Not 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!