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.
The 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:
Monday 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!)…
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:
Another 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 here 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!