I took these as the noonday sun was beginning to head over the house, and the mix of light and shadow makes for poor pictures, but here you can see the agapanthus (African lily) flower in the foreground, intensifying the lavender's work, and I hope you can spot the orange of the crocosmia in the bottom left.
Still, it's unlikely ever to be lush, this terrace border, so we've added large pots to fill in. Sadly, they do require watering, but not too much. The pot on the right here contains an arbutus uneda, which you might know as a strawberry tree (we saw these growing wild as we walked the mountain roads in Portugal), and in the pot on the left is Pheasant's tail grass (used to be called Stipa arundinacea and is now Anemanthele lessoniana -- no idea what that change is about).
Across the terrace, also seaside, is a really large clay pot, quite a feat to have brought over here, seriously! We were pleased to find it on sale a few years ago and planted a Russian olive tree in it (Elaeagnu angustifolia-- and don't worry, it doesn't seem to be invasive here as it is in many places). Now we suspect we know why the sale price -- more and more pieces of clay flake off each winter, especially at the base, and we cross our fingers that the whole thing doesn't simply disintegrate and leave us with a rootball of soil.
Also in the photo above are two new pots we picked up last weekend. The smaller one to the left and behind is planted with another Pheasant's tail -- you really have to check out the fall colour on these as they put on a glorious show -- and the larger pot has a Cortaderia richardii -- Toe toe Pampas Grass. I'm not a big fan of the pampas plumes, but I do like the spikey foliage on this as well as the size. And pampas seems to be able to handle what this area can throw at it, so I'll be a gracious host and let it stay.
My daughter has promised me she'll write a description to go with all the food photos I've lined up in one last Toronto post. However, she's given her notice at work and will be getting organized for returning to the Coast September 1st, so I'm not sure how speedily that's going to happen OR whether I'll have to break down and do the writing myself. Oh well, at least I'll have all my four back on the Coast again and can look forward to family get-togethers where everyone gets together.