I know this bowl and the pillar supporting it are listing like the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, but there is no need to fear as the bricks are stacked naked of mortar and are just to give me something to think about. The whole structure has since been dismantled and stored safely at ground level again:
This is one of the areas referred to in my ‘Pint Pot’ post earlier in the week, down one side of the house and leading towards the chickens’ enclosure. It has never really seemed part of the garden and despite the nominal raised ‘salad and winter veg’ bed it is in reality rather neglected. When the chickens have all gone to their heavenly chicken home the complete area will provide an opportunity for a fairly sizeable addition to the garden, but in the meantime part of it is getting a temporary revamp. The raised bed has been truncated, leaving a bed of around 1 square metre in size which I intend to use for sweet peas next year, hoping that their proximity to the house and the ease of access will mean they get cut more often.
Numerous bags of soil have been bagged up and stored in the chicken enclosure and most of the area has been repaved to continue the exiting path. The beautiful blue bowl was rescued from our local tip a few years ago and has been sitting astride a purpose built pillar in the blue & white border, where it has lost its way having been increasingly hidden by the luxurious growth of an echinops. The photo on the left shows it soon after installation, about 4 years ago, and before it became the home of a resident plastic swan. The swan flew in because the bowl needed something extra and I couldn’t decide what.
I have the same dilemma now, unsure yet if I even want to go ahead with a pillar, and if I proceed whether I want to use the blue bowl and if so what will be in the bowl! I had been considering a solar bubble fountain but it is not the sunniest of spots and I don’t want to deface the bowl and include an electric pump. A simple pond is an option, or an alpine or succulent planter, or no pillar at all and plenty of space for a variety of pots… I do want to use the bowl somewhere as it is a lovely item and the desire to recycle and repurpose runs deep in my veins; I also have a few broken decorative ceramic plates that are awaiting inclusion in some sort of project, as yet unknown, so the opportunities for the area are numerous. I foresee many contemplative visits being made to this corner until a decision is made!