Wednesday, 9 March 2011

What happened to Spring??

Winter has returned, at least for a short while, with snow today and more to fall tomorrow.

View from potting Shed, 9am

Same view , 10am

However, not all was lost as I managed to give the climbing and rambling roses against the walls their final prune and tidy up as well as the pillar rose in the bottom herbaceous bed. Then it was down to the bottom of the garden where the soon to arrive greenhouse is going to be situated. Matthew has done a brilliant job in laying the founds, which also entailed digging out a large tree stump (Thank you Matthew).

 Foundations for greenhouse

After not inconsiderable effort and several nasty snow showers, I managed to remove the tree roots, nettles and ground elder. Once the ground dries out a bit, I'll dig it over again and remove what has been missed. The plan is for the staging to go on the south facing length of the greenhouse with a bed underneath, a central pathway then a raised bed on the other side, which will be filled with topsoil taken from molehills.

After initial root removal and weeding.

Richard and Sally, whose garden this is, have very kindly given me some photographs of the garden taken a not inconsiderable time ago and I shall scan these into the computer over the next week or so, and then post them on here to give you an idea of what the herbaceous borders were like and hopefully will be again in the not too distant future.



  1. Looks like an amzing project, Dave. I should love to have a nosey around.

    Good luck to you - you're going to be busy. Is one day a week going to be enough?

  2. I only have one day a week so it's gonna have to be enough!! There wil be a lot of work done by machine to remove stumps and create a sort of terrace effect in the middle section of the garden but to be perfectly honest, I like to do things manually and get dirt under my fingernails - always have, always will. I am conscious that the more of the garden that is brought back into play, the more maintainance it will require but I enjoy the challenge, and I love this garden and its huge potential. And I am getting to do something that few people will ever get the opportunity to do.