We’ve had a kind of patio in the back garden for years now, calling it a patio is overstating it though. I would just call it a paved area. The stones were all uneven – it was a cladding from a bank. I know, that doesn’t make too much sense but it is true. It was fine up to a point – very difficult to put a table and chairs there, unsafe to have glasses and plates etc. All that is in the past.

All we need now is warm sunny days – oh, and a suitable table and a few chairs. All this is the result of the hard work of our friend Si Troka. We managed to choose the worst possible weather for doing this work but there was nothing stopping him.


…..my ideal material for sprucing up the plot.

Yesterday I cleared the area between my new greenhouse and the latest net cage. It is not very wide – I had sunflowers growing close to the net cage as that way they had some protection. Close to the greenhouse is a large crown of rhubarb and a small raised bed. It was the perfect area for weeds to thrive!

It was clear of weeds but I knew I had to do something there to stop the weeds to come back. Slabs I thought. Again Simon came to the rescue. He already gave me a few of them to make a little path in front of the greenhouse, now he gave me the rest of them. The blue bricks I dug out from the ground at the end of this very same plot – the guy who had it before me started to build a wall?? It looked like it, all in all I unearthed 15 blue bricks! The rest can be seen here

To finish it all off Simon also gave me some sweet William plans – he was planting them out and, fortunately for me, had more than he could use. Thanks to him it looks very nice, the bees will love it next year when it all flowers.