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Mediterranean Climate Garden

Mediterranean Climate Garden (Area L)

This area is protected from the north by Birch Hill and has a warm, sheltered character. A former flat lawn has been re-moulded into an undulating gravelled surface, and the steep back slope terraced using beautifully laid dry stone walling.

Plants from Mediterranean climates of the world - SW Australia, South Africa (Cape), South America (Chile) and California, as well as the Mediterranean Basin, have been planted.

Autumn 2008 update

These sun-loving plant collections, some border-line hardy, have established on the terraces and gravelled level in this very sheltered part of the Gardens. One of the most tedious jobs here is the removal of dead leaves from all the plants, and it is hoped that a programme of leaf blowing and immediate collection will reduce the back-breaking hand labour which was required, certainly earlier in the year. There is a large Pyrus nivalis at one end of the gravelled area, which produces thick mats of small, fermenting pears, with accompanying wasps, every autumn. However, it has been discovered that this specimen is a Champion Tree for that species in Britain, so imminent removal has been averted.

Starting this autumn, Garden staff and FOBS volunteers will start a programme of removal of the landscape textile which was laid under the gravel during restoration. Its use was for weed control, but it has in fact meant that the desired biennials, e.g. Eryngium giganteum and Silybum marianum, could not establish to give the natural effect wanted, and the many gorgeous bulbs from the Mediterranean Basin and South Africa suitable for this garden have not survived, while other plants have struggled. The soil under the textile is poorly aerated or possibly anaerobic. In addition, serious weeds such as the (very pretty) white convolvulus simply spread under the textile, and emerge at gaps to climb up the nearest plant. The work will involve removal of sections of the textile and overlying gravel, addition of 6mms gravel to lighten and improve drainage in the underlying soil, and then replacement of the gravel. This will be a long and hard task, but the resulting improvements in soil conditions, the range of plants we can grow successfully and the general growth should make it well worthwhile.

Mediterranean Garden - © Meg Jullien, 2007

The newly laid out Mediterranean Garden

Mediterranean Garden - © Meg Jullien, 2008

Autumn 2008

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