Chelsea Flower Show starts this week which means all things leafy and green. It’s made me think about our garden plans again and re-query the sticking points, one of which raised borders, yes or no, pros and cons, what material, where and how high?
There is a practical reason for wanting raised beds – we have a patio that requires power washing every year, but in the process the plants in the beds get waterlogged and generally die which means I’m in the same position each year looking at my sad, dying borders. Besides there’s something delicious about sharp edged, rendered borders, particularly when they’re painted dark.
Except I have a strong, internal design rule that like women, things outside should be able to age so that they look better with every passing year with the accumulated patina adding to their interest. The obvious answer would be box hedging: great on the eye. But wouldn’t solve the water logging problem. And we have the dreaded Box Tree Caterpillar, which destroyed the box hedge we used to have.
A brick wall would be fab. But expensive. So thoughts are currently leaning towards railway sleepers: Natural, dark and reasonable price bracket with the Brucie bonus of almost instant satisfaction.
(All pics Pinterest)
I need to sleep on it.
Laters, Kate x
This post is a blast from the past, in recognition of the summer that’s surely around the corner..
It’s hot here in London. Silly hot – sun fat dying insects hot where the air is a physical wall of heat rising up from the baking pavements and stumbling off buildings and glass.
So why am I thinking a bit of hard landscaping is in order? Mad. But it’s not something for today but to be chewed over, slowly.
We have a pinch point in the garden just where the table is. If the flowerbed there was taken back a couple of feet it would make much spatial sense.
Besides, who does’t love a bit of cobbling? Chosen carefully it can transform the mundane and put heaven in a backyard.
Laters, Kate x