During last Saturday’s “Festa do Sol” (Sun Festival), i was assisted in giving a tour of our garden by its designer: landscape architect Marilyn Ribeiro (website, Facebook), who came out of maternity leave just in time for the event.
It was great to have her there because -though i did play a role in its design, especially w/r/t greywater system and rainwater harvesting earthworks- my knowledge of the plants is still pretty skimpy.
Fortunately Marilyn is like a walking field-guide to Mediterranean plants… So she was able to answer questions from visitors, even while toting a baby and instructing me in ongoing maintenance.
As it turns out, maintenance is less of a chore than i had expected -especially now as roots (planted in March) are established, and we are cutting back on spot-irrigation regime, even now that peak summer heat is on.
Come the first rains of autumn, i expect to be putting my hose away for good -and come Harvest Festival time (September 16)- these garden beds should be pretty well filled-out. I look forward to another public showing then!