It’s all been about the boundaries the last couple of weeks with a new fence along one boundary and tree surgeons sorting out the neglected beech hedge.
I find myself wondering if this is me staking my territory again now that we aren’t moving, bit like a cat. But if I’m honest the fence was on the to do list before we put the house on the market and in fact the old fence was only staying up right as it was tied to the tree.
Who knew it was possible to get so excited by a fence. I love this fence. It is so solid and robust and I love the colour. It blends in the with garden and isn’t that horrid garish orangey brown you used to get. If you look in the top photo you can just about see how the angle of the fence as it goes up the garden. To accommodate the fall of the ground the fence has been made bespoke and has such a better quality to it. The only mild irritation is the black electric housing which takes the electricity to the workshop. We have agreed that we will reattach it so it isn’t so obvious.
I’ve taken the opportunity to re-plant the area in the photo above. This is the first part of the grand plan – well it’s not that grand a plan, just various ideas I have had. This bit of border has been difficult ever since we moved here. I have tried various things and the badger has had a good go too. I’ve improved the soil and have moved an Abelia from elsewhere as its such a robust shrub I think it will do well and hopefully thwart the badger. Like Jekyll I really rate Bergenias as a good foliage and ground cover plants so I have added two to fill this space with wonderful foliage to give interest all year round. I’ve also added some crocus to the snowdrops that are already in this space somewhere.
In the front garden the tree surgeons have reduced the beech hedge by around two foot in height and trimmed back the sides to improve the whole look of the hedge and make my neighbour’s life easier when they get out of their car. I have been ignoring the hedge and had let it get away from me but now that it has been reduced I think it smartens up the front garden and it should improve the light to that side of the space.
So those are the boundaries sorted – now I have the bit in the middle to do.