However, before that check out my new tea cosy in NGS colours that Mum has been knitted! it is actually a giant catering size teapot that is perfect for the open garden. The teapot its self is a bit of a family heirloom from aunt Betty, and now we can add to it. Mum the pom pom is simply inspiring!
|white, no sugar please
Anyway, the bed was all about dug and then just before lunchtime I hit a big bit of concrete about a foot under the surface which I couldn’t budge, so asked Steven to come and help after lunch. An hour later we realised we had found something big as the lump grew and ended up being a solid wall base around 9ft long by 6ft. The sun went down, and over the week it provoked much debate as to whether it was an Anderson shelter (a World War 2 war shelter that was common in the UK), a greenhouse base, pond, grave or Roman plunge pool.
|Everyone loves a before and after.....this is the area in summer as a pumpkin patch
|Other side the 'wild garden' aka the annoying patch of nettles and brambles we couldnt be arsed to clear
Also to emerge was a huge amount of crap, including some of the more exciting and random finds which includes:
· About 20-30 small glass bottles of different size
· A very rusty push lawnmower
· A large iron wheel (old fashioned wheelbarrow wheel?)
· A jar of cloves
· A budgies food pot
· 3 tea pot lids
· More broken glass
· 2 old fashioned solid irons of different sizes
· A Victorian? Marmalade jar
· A White Horse Peckham beer glass
· Shoe polish tin
· A fireplace surround
· Lots and lots of rubble
|Iron and a metal wheel?!#!
|Cleared pond..pedestals at side. pallet is a half hearted attempt to help one legged cats and dopey hedgehogs
Rubble I have also been ingeniously assembling into a mound which I’m hoping looks something like a Neolithic burial mound. The idea being that it is a bit of a folly that I can stand at the top of and survey the land from and look down on the neighbours. It’s been kind of growing and growing as we find more rubble, and has got to the point where I need a step to climb up it. I don’t think Steven and the family quite know what to make of it as they look at it, pause and then ask what it is for and how I will cover it. However it WILL be fabulous, a triumph of folly design, vertical and arid gardening....that and its saving me £500 from getting more skips.
|No its not an ugly pile of rubble, its a sophisticated garden feature! (well it will be when its finished)
|Bottom of the garden looking wintry.....frosts have finished off the last of the nasturshums and Dahlia imperialis however Nicotiana tabaccum is still flowering away