Even though Wordless Wednesday’s post did not have the subtle title I often give my posts, it obviously left people thinking I have a very strange taste in earrings instead of the tasteful creations they always are – shows how important words can be!
However, it must be fairly clear from this picture, without being spelt out, that a tree has just been cut with a chain saw and the resulting effect is a further reduction in shade….yes? Good! This is the wild plum that overhangs the sitooterie and casts a lot of shade on the tai chi grass and the adjacent paved area, and is a continuation of the cutting that began earlier this year. The main trunk still overhangs our neighbour’s garden but also shades ours, so that needs to be taken down too – we have had no plums for several years so it is presumably at the end of its fruiting life anyway. Fortunately the Golfer, with his structural engineering background, knows the safest way to tackle jobs like this and is still agile enough to do it despite his aged body.
The sun streams in from the south on this boundary so the effect of removing the plum will be quite profound, as it will be at the end of the woodland following the removal of the ash and wild cherry – and I am quietly excited about the resultant benefits that will be gained by the garden. In contrast, I am nigh on jubilant at the unexpected extension to the bold borders created by the sudden spark of an idea little over a week ago. This involved moving the honeysuckle screen at the end of the woodland edge border back, foreshortening the latter but allowing an increase in the size of the right hand bold border, and in preparation for the two-person screen moving this afternoon I cut the honeysuckle back severely earlier in the week, untangling it from the trellis.
I suppose it is testament to our practical natures, but the screen was lifted from its post supports and angled to my satisfaction, the fence post supports lifted and re-inserted, the screen dropped back in, horizontal support partially reattached to the wall, hellebore, persicaria and honeysuckles lifted and potted, and brick wall dismantled, in less than two hours. Instead of realigning the existing cobbled path I am retaining that and the existing border, so this new area (probably 3 or 4 square metres in total) will be a separate bold bed from which I will definitely exclude the crocosmia which is thuggishly trying to take over its bold neighbour. Where do these inspired ideas come from?! Not sure – but keep bringing them on….!