Friday, 26 June 2009



HappyMouffetard said...

I see the greenhouse has arrived then. The cats seem very interested!

Arabella Sock said...

It is rather more deconstructed than I had imagined. This weekend will be spent taking the shed to the tip - I've already hacked down the wisteria that was growing over it. I never liked the wisteria as the leaf colour jarred but having always wanted one I couldn't bring myself to get rid of it. Now it is gone I feel a sense of relief.

I can't see the greenhouse being actually erected for months so I will have to live with displaced pots and rubbish all over the garden for most of the summer I expect. I haven't been happy with the garden for ages so this will be an excuse to overhaul it. Hopefully.

VP said...

I see Luka and Hebe are helping out already - I hope you're not leaving it to them to put the whole thing up are you?

NewShoot said...

Actually, it's the first time I've seen a full shot of your garden. I love the offset circular brickwork around the pool, very clever.

I'm sure it'll go up just fine...and if not, just think of it as entertaining source material for us all - one must suffer for one's art you know!!!

Victoria said...

Beautiful garden, beautiful cats.

Rothschild Orchid said...

How exciting!

Your garden's looking very beautiful (love the big urn at the back).

I'd just give the instructions to your purr babies and let them sort it out for you. Highly intelligent creatures cats! ;-)

Arabella Sock said...

I'm afraid the urn at the back is one of my follies but I just had to have it and even though it looks a bit ridiculous I still love it. When my brother first saw it he asked if it was plastic :( but I think it has weathered a bit since then. Obviously it looks better without the surrounding dumped plant pots and wormery lurking in the corner waiting for a new home. Not that the wormery is going in the greenhouse! Oh no - I'm not having that after what happened in the shed which I mean to blog about sometime.

I was always pleased with the offset circular brickwork surrounding the pondlet. The pondlet itself has always been problematic - the original concept was a clear pool with slate pebbles at the bottom which you could see through the water like in clear welsh streams. I didn't realise that the water would always get green and cloudy in warm weather no matter how many pondclear treatments are used. THe pumped bubble fountain packed up and it hasn't been replaced as I found it all a bit mimsy and it didn't clear the water anyway. I don't want to plant the pondlet up as the one time it really works for me is when the water is clear and viewed from my study I can see the scudding clouds and sky in it.
I guess I will just have to stick with the bailing it out and refilling every few weeks.

Anyway thanks for compliments - there are aspects of it I still really like and I'm hoping to get it back on form after the greenhouse is up.

easygardener said...

I do like the garden brickwork.
I can picture the cats lying in the sun watching you struggling to erect the greenhouse - and worrying that you won't have enough energy left to give them their next meal!

Anonymous said...

One of them appears to be stashing dead frogs in that gap between the wood - emergency rations, i expect
Lovely garden.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Lovely garden my dear Sockins, eventhough there is a to be erected greenhouse spread all over the place.

Ponds should be big-ish if you want crystal clear water. In my old garden I had a pond that was 5 by 3 m and its water was always clear, didn't have to do a thing about it. It helps when it's not in full sun all day long. So if you are going to do the overhauling thingy, make your pond bigger.