Rain Stops Play

IMG_0979Not that much play was expected today the forecast being as it was, so the relatively mild and dry day up until mid afternoon was a bonus – and gave me the chance to make a start on the replacement screen I had been knocking bricks out for. Fresh brickwork doesn’t like the rain, of course, so when it was clear that the odd few drops were turning into persistent rain it was time to cover it up and put the tools away. The Golfer has put the end posts in position and once the wall has reached a height that looks right there will be a central upright added and lattice screens placed between the posts. The previous screen was only ever meant to be temporary, as was the brushwood fence that was replaced when The Wall was built last year, short-term divisions of the modified garden layout.

Apart from this screen and the one screening the right hand hot border (see the map of the garden if you want an idea of the layout) I do not envisage any other ‘construction’ projects in 2014, other than the seemingly on-going work on the stream – but inspiration creeps up unawares so who knows?! In terms of the softer side of the garden, the planting, I hope to sow more annuals to bulk up the borders and also achieve some sort of cohesion in them. After reading Sarah Raven’s ‘Bold and Brilliant Garden’, recommended to me by Anna of Green Tapestry, I have been won over with the basic concept and aim to develop the existing ‘hot’ borders as ‘bold’ borders instead – thus allowing purples and other zingy colours to brighten them up and fill in gaps and creating a certain frisson of excitement in this greater freedom of planting choice. Cross-fertilisation of ideas, just another benefit of this shared blogging experience!

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8 Responses to Rain Stops Play

  1. Christina says:

    I like the sound of a BOLD border, can’t wait to see it!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Christina – me too! I hope it works, bearing in mind I haven’t the same resources or creativity that Sarah Raven has!

  2. bittster says:

    Your screens really do a great job defining the parts of your garden and add so much interest. I hope I can steal a few ideas from you to cross fertilize my own garden design…. Which currently consists of little more than beds along the house and fence!
    I also have to take a look at those bold border ideas, I’m a fan of those colors too but stole a similar color palette from Christopher Lloyd a couple years back 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks for your positive comments – the boundaries in a garden can make a big contribution to the ‘design’ but I had to consider any potential shade they would create too. Hence ‘screens’ here. I have never been happy with the hot borders so I am really hoping the ‘bold’ touch will make a difference 🙂

  3. Anna says:

    Thanks for the mention Cathy and I’m pleased to read that ‘The Bold and Brilliant Garden’ is providing you with inspiration. Look forward to seeing the bold border emerge as the year unfolds.

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome. I have never been happy with the hot borders so am quite excited about this injection of boldness into them!

  4. The important thing is you’ve made the start – often it’s making the start that takes the longest of times – well it does for me!
    Your bold border sounds quite wonderful. I start off with good intent when choosing colours for the borders but always something slips in that just doesn’t work. Gook luck with it.

    • Cathy says:

      I don’t have a problem starting anything involving bricklaying, Angie – but there are plenty of other things I might delay doing (like the stream… grrr)! It’s so easy to be haphazard with border planting, and they are far more likely to be successful when they are ‘planned’ from scratch, but I do struggle with this and will just be adding ‘bold’ plants to the existing hot borders to begin with.

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