Providing Support

IMG_7896After removing the rocks from the rockery the Golfer kept well out of the reconstruction of the Great Rock Wall of wherever-it-is, but was nevertheless gainfully occupied in another task – two obelisks for the shrub border. Usually he works to his own specification based on the idea I have asked him to pursue but because I showed him ‘Geoff Hamilton’s IMG_7903Cottage Gardens’ book, pointing out Geoff’s obelisk and saying “I’d like two like this please”, he followed Geoff’s design instead, hastily remaking the first one when we (the royal We, that is) decided it was too big for the proposed spot and would look out of proportion. Geoff used a plastic float from a toilet cistern  to top his obelisks but we were able to recycle the finials from a neighbour’s redundant fence posts instead. Both are now complete (but I still need to paint the second one in my usual ‘Wild Thyme’ shade) and they get a definite thumbs up from me and perhaps a few Brownie points even! No doubt they will be in situ tomorrow where they will await a climbing rose and probably a clematis each, once the plant buying option is available again.

Meanwhile, after placing the pots of plants taken out of the rockery on what is now essentially a raised bed I realised I quite liked the effect of them draping over the edge – albeit draping their partially shrivelled leaves after a week in pots during a very dry spell – and have decided to go down the line of carpeting and trailing plants here. In the short term I have just popped the old plants back, for ease of keeping them watered, but over winter I shall be planning what interesting alternatives to have instead. Similarly, in the curved bed in front of the stream source I have replaced a tiny rhododendron and an equally tiny Alchemilla alpina adjacent to a dwarf conifer (its label currently buried underneath some fresh topsoil!) that stood its ground when others were being removed. The astilbe is replanted at the other side and will be joined by some new Iris ensata next year, leaving a central patch for other as yet unknown bedfellows. The additional topsoil has not only topped up this bed, but graded out the streamside area behind it which now requires a few pieces of turf to finish it off, and the leftover rocks have been utilised either in the bed or adjacent to the stream, meaning The Rockery is now well and truly a thing of the past – hurrah!



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11 Responses to Providing Support

  1. This looks great. I can’t wait to see it next year when you get your drapes in. The Golfer should definitely get points for these obelisks. Will be interested to see them in place too.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Looking terrific!

  3. The golfer gets a big pat on the back for these beauties! Lucky you:^)

  4. johnvic8 says:

    Your new rock garden is lovely. A grand job well done. And speaking of well done, I do think your Golfer is putting too many of us to shame. Now everybody will be expecting us to be so creative.

  5. karen says:

    It’s all looking lovely, Cathy. I love those obelisks. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them. We live not far from the Geoff Hamilton Garden. There’s been a new border planted this week to mark 20 years since he died. I’m going to visit later this week.All the best. Karen

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Karen. I always think of Barnsdale as ‘local’ to us too although it’s about 75 mins drive – I like it very much there and must be due another visit soon. It was seeing the feature on GW the other week that prompted me to look at the book for the obelisk design as it was just the sort of thing I wanted anyway. Enjoy your visit 🙂

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    I made some obelisks a few years ago, they are no where near as good as the golfers! I never thought of consulting my GH book, they are wild thyme though!

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