Garden clippings

Come and enjoy my garden and find more about gardening in Istria.

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An English country garden, kissed by Istrian sun

January 16, 2014
looking-up-to-house-1

An expat life in the sun was long our dream: achieving it was no easy task. When we bought our property in Istria in  2004, the garden was a huge mud patch. Turning it into the beautiful garden we have today, has been a seven-year labour of love – and lots of hard work!...
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My Istrian garden awakens

January 26, 2013
Pink peony flower in early April

Istria lies on the edge of the Mediterranean climate belt. We get lovely warm summers, but we also get proper winters with sub-zero temperatures. Being relatively far south, though, our winters are short – often only December to February, and the temperatures rarely drop far below zero. But it’s still a true winter with...
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Gardening crazy

May 23, 2012
Little House bed after the replanting in Istria

For Christmas, my Mother-not-in-Law gave me a small wall plaque reading ‘A garden is a thing of beauty – and a job forever’. How well she knew me … and how right she was! Spring is now more than sprung and, despite being run off my feet with Kovaci, I took full advantage of...
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A fig love affair

October 2, 2011
Delicious, scrumptious figs

One of the joys of expat life in Istria are fresh figs. Fig trees are everywhere, so growing one should be a doddle – or so I thought. I fell in love with fresh figs at a hill-top monastery in Crete, many years ago. Back in the late 80s, they were an unusual, exotic...
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August – we all sweltered

September 23, 2011
Red campsis in August

One of the biggest joys of expat life in Istria is the wonderful climate for outdoor life.  However, while this is great most of the year, the final few weeks of high summer are always a challenge in the garden – for plants and gardener alike. This year, with temperatures soaring in Istria into...
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Garden photos

August 25, 2011

Here are just a few of my favourite Istrian garden photos. To see full-size photos, click on a photo and then scroll from picture to picture. It will take you through the displayed thumbnails. To see the rest, click onto the other page and repeat the process. To go back to normal view, click ‘escape’...
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