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.
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.
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.
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?