Yesterday, while preparing the patio for a friend's visit, I snapped a few shots of the front entrance and surrounding garden. The sun was warm and inviting and the light was spectacularly bright.
Above is our herb and rock garden. We had originally planted oregano, thyme, rosemary, mint, laurel, lavender, and a few Cretan herbs used for aromatic teas. It is quite lush right now and the herbs fill the air with a minty freshness that floats along in the spring breeze.
On the left, above, is how the herb garden looked when we first planted it, about four years ago. I can't believe how tall and full the Goldcrest cedar trees have grown!
Still to make an appearance is an intensely sweet and exotic type of jasmine, which arrives with the start of summer. Here on the island, that could be any day now! The strange thing is, we don't remember planting it - a gift from the gods, I guess!
My one and only lilac bloom! We planted two bushes three years ago. They prefer a cooler climate, so I consider myself lucky for this lone, nonetheless, lovely, lilac! After all, it only takes one to breathe in its intoxicating perfume.
|Bottom left and top right: Callistemon, Bottom right: Metrosideros Excelsa|
|Left: Before, Right: Now|
Our black wrought iron fence is now covered by the density of the cedars and Leyland cypresses. Although I appreciate the beauty and fullness of these evergreens, I also love the views of the vineyards and olive groves in the near distance. It was either a little privacy or pretty views, and my husband, being practical and protective, insisted on the former.
Fortunately, from the upstairs veranda we have panoramic views for miles, including the island of Dia, anchored in the Sea of Crete.
Paid a visit to our local flower nursery a few weeks ago and returned with some gorgeously robust red petunias to warmly welcome guests at the front door.
Left: A small vineyard at our front gate, Middle: our Callistemon tree, Right: our Maple tree
The petite potted daisies situated on the patio are so adorable! I just had to give you a closer look at these mini pink petals that always make me smile!
Hope you enjoyed this little stroll
around our spring garden.
Thanks for visiting,
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