Great Nature’s Plan (and Cutting the Rector Down to Size)

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Over the last week or two I have been putting together a map of the garden, hopefully making it easier for those visiting this blog to orientate themselves and the pictures that are posted. It was a slightly challenging task, but one I enjoyed doing although I may update the plan shown above by reproducing the original on better quality paper – you can see the wrinkles on this one! I was able to base the map on an aerial photograph taken in 2002 and work round the features which existed then to come up with a representation that reflects the garden as it is today with reasonable accuracy; deciding how best to colour the skeleton took three drafts and painting rather than pencil crayoning is what gave the paper its wrinkles (not where I got mine from). Overall it was a satisfyingly creative project.

Outside, I have been continuing with another satisfying project – cutting the Rector down to size. His behaviour has been rather unseemly considering his standing – not content with trying to scratch my eyes out I am sure I heard the words Old Bag …..

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15 Responses to Great Nature’s Plan (and Cutting the Rector Down to Size)

  1. Helen Johnstone says:

    That is a most satisfying pile of prunings
    I do like your plan, so intriguing

    • Cathy says:

      And they are big bags too – very satisfying indeed! It was much easier drawing a map now the garden is revamped – I really struggled to get even a draft plan down on paper last year when I began an overhaul, and had to start by working on one part and hoping I would get inspiration once I got going, which I did, and I am reasonably happy with the structure as it is now

  2. I love the plan and I look forward to seeing your progress. Enjoy the process, the journey.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Charlie. The basic structure is in place now and it’s mostly the planting I am working on this year – except when I decide to pull up thugs and give myself a whole new section to play with!

  3. Thanks for the plan I can relate your views of the garden to it now. Thats quite a big space you have, and an interesting shape.

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome Debbie – I’m glad it helps. It is a good size and the shape gives it a quirkiness as people don’t expect it – from the house you can’t see beyond the sitooterie and the sheds so it comes as a surprise when they walk round it

  4. love your painted plan (wrinkles and all), the L shaped garden,
    cutting back can be satifying but a tad dangerous with thorns, can you shread the prunings and use them when they have broken down? Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for the positive comments about the plan, Frances! I survived the thorns pretty much, considering – only a couple to pull out of my fingers (despite gloves!). We have found shredders to be more trouble than they are worth (or perhaps we need a super duper one) and take this kind of green waste to our local skip or put it in our fortnightly ‘green bin’ collection.

      • yes some thorns can go through even strong gloves, interesting you have had trouble with shredders as since getting mine 2 years ago I think it is the best garden tool I have, it turns all those prunings I didn’t know what to do with (no car to take to waste which is near town 25 miles away and we have only had a green waste collection fairly recently) into something I can use and need,
        after washing the pots I empted yesterday I am going to dig dawn up and put her in a pot so she will get some attention, with so much to do all the time some plants don’t get tlc when they need it,
        Frances

  5. Hannah says:

    Love the map!

  6. Anna says:

    Great to see how it all fits together Cathy – the jigsaw is complete 🙂 Intrigued by the tai chi lawn. It may be an obvious question but is this where you do tai chi? I went to classes for about a year but stopped after my dad died. Did not think that I could cope with the meditation component of the class but am thinking of returning soon.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s the theory of the tai chi lawn, Anna – when we built the sitooterie on the site of the previous greenhouse I dithered about the extra space we had gained, before realising it was the only space in the garden where I could pracice tai chi, hence the grass. I don’t practice here very often (not yet, but I am hoping that like sitting on my benches it will become one of my regular routines!). I have been going weekly to a group for 4 or 5 years and it is part of who I am now. I am sorry you struggled with the meditation aspect after your dad died and hope you do decide to start again – both tai chi and meditation are such beneficial practices on many different levels. Did you get my email with address details, by the way, as I haven’t received anything yet?

  7. Anna says:

    Aaaaaah – thanks for the tip off over on my blog Cathy. I often forget who I’ve asked what 🙂 A specifically designated tai chi area sounds like a great idea. Hope to get back to classes soon before I forget what I learned. Yes I did get your address thanks and a little something will be winging its way to you in the next week. Sorry for not replying to your email – life has been rather too hectic over the last couple of months but hopefully will calm down soon. Now that’s why I need to get back to tai chi classes 🙂

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