Feeling pretty up-to-date with ‘real’ gardening jobs yesterday, I instead took the opportunity to fill the car and take accumulated bags of rubbish to the skip – mainly bags of spent mortar from The Wall project, but also waste timber from re-roofing the ‘bus shelter’ and some final trimmings from the Rector after tying in his wayward new shoots that will flower next year. It was my first visit to our new super duper waste disposal site, and what an improvement it is to the old one (for the public, that is, as when I asked the man who had been in charge at the previous site how he liked his new home, he said he didn’t – ” too much walking”…). One of the additions to the facilities was a community shop, selling stuff too potentially useful to scrap – like a permanent car boot sale but in a purpose built unit. I emptied my boot of rubbish, then filled it with this large (about 60cm diameter) and heavy ceramic bowl, a couple of chairs and a book for the Golfer.
The bowl will, of course, be another potential project – no drainage hole, so it could hold water – and it occurs to me that it is the same colour as all that leftover blue gravel… Hmm, something to ponder on…. Even if it takes as long to determine a use as it did the tank and sink on the right it will still prove an asset to the garden in the long run, I am sure. With the latter two, although their fortunes are now determined, waiting till the spring to be planted seems a sensible option. I love being able to find an alternative use for bargains like these, and with a fairly informal garden there is a lot of scope for placing these objets trouvés, like this pair of old taps in the woodland.
More people seem to be getting wise to the benefits of unwanted pallets for fences and other garden projects these days, and a local reclamation yard has great potential for a range of schemes even if they only require bricks, with reclaimed bricks or tiles always giving an instant aged look (below). Such yards will always have a range of chimney pots too although the one below came from a car boot sale and adds height and colour and substance to one of the hot borders throughout the year.
Sometimes thinking out of the box is necessary, like snapping up an urn that has a hole in the back of it, picking up a random bit of dumped rubbish in a car park (could be a thermostat probe according to the Golfer – looks more like a metal bullrush to me) or putting a range of scrap metal together to make a sculpture. I like a bit of a challenge, and today has been a day of review, rambling with a purpose, plotting and planning – who knows what will appear in the garden next year other than the inevitable new plants?!