Our September Garden Group meeting was held at Carolyn & Douglas's house just outside Lorgues. It is a new house finished in February 2003, the garden "construction phase" took place between 2004-2006, the main plantings from 2006 onwards. To give an idea of how many plants were needed to create this garden (apart from a few existing old olive trees on the lowest terrace):
Trees: 19 Florentin Cypres trees, 2 Platanes, 25 Olive Trees - 4 varieties, Aglandau, Bouteillan, Cayon, Picholine, bought at La Tuiliere in Aups, 1 black Fig Tree, 2 Lagerstroemia and 1 Pine.
Hedges: 90 Leylandi 2000 (Gamm Vert Draguignan), 100 others - a mixture of Oleander, Viburnum, Photinia, Laurus nobilis, Eleagnus and Pyracantha.
Shrubs: a mixture of 145 Lavander/Lavandin - Lavandula angustifolia "Hidcote", Lavandula chaytorae "Silver Frost", Lavandula x intermedia "Grosso", Lavandula x intermedia "Dutch", bought either at "Filippi" in Meze or at the "Coop" in Les Arcs, 120 Roses (Meilland on line).
Douglas constructed his potager in 2010/2011. He designed it very cleverly. The way it was constructed seemed so well planned and practical that I asked him if he could write it down for us. The tubing, bits and bobs for the watering system were bought at Irrijardin in Trans or Puget www.irrijardin.fr, or Amitube on RN7, Vidauban. Douglas is very happy helping any interested party if they have some problems. Below are his wonderfully explicit drawings and advise: