Starting with a close up of the concrete block of which the main wall is composed. Each of these blocks weigh eighty pounds. It was professionally built, by a man called ‘dead eye’. He could tell if something was level with uncanny accuracy. He had large, muscular helpers to carry and cut the blocks. They were artists.
Another close look at the main wall with a homemade trough with erica westwood yellow and a mini heuchera surrounded by moss.
This fence corner is overwintering a myrtis communis, bronzed up for the winter but green later. In front is a hydrangea mariesii, hoping for bloom next year, zapped this year by late frost.
Long shot of the split rail fence in the area called the knot garden. There is a chain link fence behind the tea olive hedge behind the fence I am trying to cover up.
Professionally installed rock wall and stone facing on the foundation at the front of the house. Raised beds have great drainage and your own chosen soil composition. Lots of sand is in here because it was left over from the masonry work. This bed is filled with bulbs; daffodils, tulips, fall crocus and asiatic lilies. I can sit on the edge and weed and plants and prune. A great spot.
This counts as a wall too doesn’t it? The deck is less than a foot off the ground but animals could still get under there. This was a DIY project that gave us new respect for the stone masons that did the rock on the front of the house. It’s not easy to get that mortaring right.
This rose is the rootstock of an Iceburg rose that bit the dust. It has been moved several times and is presently in the shade of some dogwood seedlings that are now fifteen feet high. The rose has stretched to get to the light. It is by the central air unit at the side of the house and is seldom seen or it would have been upgraded some time ago. It may still after looking at this photo.
The split rail fence was originally placed to keep a row of zebra grass from flopping over when blooming. It was so much work cutting down the grass in late winter that it was replaced with the osmanthus fragrans, Russian Tea Olive, in background. The tree peony in bud is protected and showcased with the wood fence and evergreen background.