Conveniently the rain held off yesterday till the day’s mortaring was dry and the Wall Project was complete – just leaving the tidying up to make a start on today. When you see the amount of mortar scraped up off the ground afterwards it makes you realise just how much of the 20 bags of mortar mix was ‘wasted’:
I mortared from the woodland edge border side, so the excess mortar here was dropping onto the bark path which wasn’t too much of an issue, but I was a little concerned about the plants on the other side, in the blue & white borders – but not so concerned that I felt it necessary to over them up from the start, instead just putting down some empty mortar bags part way through to collect the worst of it.
My first priority today was to clear the mortar from around the linum, delphinium , phlox and cosmos on the left, the trachelospermum in the middle, and another phlox, an echinops and some tradescantia on the right – they seem to have survived relatively untroubled, and as the wall is a few inches further back from the original fence line they will have the benefit of extra soil to give them a boost, using the soil I removed for the foundations. This will also mean a narrow strip of soil either side of the trachelospermum at the base of the wall, so I need a creeping blue or white something or other to romp away here – campanula, maybe, or creeping phlox? – and I will continue to ponder over whether to move the bench back against the wall.
I have to confess to being mightily pleased with the end product – and using recycled bricks makes it immediately look as if it has always been there. For anyone interested in the mathematics, the materials cost about £370 in total, not counting the Golfer’s over-estimate of the number of bricks required (I now need a small project, that uses about 100 bricks…) and it took me around 20 hours to build with another couple of hours for the foundations. A good week’s work indeed.