace ….
seen from the middle of the garden …
and if four squares are really going to keep family members awake at night in a cold sweat, then I suppose we could always consider a different shape …
so what I am hoping from this blogpost, is that you’ll either shout at me in CAPITAL letters ” DON’T DO IT!!!!”, in which case I may hesitate, or – and of course this is what I would prefer – you write me flowing accounts of how you qu-i-te easily created parterres in your own garden, and how they are really no problem at all to plant, maintain, keep weed free ….
If at the same time, you would also like to give me recommendations for roses or other plants that would give me year-round interest, then I would of course be even happier.
PS… the next day …. I should add that there is another bit of lawn further down the garden that will still be available for badminton, grazing horses, dog training (ahem!), soccer …. so it doesn’t matter if we lose this space.
If you want to see some more gardens that are inspiring me right now, then check out my garden board at Pinterest.
Merci mes amis – I look forward to reading your advice.
Images 3 & 4 thanks to Pinterest