There is always something in the garden that I am not quite good enough to do, and it is at times like that I need help from somebody to do it better. Just as I was pondering the complexities of lean-to greenhouse erection today, a savior came along in the form of a former employee, looking for a little paid employment. The one things he is good at...... precisely what I am not! Drills, rawl plugs, screws, and wood! He has even offered to put up a Swift box 5-7me up which I was beginning to think needed scaffolding to be successful with. He is a great lover of birds!
Not everybody who exchanges ideas here also keeps a flower garden, but I succumbed to Rhodos and Azaleas before this last spring and I am now entranced. I've got about a dozen azaleas now but three particularly fine full growing Rhodos which will help disguise the horrors of the nearby road. They will be 1.5m high in seven or eight years, and be a joy to behold rather than a pain to hear, from that part of the garden. I also plan to build a wall to
"chuck the noise right back where it comes from," according to a sound engineer.
I've built a set of steps to a high terrace made ,not from bricks this time but from tanalized but non treated wood. I am not keen on tarred sleepers, so a sacrifice in years had to be made.
"won't last long!"
I am hoping DV(deo volonte/god willing) to extend in to the paddock set aside for me by the favor of a local gentleman farmer. I am endeavoring unsuccessfully to grow bare root Yew to plant along the road side of the Paddock but it has been so dry and hot this summer I have not made much progress. Bare root Ornamental Box is excellent though, and repotted. The yew does not want to repot, wants to go deep straight away perhaps, but some rain may help. They grow well at any time when it is wet!
I am making further plans for greenhouses and a flat roof above my kitchen and bathroom is coming in for attention as a sedum or moss roof. I can't find anybody who actually sells moss! It may be quite delicate,
unlike Sedum. One particular plant that Vic sells ,may be the answer to light weight plant growth on the rood after installing the waterproof membrane and the water conservation layer.
I have got a well cover which is going to remain as cover ,with a rockery on top, for some time, so i am going to do some Alpines on there this coming year to see how they get along. I should like to put a fibre glass top on the well, but the manufactured to measure steel rim and the manufactured reinforced glass comes at quite a high price. It would begin to give the garden a very elegant look indeed.
Saying that the walls look rather amateurish, except for one thing. Much of them is/are recycled bricks from 1961, when I last did some wall building in the garden. Memories of those days came flooding back to me, every time I broke up another concrete part, in order to "scutch"(clean) the bricks! The cost of 45m of wall has been very modest, about £800, but labor?! arrgghh! Labor!
The greenhouse is going to be a great joy for me, in the perfect place. As a child two greenhouses went unused in our garden to my great chagrine. NOW I have got one! 62 years later and an ambition for all that time. I shall grow message board champion tomatoes, figs.... all sorts!
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