..............in the garden
I've been absent from here, mainly due to illness,but also spending a lot of time reclaiming my garden. The flood waters left soil behind that's contaminated very badly with e coli, heavy metals and chemicals, and although I've been scrupulously careful, I've ended up with nasty bugs and infections that linger on for ages. It's taken me ages to write this post, it was harder than I realised to go back and look at the photos from the flood.
So, there's lots of *then* and *now* pics, and they pretty much speak for themselves.
This is what greeted me the next day when the water had started to go down .....fences gone, debris and mud piled up everywhere......
|That black and white splodge is a magpie, flying low, not stuck there. My roses are under there somewhere!|
And now, with the debris and mud cleared away, new fences up and the beginnings of a garden it's looking much better ....
|Still a way to go replacing all the garden but bit by bit it's happening|
The side of the house has gone from looking like this
|Looking a lot better|
|New paving put down, using bricks that surfaced all over the yard when the water was gone. No idea if they were already buried in the yard, or were washed in from elsewhere.|
I've put woodchips right along here, not wanting to do a lot of in-ground planting, but also to give Mirrhi her own place to sleep in the garden, and so she can see what's going on through the fence and talk to passers-by, without getting into trouble for being on the garden
|A work in progress......photo is dark, I took it at 5.30 this morning|
This is looking back towards the new courtyard, it ended up looking worse than this, as it's where all the mud that was cleared from the paths and under the house was shovelled to. That tangled mess of green to the left was my greenhouse, full of seed trays and seedlings ready to be planted.
|The mud set like cement and was impossible to dig and 60cm to1 mtr (2-3ft) deep in places|
A man driving past one day saw me struggling to move it, went home and got his shovel and pick, and came back and dug it all out for me.
He came back the next day with these snapdragons his wife had bought for me. The generosity of strangers after the flood was heartwarming and their acts of kindness just wonderful.
|A strangers kindness brought the beginnings of colour and life back to my garden|
|And here's that 'mud heap" today|
So that's it, the beginnings of the tale of reclamation and growth.
I'll be back tomorrow to join Kate and others for ScrapHappy Day.
See you then.........