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Louise's Garden at The Inn On The Bay, Marigot Bay, St Lucia

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Tonight is our last night in the Inn On the Bay. Tomorrow at 5pm we will leave here for the airport and fly home overnight. So, by way of celebration and as a thank you to Louise and Normand, our hosts, here is a collection of photos taken from and in their garden. The Villa is now on the Market, and our hosts may not be here for very much longer, so if you want to come, now is the time!

The first thing that struck me as a gardener is that Louise clearly enjoys her orchids. She has them in pots, on trees and all over the place. Sadly, at the moment, only two are in flower, but you might get some inspiration from seeing how she does it….

The ‘front’ of the Villa faces a valley and the ocean. From here you can just see a secluded and fairly inaccessible beach. There is a track to it, but most visitors have to come by boat. We didn’t get down there. You will notice the ‘black’ volcanic sand.

I zoomed in to get this shot…

A view from further up the garden…

This side of the house is the sheltered warmest side and a lovely place to sit and read a book or watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea.

Most of Louise’s plants are on this side, and she really seems to love her succulents and Cacti. Here are a few highlights for you…

At the side of the house is a walled area with an arch way and a lovely water feature.

Here Louise finds the orchids like to flower, but you will also see the ‘fish pot’…

and some lovely pink bougainvillea and Oleander.

Just beyond this area is the wonderful tree I have been trying to identify. Louise calls it ‘Balsam Glory’ I think, but with the help of another Goyer I think we may have found its latin name …Clusia. This tree is the favourite food of parrots, but it is highly toxic to all other creatures. A parrot has been spotted in this very tree!

I’ve never seen the special St Lucian Parrot, but it is a truly stunning bird….http://www.arkive.org/saint-lucia-parrot/amazona-versicolor/

So, now we are at the ‘front’ of the house, which is given over mainly to the decking area with the smallish pool and lots of lovely terracotta pots with various plants in. The main feature of this side of the house is the view of Marigot Bay…here with rain shower approaching..

…and a sunnier shot!

This is the side that the rooms face on to. There is a steep slope down to the sea here and our hosts have created a 300 step pathway for the intrepid to allow access to the water below…

Here is the lovely flower outside my room where the Antillean hummingbird was spotted again today at breakfast….

and finally, the lovely Frangipani tree that I can see as I sit here composing this blog.

I hope you’ll agree that this garden is quite, quite special! Thank you for sharing it with us Louise! :))

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Lovely garden. Your holiday photos have been really interesting, Karen. What a lovely record you have created.

16 Jan, 2012

 

beautifull garden and those views are amazing karen, would love a holiday home there, looks so peacefull and relaxed to, bet you will miss it when home, nice to get home though karen and im sure you have been missed by your family and litle dog ;o))x

16 Jan, 2012

 

Love the blog and pictures Karen, thank you so much for sharing with us. :))) Safe journey home...

16 Jan, 2012

 

Beautiful, beautiful so glad you you have a good time. Safe home.

16 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog Karen, enjoyed it very much. Safe journey home.

16 Jan, 2012

 

Thank you all! :)

17 Jan, 2012

 

Beautiful place! Safe journey back.

17 Jan, 2012

 

incredible!!!!

17 Jan, 2012

 

a beautiful garden Karen, definitely special.

17 Jan, 2012

 

wow..:-)

17 Jan, 2012

 

A wonderful garden Karen, love the fish pot! Hope you have a smooth flight home x

17 Jan, 2012

 

Wow - what an incentive to travel to St Lucia! It looks a paradise Karen, thanks so much for sharing your wonderful holiday - glad you had such a lovely break.

17 Jan, 2012

 

Thanks everyone...soon be home now....about 4.30pm tomorrow.

17 Jan, 2012

 

Stunning!

17 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely record of what has obviously been a special time for you, I can see why you wanted another visit, thankyou for sharing Karen and have a safe journey home..

17 Jan, 2012

 

Gorgeous! Bet you didn't want to come home again.

17 Jan, 2012

 

. . . and it must have been lovely for Louise to have you, a keen gardener, appreciate her efforts. :))

17 Jan, 2012

 

Lovely blog Karen.

17 Jan, 2012

 

What a wonderful place to have a holiday, no wonder you returned, enjoyed looking at your holiday photos, see you soon, wrap up lol

17 Jan, 2012

 

What a fabulous garden Karen. I bet you wish you could just stay there a bit longer.

18 Jan, 2012

 

So beautiful and ever lasting memories Karen thankyou.

You have missed the frost but today its icy cold but very sunny.

Snow forecast end of week:(

18 Jan, 2012

 

I'm home everyone...lovely blue sky and weak sunshine when we landed in Edinburgh at 2pm. Its great to breathe in the clean 'cool' air of Scotland again!! :)))) you have to be positive about it!! ;)

18 Jan, 2012

 

Yayyyyyyyyy

18 Jan, 2012

 

Yaaaaaay! :))))

18 Jan, 2012

 

What a shame your hosts intend to leave this paradise! It looks so lovely there. Maybe they have found somewhere even more attractive to live and entertain guests. I hope the weather stays kind to you in Scotland Karen. No terrible snow and boiler freezing like last winter.

19 Jan, 2012

 

What a lovely place, I can see why you wanted to go back. Bet you didn't want to come home. Glad you enjoyed your holiday, nice to have you back :)

19 Jan, 2012

 

Dorjac..the Loire Valley!

Thank you Samjp! :)

19 Jan, 2012

 

Yes, we do thanks Bilbo! :)

20 Jan, 2012

 

Absolutely lovely, The Loire. What fun if it is a Chateau like Azey le Rideau? spelling. I had a sketching/camping/ feasting holiday there once....too many years ago to contemplate...with OH. Son e lumier as well. Nearer than St Lucia too!.

21 Jan, 2012

 

We were in St Lucia about twenty years ago Karen. The boys wanted to go to Disney, Florida, so we went on a two centre holiday including St Lucia. It was very beautiful but I am sure staying with someone is much better than hotels. Our Mauritius trip was so much fun and more interesting because we stayed with Mauritian friends. He knew where to take us ....stopping at the roadside to show me trees and fruits he loved as a child. Welcome back.

21 Jan, 2012

 

That sounds ideal Linda. Thank you!

21 Jan, 2012

 

I wonder those cacti didn't crack your camera lense

28 Jan, 2012

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