Le Ripe has been undergoing some changes over the past months. A no-man's land has been graced with steps, a broken drystone wall is being replaced, a vegetable patch is gradually transforming into a hortus conclusus, a lawn has been sown, a new vegetable patch is to be established.
|The new steps made with railway sleepers, and an attractive river-pebble gravel over a cement and rock aggregate called stabilizzato and non-woven fabric to protect from weeds. Here the (mostly aromatic) plants are in place.|
|view of steps from below; note large iron nails hammered in horizontally to fix the sleepers in place|
These are big jobs, jobs for landscape gardeners and professional drystone masons, but we have done our part too.
|hortus conclusus in former vegie patch with tufa edgings to beds; the roses are a temporary planting until we decide how formal we want to go|
|roses, lettuces and tomato plants for the nonce|