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Shedman and I have worked quite hard this year – clearing three bits of our garden.  I have been looking for a “before” photo of the area we have cleared this past week.  To my surprise – I didn’t take any!  I think that I thought this bit of the garden was so unusable that we were just going to leave it alone. This is the best picture I have – it is from summer 2006 when we first moved here.

The Right hand side of the garden in 2006

In this picture – the area we are dealing with is the right hand side of the photo – It doesn’t look too bad.

A bit overgrown perhaps.  It is the “planting” along our boundary wall – between us and out next door neighbors path.  But the “planting” took up about 20 feet.

We had dumped a few bits and pieces back there from various projects around the garden over the past two years – and Shedman went to clear it out and cut back a bit of the tangle of undergrowth.

I am not really sure how the decision to turn this 20 x 20 tangle of undergrowth into more “garden” happened.

Shedman cleared and then we cut back the branches from the towering Laurel  growing along the boundary.

Looking down the garden towards the studio

Our neighbors – with whom we get on very well – cut back the Laurel branches that were overhanging their path and suddenly we had a new light plot of garden.

We moved the Medlar tree which was at the path edge of this plot – back to the wall – and the biggest surprise we got was; that we have soil, with no stones – which in this garden is practically unheard of.

My plan is to use this area as a cutting garden – although quite why I want a cutting garden as I never pick flowers for the house is a quandary.

Looking up the garden - towards our neighbors house and our house

It is also at this point that I say to Shedman “we have broken the garden”.   After the initial clearing, it always seems to look so much worse – raw and empty.

On the right hand side of the photo above is a row of blackcurrant bushes.  I have taken lots of cuttings from them – the next step is to dig the bushes up.  We will try to transplant some of them in another part of the garden.

If you look closely at the picture above you can see my neighbors kitchen roof – it is grass – how cool is that?

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Last week I photographed this part of my garden as it really appealed to me. The hardy geraniums were softly round. The foxgloves were appearing beneath the cob tree, and in the foreground the heuchera had thrown up its flower spikes and were wafting softly in the breeze. All in all I was pleased with the whole effect:- a sort of gentle wildness. Especially as they were all put in there last year – “to be going on with for now”

We had taken a lot of ailing shrubs out of this area and made a path to walk down the garden. We knew that we had to replant shrubs here eventually because otherwise we would create a wind tunnel. And some shrubs have gone in – but they are still quite small.

To-day I was moodily wandering through the garden, collecting the foxglove spires that had been ripped off by the high winds, along with aqueliga flower spikes, heuchera flower spikes. Poppies and Honesty ripped out of the ground … you get the picture.

Shed Man however, is made of sterner stuff and after contemplating the “wind tunnel” for a few moments decided that what we needed was to extend the wall in a curve, to break the winds path.

This plan was based on moving a massive boulder, which has been languishing on our drive for the past year, and placing it upright in the flower bed as the end of the new stone wall.

Fortunately, just as Shed Man was hatching this plan (He moves rocks on rollers with leavers). Dobby arrived (phew – that let me out of roller duty).

It was an arduous task.

They have moved the boulder with rollers and leavers up the other side of the wooden fence and down the gravel path to its new position.

(I was very busy digging out all the plants from this area and replanting them)

They heaved up into an upright position and planted it in the flower bed.

(I was very busy making tea and generally overseeing the operation)

The stone looked really nice sitting on its own in the flower bed and I would have quite liked to have left it just like that.

However, as Shed Man rightly pointed out – the point of the exercise was to create a wind break and that he was going to extend the existing wall to this boulder.

Dobby – after lending her muscle, left to go home, and I went to the Kitchen Garden to rescue my French Beans, as they had been ripped of their supports, clear the garlic that had been uprooted, along with some rhubarb …. You get the picture ….

When I had finished there Shed Man had nearly finished the new wall!

And I love it. This is what you see when you come to our gate.

Now I’m thinking – wouldn’t one of those little early flowering clematis look divine climbing up that wall?

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