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Sue Tatman

Sue Tatman

  • Date Joined: 11 Jun 2007

Tuesday - Day 2

Posted by Sue Tatman on 10 Jul 2007 at 08:25 PM

Tuesday dawned fine and bright, after yesterdays rain. The area around our garden still looks like a building site, which it is. We are still processing all the sleepers, but our volunteers have organised themselves into an efficient production line, and by mid-afternoon all the sleepers have been planed smooth, sanded, and given a coat of wood stain. 

The foundations of the garden are all in place by the end of the day. This has been a slow job as all the pieces have to cut and placed with fine precision. The garden is a geometric design of triangles and diamonds, and to look right all the angles and joints must be exact. Our carpenters keep measuring and checking to make sure everything is as it should be. 

The first of our plants arrived today, and they look great. The colour scheme for the planting is based on reds and purples. We have some lovely dark foliage, a red-tinged Sedum, and deep purple Heucheras. There are also chocolate Cosmos and a fantastic almost-black Scabious. To prove they will be attractive to insects, within minutes I saw a bee investigating the flowers. We also have dozens of Sempervivums (house leeks) in a range of sizes and colours. These will fit in the gaps in the sleeper wall, making a habitat for many invertebrates. They are going to look stunning!

Have a look at the photos and see for yourself.

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