We have been continuing to work on the area of garden reclaimed from thin air by the large terrace wall and lots of soil infill. We got 20 tonnes of soil from a different quarry in West Yorkshire that we liked the look of. We built a curving boundary dry stone wall that defines a large sloping soil bed that we raked out and have begun planting up with trees and shrubs. In this area we have also created paths lined with sawn sandstone blocks leading to a small sandstone patio with an interesting block stone altar table.
Here is the wall underway:
The wall has opened up a large sloping bed that had quite a bit of top soil brought in from elsewhere to bolster the fertility. The small trees that have been planted towards the wall are a prunus spinosa and a viburnum opulus. We also put in a few different varieties of euphorbia, which makes for a more interesting planting. Everything just needs a lot of watering and some time to grow!
Below the wall, the path sweeps round to the sandstone patio and large block table that we have built. The table and patio are on the edge of the terrace but puts the sitter at the height of the sambucus growing on the other side. When it's in blossom this is a nice time to sit and reflect.
The wall continues and tightly curves to form a large ovular car parking space. This has to be a large substantial wall with large foundations, which is still underway. We have just had another 20 tonnes of stone delivered from West Yorkshire and it looks like quite a pile, but a long and tall wall like this is very hungry for stone so it will all disappear into the wall in due course.