Freshly planted garden on the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall, complete with the lovely robin who kept me company all week long. (See top picture - He sat on my hand as I weeded, waiting for me to throw him grubs and sat on my foot as I ate my sandwiches).
The stonemason, Mark Harris, is THE MAN. He says he’s never worked on a project like this before), with organic lines for the walls, but he built everything perfectly. He did most of it by eye and instinct, keeping my drawing from flying off into the sea with a lump of rock. When I came to measure it up it was utterly accurate, testament to his 35 years of experience and natural craftsmanship.
Managing the wildflowers on the Cornish hedge at the gardens boundary is a continuing labour of love for the gardener, Martin Pascoes. Which plants are too aggressive? Are we willing to lose the flowers of the Evening Primrose or the towering spire of Verbascum to make way for more delicate wildflowers that may or may not take the opportunity given some space? Luckily it is a challenge and an ongoing story that the owners are beginning to embrace and enjoy. The green roof on top of the shed is the same, but thriving in it’s inevitable neglect.
When I left there was still an old iron Victorian bath abandoned in the middle of the garden and the grass was littered with builders waste. I’ve heard from Martin that the grass is down now and I just cannot wait to see it finished. Building gardens is so totally engaging that years can go by on a project yet it never becomes onerous, the experience only gets better and more rewarding with time.