Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Temperate, coastal, sandy, windy,
posted 4 years ago
The original trees were planted four years ago; of course I don't have photos.
I've shuffled lots of things around since, and I think this is the final configuration.
Note to self: please remember to take before, during and after shots!
Winter 2012 I'd moved the espalier pear and basically poked it in beside an apple while I worked out where to put it.
Brand new experimental hugel in background which has now gone;
above ground gardening doesn't work for me in my dryish, sandy environment.
Spring 2014 The pear finally has a permanent home
Pears come from reasonably moist, temperate climates and I try to guild plants that enjoy the same conditions.
Nearby is: summer fruiting raspberries, currents, rhubarb, Florence fennel, Egyptian walking onins (they grow anywhere...),
a gazillion bulbs, including Amaryllis belladonna which flower in summer,
Lettuces, landcress, daikon, calendula and purple mustard, dandelions, nasturtiums, clovers, etc etc always appear everywhere-there must be quite a seedbank...
July/August 2014 I'd just moved everything and chucked a load of prunings around-mulch not down yet
October 2014 The dead stuff is shrubs I took out from eslwhere and strapped to the fence for my runner beans to climb
The Mediterranean peach guild has globe artichoke, yarrow, lavender comfrey, sage, thyme, honeywort, alyssum, bulbs, garlic chives, short bearded iris...
and of course lettuces, landcress, daikon, calendula and purple mustard, dandelions, nasturtiums, clovers, etc etc
Get me the mayor's office! I need to tell him about this tiny ad: