…and Time Moves On

cutting.mahoniaNeedless to say, ever since time briefly stopped still on Tuesday and my mind went into overdrive thoughts of this corner of the garden have never been far from my mind, as possibilities and permutations flit through my consciousness. Frances was right in her comment that it is the planning and building that is my primary enjoyment and whatever the end structure is it will be used for viewing only briefly as I spend so little time sitting anywhere in the garden – which is why whatever goes in this space needs to be more than just a viewing platform, a structure that adds something to the ‘design’ (cobbling together) of the garden itself.

Despite being on high alert for ideas, it was important that the ancient mahonia in the corner was removed first, to fully open up the corner and begin to get a bigger picture of the space available and what things looked like from this previously overgrown corner. Sometime was spent considering the future of the said mahonia when it was the subject of a vase back in December, but I decided to leave it where it was for the time being – not so this time, and it was definitely in for the chop today. Bow saw and loppers fairly quickly cut it down to size, despite being hampered by a tangle of mile-a-minute creepers, but reducing the pile to manageable proportions will take a lot longer – and there will be a stump to deal with eventually too…..but the light!

There was a massive increase in light as the two trees were reduced but I wasn’t expecting so much more when the mahonia went. The sun streams into this corner from the south west, not only illuminating the main borders in a way they haven’t seen for a long time, but completely opening up the corner – so this will have to be fed into the equation too. More food for thought…..

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18 Responses to …and Time Moves On

  1. Christina says:

    I like the planning and preparation the most too. But I do sit in my garden to enjoy it. Most evening in summer we have dinner outside and lunches too at he weekends.

  2. That’s one big Mahonia! I can see why it was for the chop. It sounds like you’re removing it completely, rather than cutting it back? You do seem to have taken on a mammoth task, with all that hacking. Very brave, but as you say, all that increased light completely changes the complexion of the garden and it’s possibilities. Gardens do need drastic measures from time to time, otherwise they risk becoming stagnant. It’s easy to get sentimental and stay attached to the status quo!

    • Cathy says:

      And there is certainly nothing sentimental about the mahonia as it is one of the few plants that were in the garden when we came – I have just learned to ignore it! And yes, it will all be removed 🙂

  3. Cathy says:

    How exciting! I also rarely just sit in the garden, but when I do I have a few favourite spots!

  4. Julie says:

    I rarely sit in my garden Cathy, but I really like to look at the places where I have seats or perches as its relaxing just to think there is an opportunity should I wish too and your new project may just be the place you want to sit in. Its lovely to reclaim light and even nicer to have choices. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Julie, that is exactly how I see it – we are obviously on the same wavelength! The Corner will be the subject of an indeterminate outcome for some time I suspect – but then there will a lightbulb moment… 🙂

  5. Chloris says:

    I think you have been planning on moving that Mahonia for some time. It is so satisfactory to move something big and bulky and suddenly you have space and light.
    I love the idea of a viewing platform, in fact I would love a tree house.
    The great thing, as you say, is the planning and having a new project on hand. How awful it would be to look at the garden and think: ‘ that’ s it, it’ s finished’ .

    • Cathy says:

      I did consider ousting it before, but at the time it would have served no useful purpose doing so, unlike now. Having only recently acquired a new border from the Top Soil Rescue episode it is indeed exciting to suddenly reclaim yet another bit of garden. Having develiped the garden almost from scratch and revamped paerts of it I suspect – thank goodness – that there will never be a time when I can say “all finished now”. It may be of course, as I get old and doddery, that I would like to be able to say it after all!

  6. bittster says:

    You’re going to have a completely new garden come spring! I love having mature plants, but also love starting fresh, and it’s a constant back and forth in a small garden.

  7. Pauline says:

    Planning and planting are my favourites too, I had a feeling that the Mahonia would go eventually! If you plan a viewing platform, do remember your neighbours. In our village, there was such a fuss when a tree house was built and the neighbours complained, eventually the council got involved and it had to be pulled down. I would love a tree house round the dead oak, but doubt if I will ever get one !
    It will be very interesting to see what you eventually plan for this area.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, even though I am too interested in looking into our garden to think about looking into our neighbour’s I am aware of the theoretical intrusion so will be considering that – no idea of the potential outcome yet!

  8. Cathy I have been thinking since you last posted about the light since the trees were cut that your neighbours too maybe enjoying more light, what ever you put up will not block so much light but the neighbours may prefer the trees, I think if I had a neighbour erecting a tree house/platform my main concern would be them over looking my garden and so losing my privacy, interesting reading your thoughts and progress with this project, Frances

    • Cathy says:

      Never fear Frances, I am definitely not an anti-social neighbour and those on the other side of the fence are already glad to have lost some of the shade from their garden. All still at the pre-planning stage, but there will not be a tree house or platform anyway ….. 😉

  9. I am always amazed at what a difference it can make, heavily pruning or removing a large plant. Plus always interesting to see your garden from a different perspective. I spend ages sitting in my garden, but rarely to do anything as sensible as relax, my brain is generally churning through different plans and dreams, so that I barely see what is actually in front of me, more what I intend to see in years to come!

    • Cathy says:

      But perhaps our vision sometimes neglects to see things like potential shade – mine certainly did! Is it inevitable that our minds will forever be observing and planning and plotting when we have such a deep relationship with our gardens, I wonder?

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