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The "shrubbery"

To the right of the front door which faces west the "shrubbery" is a wide bed with roses including large specimens of 'Iceberg' and R. hugonis planted by Jaqueline Tyrwhitt in the early 1970s, as well as tender plants that benefit from the sheltered position such as Melianthus major, Echium candicans and Plumbago auriculata. The wall of the house accommodates a Macfadyena unguis-cati which is cut right down every few years but soon races back up to the roof. To the left of the front door Tecomaria capensis and Solanum jasminoides cover the wall. The bed is narrow and dry and includes plants such as Ceratostigma plumbaginoides that are happy in these conditions.

The shrubbery in April

The walled garden

A walled sunken garden on the south side of the house is accessible only from the south verandah; in it grow citrus fruit trees, a bay tree and climbers such as bougainvillea, Podranea ricasoliana and Trachelospermum jasminoides. The south verandah itself is covered by a magnificent wisteria and houses a collection of pot plants including the night-flowering Epiphyllum oxypetalum.

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Video - Terry Moyemont.   Music - David Bristow.

Photographs by Davina Michaelides and Chris Wassenberg.

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