The History Bit
A stream runs through the garden. It is actually a river, but on a modest scale, so we refer to it as a stream. This runs parallel to the front boundary and cuts right across the garden. It therefore creates separate garden areas each side of the foot bridge to the front door.
The Lodge is situated slap bang in the centre of the half acre grounds, thereby creating other natural divisions to the garden.
Our position in the far South West of Cornwall, with its unique micro climate, allows us to grow palms and succulents. Our winters are usually so mild, that we do not have to lift or protect plants for the winter.
Lastly, we completely annihilated a mature garden. The Lodge was very small. Originally it consisted of only two rooms. There had been an extension previously, that doubled its size, but we intended to double its size again. The plot was on a considerable slope, so to extend back, masses of earth had to be removed. While they were at it, we asked the builders to put in a retaining wall, and level the west side of the garden, removing yet more earth and destroying the garden in the process. It had become very overgrown and neglected, but there was a forest of camellias, and one of rhododendron, which was hard to see destroyed, but the Lodge had begun to remind me of Sleeping Beauty's castle! I did take several cuttings, however.