Here are scenes from within my sanctuary garden. Green is dominant, and I love the lush look of spring into summer. What you cannot get from these pictures is the scent of herbs: rosemary, balm of gilead, thyme, mint and others. I hope to add images as the seasons turn.
My tiny courtyard garden has changed since I took the above pictures, although a green and gentle mood is still very much the focus. I realised I was using the garden less and less as a space for calm and contemplation as it had become far too busy. So I took out a number of pots and especially flowering plants, so that I could discover the roots, stone and most vitally the space of a garden I had in mind.
Here are further glimpses of my 'main' garden. I have a small area of raised beds with a rose arch and alongside this an herbaceous border. Colour and texture are my guide. The raised beds are too bitty in their planting for my liking, so next year I plan to focus on one key plant per bed. Much-loved contenders for this role are the black poppy (as featured on opening page), also Nigella Hispanica and sunflowers.