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The sunny upper terrace is crammed with terracotta pots and seven, rectangular, deep, black wooden planters made by Ben’s father. Charlie fills every available space with lettuce, rocket, mesclun leaves, garlic, potatoes, herbs and beans, but can’t resist adding tulips and dahlias as well as sweet peas growing up twiggy sticks and cane wigwams. A deep, reclaimed water tank ensures the roots of Trachelospermum jasminoides stay cool and damp even when the couple are away for long periods. Decking and fencing has transformed what was once a bare lead roof area into an intimate space for enjoying a morning coffee or early evening glass of wine among pots of agapanthus, foxgloves and Verbena bonariensis.