Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:49
I was thinking of sticking to the "35cm max height" ones for that area and nothing over 50cm south of it, so stuff couldn't whip across it. I'll have to see how near the ground my own bedding gets before I can decide that one, I suppose.
If I pave the whole area, that's something like 16 sq m of paving, with 16 sq m of sand under it. That's a lot of weight to haul around and a big job to get properly level.
I reckon most plants will cope with a flower being pulled off or with being pulled up and trodden back into place, and if they don't I can replant.
So ... variations on a theme:
A reduced central group of flowers, where there isn't actually any line, or a central gravel patch and access a little nearer the approach, with more gravel between the access and BT's cover.
Thing is: I've got to hide the messy concrete block and the stump of the old line in the middle and don't fancy filling in enough to pave over them or smashing it up and hauling it all out then redoing the base on the new line. Some pretty gravel might be the better option, though.
The circles are where the ends of the four arms go, so laundry will be hanging well within those circles not around the edges of them. I think it's probably far enough from low-growing plants.
Ooh, new find: 60x30 and 40x40 slabs and matching circle-in-a-square sets. That might work better. 1.85m, 2.17m and 3.05m diameter, though? That doesn't fit with any of their slab sizes. That's not rational!
Oh, well, if I hide the corners with plants overhanging them I can make it look rational enough, eh?
Solid patio under the line. Gravel in the centre space. Access from path beside house is all of 45cm wide but there won't be anything even knee-high next to it. More gravel between there and the telecoms hatch thing. Solid edging to protect the patio structure, then plants around the outside overhanging to hide the corners.
Now it seems a LOT of work for a washing line. I'd think if I was going to do all that I'd want ... a fountain or a statue or a statue holding a fountain or a little table with four chairs or ... something other than a washing line.