Posted: 09/06/2013 at 17:50
Lovely B-L. enjoyed those pictures immensely.
Birdy, last bit first. The trees above the Snowdrops are Damsons mostly, though Hawthorn is there as well. The soil is a nice mix of leaf mould, broken glass, scrap metal and bits of concrete asbestos (the kind used for garages once upon a time) You do not dig in there without gloves on believe me.
We bought the house with the land with the intention of starting a Nursery, but ill health made that impossible so we began the garden. There was no plan as such, except that we tried to have both open views and more secluded spots.
Much of the design was influenced by what was in or under the soil. For example, one area still has the concrete flooring of the three other house which were here until the 1950's.
Another design forced on us was/is the presence of hug numbers of old batteries (don't ask me why) from the modern right back to very early accumulator types. The veg patches had to go where there was none of these potential hazards to health.
All the work was done by myself and my wife with the occasional help from our daughters, but no outside paid help. One advantage of being unemployable is having plenty of time.