So yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting Crete lodge exotic garden again. Melissa and Keith have continued their tireless work in the garden and it was looking better than ever. Sadly the memory card in my camera seems to have got scrambled, so I lost a lot of the photos, but some had been downloaded first.
The sunken garden is a good place to start as there is always something in flower.
Look at the size of that agave ovtifolia. Sadly it is starting to suggest it may flower, the same for the agave weberi and with the horrida in the first photo already flowering that would be three flowers in that section of the garden alone!
Ther are so many sections to the garden and that is before you even get to the cactus house and other greenhouses. The biggest section is the main succulent bank and the new sections the other side of the path. Looking down from the sunken garden you get the first glimpse over the green roof.
Melissa is particularly proud of the new pot.
The bank has some of the largest agave montanas scattered across it.
A bit further down and you come one of the newer parts of the garden.
I love the combination of the succulents with the traditional UK gravel garden plants.
Every angle gives you a different set of plants
The bank carries on around to a section full of yuccas and palms, these photos didn't make it, so back up to the terrace, via a lovely little olive bed. Keith does all the main structural brick work and then Melissa does the decorative fronts. The whole garden is covered in these lovely little sections meaning no planting opportunities are missed.
The terrace has some feature agaves as well. The larger one maybe about to flower but this time I had lost count of the number.
Annoying all the other photos were lost. So I'll juts have to go back another time and re-take them. Those on facebook can go to their page, found here. It is always an inspiration to visit and obviously I always leave with a plant or two, even if I'm not allowed to liberate everthing I would like.
I'll leave you with one last photo looking down the main succulent section, it is hard to believe this is the UK.