Pumping Iron

After last week’s busy week I was looking forward to getting on with things in the garden, particularly dealing with the small pile of bricks stacked neatly and patiently waiting beside the cherry tree stump. Sunday saw the width of the bed reduced by widening the path, utilising slabs and cobbles recycled from elsewhere in the garden, removal of some of the soil and the worst of the ivy roots, as well as cutting out cherry roots that would have interfered with the line of the bricks.

IMG_5820The climbing rose in its bottomless pot had to be untied from where it had been sprawling onto the rear shed extension and the pot gently tipped over and moved aside, before the pile of pebbles I had removed from the bed were spread along the proposed brickline:

IMG_5821Monday was a damp day even when not raining so put paid to any bricklaying, but despite the forecast for Tuesday the afternoon was dry enough to get stuck in and the bricks were laid in a couple of hours, with the following two photographs clearly showing that although I love bricklaying I am not a master craftsmen but at least the end results always scrub up well (and our extension is still standing after 17 years!)…

IMG_5834 IMG_5835 The following day saw the replacement of the rose, removal from the pot revealing from its label that it was in fact ‘Rose-Marie Viaud’ rather than the ‘Veilchenblau’ I had recalled it as being, and the planting of a new clematis, C jouiniana ‘Mrs. Robert Brydon’ which is to sprawl across the raised bed and the lower parts of the cherry stump:

IMG_5873Another clematis is to be trained onto the rusty gate, found in the hedge a number of years ago and now used for decorative rather than practical purposes. The lower area is to be partially paved with the old water pump currently on the front wall of the shed re-sited IMG_5874here instead and made to function. Until the receptacle for the water flow is decided on (galvanised tank, old sink?) and purchased the paving will have to wait as it will need to fit round it. Meanwhile the rusty pump will need to be painted and a suitable electric pump researched – but there are lots of seasonal tasks to be attended to in the interim!


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25 Responses to Pumping Iron

  1. homeslip says:

    This corner of your garden reminds me of the Winter Garden at Polesden Lacey where a paved and partly walled garden has an intriguing decorative iron gate leading to an out of bounds area. It’s one of my favourite parts of the entire garden. I love the air of mystery this corner of your garden has and I’m genuinely impressed with your bricklaying and who can resist roses and clematis growing together – not me! My mum used to make low dry stone wall edgings to contain her treasures and as we all eventually become our mothers maybe one day I will turn my hand to this practical skill too?

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks! I don’t think my Mum has ever laid a brick in her life but I would be hopeful that at least one of my two Girls might turn their hand to bricklaying at some stage in their lives. They are certainly both very aware what 2 practical people like the Golfer and myself can achieve – to a degree it’s largely a matter of wanting to do it and in most cases there’s no great mystery attached to the skill

  2. Pauline says:

    You have been so busy again! I feel quite exhausted after reading all that you have written, it all sounds wonderful and I can’t wait to see the photos next year once your rose and clematis start growing again.

    • Cathy says:

      Quite a small scale project in the overall scheme of things really though, Pauline! Sadly the rose is rather droopy since it was taken out of its pot and replanted but I am hopeful it will perk up again šŸ˜¦

  3. Christina says:

    A very neat job, you can come and lay some bricks here any time when you run out of possibilities there. Yes, roses and clematis – lovely.

  4. johnvic8 says:

    Isn’t it fun to be crafty…to see the results of your efforts and creativity. I think the coffee (tea?) cup is a nice touch.

    • Cathy says:

      Ha ha – the cup (tea, as it was afternoon) was incidental, John, as these days I usually have stop a task when it’s time for a drink but as I only had a small amount more to do that afternoon it made sense to carry on (and the Golfer was cooking that night, not me) šŸ™‚

  5. AnnetteM says:

    I am always impressed by your ideas and your practicality. I look forward to seeing the Rose and Clematis in flower.

  6. Helen Johnstone says:

    You are very good at brick laying, and I would be really chuffed if I had achieved what you have this week

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks, but do have a go yourself Helen if you need some bricklaying done – it’s far easier than you might think. That little project only took a couple of hours.

  7. Amy says:

    Just watching your bricklaying prowess has at least encouraged me to try some very basic pavers (job not completed yet!) – which is a big breakthrough though I hesitate to admit it! I love your bricks and cobbles as they make everything look so timeless and of a piece in the garden. Love the redo idea with the pump šŸ™‚
    Now here’s hoping my comment will post correctly…

  8. rickii says:

    I hope you are properly puffed up with a sense of accomplishment.

  9. Wow, amazing! Very impressed with the bricklaying.

  10. I can tell you have done this before. Nice neat job. It will be interesting to see how the pump project fits into this scheme. Seeing this is making me eye my pile of bricks with new enthusiasm.

  11. What a transformation! I admire your brick laying skills, I hope the roses and clematis will appreciate the new home.

  12. Anna says:

    Oh what a pleasing nook Cathy and I like the stained glass window. Job well done!

    • Cathy says:

      The taller wall was a much earlier project, Anna, built to hide the compost area behind. The stained glass came out of the front door of my parents’ last house when their door was replaced, probably about 30 years ago and it was in various lofts for many years till I decided what to use it for!

  13. You and your bricklaying! You are indomitable, and an inspiration. The little corner is transformed already, look forward to seeing rose and clematis strutting their stuff, and the new lease of life given to the old pump.

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