The retaining wall is now complete, the bricks relaid around the greenhouse, the next area to address is the small black hurdle fence that can be seen in the picture below. There is a line of bricks in front of the fence, I will use these as the barrier between the slate and the flower bed. Of course all the plants in the slate have already been removed at this point.
The first fence has been removed, the plant that can be seen at the bottom is a Geum which was removed to lay the retaining wall, it will be split and potted on, eventually replanted into the bed. The bricks in front of the fence are clearly visible in this photo.
The bricks have been turned on their sides, the fence is gone, i have also used some of the slate to hold the bricks, I have also re dug the beds as I have gone round, removing Celandine's as they were taking over. The difference between the beds in picture below compared to the first one is vast. It looks much neater with the fence removed, also the flowers on the Polyanthus are more visible and not hiding behind the fence.
Below are before and after pictures, what do you think? Is it better?
Another area that needed to be sorted out, the left hand side was a lot lower than the rest of the slated area, In fact, there was a big hole that needed to be filled. As you can see, it has now been filled will some soil from another area of the garden. It now makes it level so it will look much better when the slate is laid over the top.
Some new slate has been laid as I still had a few bags of it, however, not enough to completely cover the whole area, the round slabs have also been laid over the area. These will be laid properly once I have enough slate. Not being able to go out and buy any is a bit of a pain, but the majority of the work is done, so to lay a few slabs will not take long.
The bottom photo is the finished area, I am sure you will agree, it is much better than before, no collapsing retaining wall, now weeds in the slate, no big dip on the left side of the slated area, the broken fence removed and a little bit of new slate. Please tell me what you think.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.