The garden at the new house is in roughly three parts. Immediately outside the back door there is a sizeable Terrace with some good seating, then up the steps into a lawned area with a wonky garden shed!
I’m sure we can mend the shed and give it a makeover if only I can work out how to get it level ( I’m thinking car jacks at the moment! ) but it’s not a priority at the moment. What is a priority is getting the flower beds done, by that I mean getting some soil as there is literally no depth to the garden as it is on free draining andesitic lava layers,
As you can see, there was nothing for it but to have top soil delivered! The borders are fairly modest, not like the borders I had in Devon so I will have to think creatively. Incidentally, this picture was taken the same day as the rainy picture, in fact about half an hour between them, but that’s what it has been like all summer.
The second area of garden is just to the right and it is all paved. It has a metal farm gate and there is room to pull the car in. This area also houses a massive oil tank, the dustbins, compost bins and a couple of old coal bunkers. One of the first jobs that I did was to clear the area of the weeds that were growing up between the paving slabs, cut back the Virginia Creeper that was swamping everything and empty out the compost bins which had really use been used as glorified dustbins. I have never seen so many egg shells as there were inside them!
We intend to put a new shed on this area and perhaps build a pergola type thing to hide it and the oil tank, whilst still maintaining access. As you can see, we also have a lane that runs along the back of the garden, jolly useful for deliveries.
The third part of the garden is the garden to the cottage and as such cannot be reached from the back of the house but I intend eventually to break through the stone wall that separates them ( behind the oil and ) and have some fruit trees and fruit bushes there as well as a less formal patch. It needs quite a bit of work but I think it should be rather attractive when it’s done – eventually.
The garden is like Brighton Beach, and much as I like Brighton I don’t need to be reminded of it in my garden, where space is precious. So, mass movement of stones, I shall put them in th front of the house and dig out the soil where it is against the wall, take up the membrane probably, and I think have raised beds, with more soil and compost brought in. Simple!