It’s been all systems go this week.
At last, this wall is ivy free, and order has been restored, to this little bit of the courtyard anyway. It’s been an absolute battle, especially scraping the remnants off the wall, in the end, hubs burnt it off, well, singed it enough for me to paint over it.
Once the wall was painted, it all seemed like a distant memory. Always the way, isn’t it?
All I need to do now is to add a couple of hanging baskets then wait for all the bulbs to come up.
Next up, was moving a couple of wooden raised beds from the courtyard into the back garden. First, all the soil had to be removed, this takes far longer than you think! Once in situ, we had to fill the darn things up again! Happily, they are now planted with acers, standard roses, iceberg roses and parsley. Why parsley you may ask, well, mainly because I had about thirty plants kicking around from last year.
I also planted out some roses in pots, and the new olive trees in the brick raised beds. Soon, what look like twigs at the moment will be glorious come summer, fingers crossed!
Buddy, of course, found the new planters straight away, why did I think he wouldn’t?
My final task was to clear all the climbers, shrubs and tree branches from the courtyard fence as a new fence is to be installed soon…sighs… so began a week of hacking, sawing, chopping, snipping, and digging.
Trug after trug was filled and taken to the tip for recycling. I lost track of the runs hubs made.
How bare it all looks now. Still, the climbers and buddleia should bounce back, and many shrubs can be replanted.
I pruned all the lower branches off the trees, I now have some very tall trunks on the elder, plum and pear trees!
I’m glad that’s sorted, it’s been a right old slog, especially in the rain and sleet. All that remains is to collect all the stones.
All that dead wood resulted in several rather marvelous chimineas!