Six on Saturday: a Lumberjack’s Eye View

The first time we used scaffolding to cut down a tree at this end of the garden, on that occasion I clambered up it to get a better view of this end of the garden, as we don’t have upstairs views of any of the garden from the house; this in turn triggered the building of the bothy, which gives a slightly elevated view, one I feature in end of month view posts. At 3 metres tall, the current scaffolding is higher than the structure we had then, and its position provided the opportunity for a rare view across parts of the garden and so, limbering up for the task of summer pruning the wisteria, I grabbed the exciting opportunity of a lumberjack’s eye view from the upper platform.

I must admit to being thrilled at how well the structure of the garden stands out, and how the different areas interlink, bringing a degree of satisfaction rarely felt by an average gardener like myself who is never satisfied with their garden as it is – that’s just the structure, mind you, as the content is another matter! Anyway, above is a view over the recently realigned main borders,  with the Acer griseum and bronze heuchera bed in the middle foreground and the clematis colonnade with underplanted roses to  the left; below is a similar view with more of a glimpse into the woodland, and a better view of the clematis colonnade:

You couldn’t see the bottom end of the garden with the bold borders, the working greenhouse and the cutting beds very well from that vantage point, but we are looking towards them in the photo below, with the revamped bold border against the wall on the mid right, and another facing it, behind the trellised fence. On the left you can see into the blue & white border, with its curved bench:

The blue & white border is shown again in the next photo, where you can see it in relation to the adjacent rose garden, one of the areas that will particularly benefit from increased light now that the tree has gone:

And doesn’t it look as if we have a lot of shed space?! Even I was taken aback when I saw the extent of it from my perch, although it’s a little deceptive as part of it is an overhang tagged on to provide storage space for the scaffolding when not in use. ‘My’ shed is under the ridge on the top right, and the area behind the ridge on the front right is where the compost area is discretely hidden. Seeing this picture, you might begin to understand why the Golfer has had so many issues with leaks with all that roof and the undulating ridges and gullies – but then again perhaps he just likes roofing, as even he will have lost count of the number of times the tiles have been on and off…

The original buildings would once have been an outside toilet (appropriately, that’s my shed!) and a pigsty (inappropriately, the Golfer’s workshop). The tree at the front of the buildings is our variegated holly and beyond this to the right is the boundary hedge and a number of mature trees in our neighbour’s garden.

So that’s my rather different Six on Saturday in a busy week in both the garden and on this blog. Please now consider popping over to our host Jon the Propagator to see very varied Sixes of other bloggers.

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40 Responses to Six on Saturday: a Lumberjack’s Eye View

  1. Your hardscape looks wonderful! and especially from above, the plan works. You keep scaffolding on hand for roof repairs by the Golfer?

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy. We were given the original scaffolding when we were building the exrension and it proved useful for all sorts of things like hedge and wisteria trimming as well as house painting and maintaining rooves. This is lightweight aluminium scaffolding we bought to replace the original heavier structure – it’s not quite as stable but much easier to move around

  2. Heyjude says:

    How very different to see the garden from above! You really are surrounded by other houses aren’t you? Your garden is like a hidden secret in the middle. I love the clematis colonnade.

    • Cathy says:

      It was so exciting to have those views, Jude – perhaps we need to erect the scaffolding every so often just so I can take photos! And thinking about it, I should certainly use my camera when I am pruning the wisteria, to get a different view of that part of the garden too…

  3. Cathy says:

    It is lovely to see the garden from above, with all the little separate areas linking into each other… something that is hard to imagine as a whole from single photos. I should think you could do with a rest soon after all that activity and the heat too!

    • Cathy says:

      I was looking forward to our eecent aerial photos, but when we received them I was a little disappointed because the tree cover meant the details weren’t very clear, although I shall have more done in other seasons too – so I was particularly excited to have these views!

      • Cathy says:

        We have considered getting our own drone for aerial views as it would be useful for checking on our patch of woodland. Apparently they are not as expensive as I thought and they are getting easier to use too, so perhaps something to look into….

        • Cathy says:

          I wonder what the quality of camera is like on the cheaper drones – the chap in the village who did ours is a professional photographer so his must be a pretty decent one. It’s so interesting to have such views, and I would have started looking into getting one ourselves if it wasn’t for this contact

  4. bcparkison says:

    Up, up and away .Sure looks like you are on the roof for this birds eye view. wonderful place

  5. rusty duck says:

    Oh that’s brilliant. It really does show how the areas of the garden interlink. Whenever we have had scaffolding I’ve been up it quicker than the proverbial rat up the drainpipe.. there is no better view of the garden!

  6. I start to hyperventilate a bit when I see urban backyards crowded in like that and I’m always amazed by the beautiful gardens they often contain. Yours is exceptionally packed with gorgeous flowers and so well laid out! A bird’s eye view is so exhilarating!

    • Cathy says:

      Birds don’t realise how lucky they are! Do you get claustrohobic in crowded places Chris? We have a narrow frontage to the street so visitors are always amazed by how much garden there is behind the gates

  7. Yes. Large crowds make me very uncomfortable. So do small crowds. 🙂 I work in a huge city but driving/walking is somehow different…

  8. Anna says:

    What a different perspective you get from that elevated perch Cathy. The Golfer has done a marvellous job with his tree surgery. I envy both your ability to cope with heights. I get dizzy just watching himself go up a ladder.

    • Cathy says:

      Strangely, although the Golfer has worked at height on gantries and bridges in his working life he would now struggle to climb up a tower in a castle or cathedral, and could not cross the aqueduct at Llangollen for example. The scaffolding must be different somehow – perhaps it’s what can be achieved by climbing up the scaffolding…!

  9. Noelle M says:

    What a great way to ‘survey’ your garden…you were Queen of your domaine. Maybe your neighbour has a premonition of this when he, is it a he, erected that extra height on his fence. Did you manage to see what he was up to in his garden? I had to have a laugh thinking about this.

    • Lisa at Greenbow says:

      Yes, inquiring minds want to know what the neighbor is up to. tee hee…

    • Cathy says:

      I wondered myself if he might be a suspicious!! But no, you couldn’t see into his garden which is beyond our fruit cage – not that there seems to be anything in there other than a shed! It has been suggested it is the occupants of the house a few doors down from us who just have sheets across their windows and directly look out onto the Fenced one (albeit across two other gardens) who may be considered to be the nosy ones… Who knows ?! 😉

  10. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    I think it is the most fun to see a garden from above. You have so many nooks and crannies in your garden is must seem like a treasure hunt to find all your interesting plants. The shed has the most complicated roof I have seen. It is good that you have a steady scaffolding to use.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I love aerial photographs, Lisa (and maps)! Sometimes I do need to make a point of walking round parts of the garden that might not be on my regular route, just to check on what’s flowering, And of course it isn’t always easy for the Golfer to find me! I can’t even remember what the original roof of the shed would have been like – but it certainly didn’t have all these different pitches!

  11. I love your garden the way it has lots of nooks and crannies to retreat to

  12. Catherine says:

    How amazing to have views over your garden from such a height. Your garden looks like a treasure trove that many would love to explore.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes Catherine – I thin it might be worth putting the caffolding up every so often just to take photos! Actually, we have a ladder that extends more than 3m, so that might be easier…! 😉

  13. tonytomeo says:

    That looks like a fancy outhouse from above. Mine was built on top of a hollow redwood stump.

  14. Chloris says:

    Lovely to get an aerial view of the garden. It looks wonderful. In my previous garden, where I had a woodland garden, I always fancied a treetop walkway but it stayed just a dream. Even here I would like a treehouse, it’s a pity I have no grandchildren, I could pretend it was for them.

  15. cavershamjj says:

    as others have said, lovely to get a view from on high! fab garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jon – I was thrilled to have the opportunity, although of course we could put the scaffolding up at any time to create a photo opportunity, but I didn’t think of that before… 😉

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