Over the years we have lost two and then when the storm hit, another went down. We were lucky the it didn't do any damage to the building behind or to the wall. You can see that it wasn't very deep rooted. We made the decision to have the other three conifers taken down as they too were in danger of falling. You can see the prop we put in after the previous storm as the tree leaned quite a bit
|The storm strikes|
|They have to go|
|First one comes down|
You can see from the stump how far from the wall first to come down was. We have never been able to grow any thing in that area as it's always so dry. This was then a good opportunity to redesign this area of the garden. To be honest, it couldn't of come at a better time as we are in lockdown and there were no excuses not to get on with it
|Bit of clearing up to do|
We were lucky in our timing that we were able to visit a local nursery before total lockdown. We ordered some trees to go along the wall to break it up plus two ornamental trees to give a bit of height to the new area.
We had a delivery date so - no slacking!!
|Clear - now what?|
Once the area was clear , we were surprised at the extra space we had gained. We hadn't moved any plants or shrubs, it was just a dead area. Looking at it we decided to sweep the lawn in a bit more to reduce the width. We were at this point, in the picture above, waiting to get some turf.
|Trees go in|
The trees arrived. Five 'Pyrus callryana Chanticleer' in 60ltr bags approx 16 feet tall. They took some getting in. We couldn't enlist any help because of isolating but we managed.
The dogs, I have to say, were not a lot of help!. The ground was very dry so the stakes took a bit of hammering in, that I left entity to Frank although I did helpfully hold it still while he bashed it.
Nathan had taken up some slabs from his old house and stored them at work. Having asked Jo if she needed them first, we brought them back to build a patio to re-site an existing arbour. While I painted the arbour with some paint I'd bought for another job, Frank laid the patio. We had enough slabs to make a path weaving through the border to the seat.
|Planted up path to seating area|
Gedney Bulb Company produce a wonderful range of perennials, some of which we sell in our spring season at Gee Tee, I phoned Phil up and he delivered almost 100 plants to our warehouse. A lot of the order were alpine and low growing paints to soften the edges of path and patio.
|Arbour in place|
Frank came up with the idea of putting trellis on the wall. Great - that meant I could grow clematis and other climbers. Not sure whose idea it was but it seemed a good one at the time - we painted them black. It looks stunning but not a job I would recommend
|View from the arbour|
|Windmill & Mulberry tree from the seat|
It is a joy now to sit and enjoy the view of our garden from a different angle. Of course - it wouldn't be the same without a well earned glass of chilled white wine, after all I think we deserve it - Cheers