Posted: 15/03/2015 at 13:46
The back lawn:
It's a bit crap, isn't it?
The first view is from the south. River to the right, people's bedroom and living room windows to the left, car parking spaces in the foreground and neighbours in the background. Between the building and the riverbank trees, it's a dull sort of place, so shade-loving plants only, I think.
Yes, that's a washing line. We have three of those for twelve flats. That one's not used much partly because it's in a chilly, dull place relative to the other two, but it is used.
The trees are overcrowded, forked, leaning towards the house, rubbing together and so on, I know. Professionals with access equipment, power tools and insurance are coming to sort them out. That'll let in a little more light.
So, once that's done, what do I do with that space? I'm thinking a wide paved area from house wall to washing line, as the house already has paving next to it and that's shorter than from drive to washing line, low-growing plants south of the line to the drive and all around the line, medium-height ones along the top of the riverbank and beyond laundry-contact range to the north and something dense and pretty covering that wall. They all have to like it shady and slow-draining, and they mustn't annoy the people living around them or reduce the sale or rent value of the flats.