It may look that way but, rest assured, any apparent havoc has been wreaked in the name of ‘Improvement’, although you wouldn’t think so at the moment!
Replacing the pergola that separates the paved area and streamside, continuing down the side of the sitooterie, is ongoing and once the structure was removed from the first section I took advantage of the situation and dug out the climbing roses and all the ferns that were growing along its length. The ferns came in 3″ pots from Morrison’s (a UK supermarket) in 2003/4 but were now massive specimens and hugely difficult to dig out; the original intention was to split them into a more manageable sizes and replant them but other options are now being considered, along with alternative planting options for the roses. The paved area has become a jumble of planters, benches and abandoned ferns and overall it has been quite a physical week!
The whole streamside area looks very different now the stream is not concealed by overhanging fern fronds and the bright yellow and red leaves of the witch hazels are somehow more prominent.
Despite the example set by the witch hazels, green is still very much in evidence as autumn creeps into the garden only very slowly, but every day we see more of his handiwork alongside the seasonal spider webs.
All will be revealed in due course, but in the meantime rain has stopped play and spade, paintbrush, saw and drill have fallen quiet…
I know several other bloggers have ongoing projects at the moment, so do go to Steve’s blog at Glebe House where he will be featuring what is happening in his garden at the end of September and where he is kindly hosting links to End of Month Views on other blogs.