2 Welcome to Sequoia Gardens
Welcome to my garden! I have added it as a garden to visit in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
I garden on an unusually large scale, but much of what you see is the result of a blessed situation, where nature provides most of the tapestry, and of a 25 year history of planting trees. Mainly trees are selected for their contribution in autumn, and today I can sit back as summer ends and anticipate amazing sights about which I have done precious little during the year. My garden is at its best in autumn
Although my garden is huge, my house is small – barely bigger than a double garage. It is situated on the edge of a lake, or a dam as we call a man-made body of water in a valley in South Africa. There is another house some 300m away, somewhat larger and overlooking its own body of water, which is where my parents stay when they come on a visit.
I teach English at a wonderful private school seven km away, and have been doing so for 9 years since soon after I left Johannesburg to live permanently on the farm. However all of that happened by accident, I had been out of teaching for 13 years and had no intention of returning. Now I have handed in my resignation as from the end of the academic year in December, in order to concentrate on those things I value on a personal level. I will miss the children and the involvement, but I can not wait to face new challenges!
I shall see when I post this how it relates to comments made by all at GoY; thanks for the warm welcome. Hope you will all realise that I’ve added to the blog – someone please comment if you were informed. I’m still too new to have picked up how that works!
anyway – here are two more pics: a panorama taken through my big blue 3m x 3m window, and a detail from the same spot taken this morning. Enjoy!! Later: OK – so panoramas don’t upload – there is obviously more to learn. Instead a detail of the most spectacular view of a group of particularly good liquodambers and a Japanese maple, together with assorted dogwoods, berberis, viburnum, prunus and amelanchier…
The rounded shape of the Japanese maple is only just visible in the very right of the winter shot.
- 19 Jun, 2008
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