Tuesday, 6 September 2016
A Dis-arrr-ster (and hoorah for scones)
With our neighbour's help, we attempted to cut some of it away from the house. Unfortunately, quite a large amount of the ivy came away and a couple of the top stones came off the wall too. Deciding this was not a good thing, we stopped and got a tree surgeon in to tackle the rest. Well, the ivy has been cut back...in fact, it had to go altogether, as the wall decided it had had enough and collapsed, right the way down the garden. The ivy trunks were huge and had pushed the wall out in a couple of places - but possibly it was also helping to hold the wall up. Some of the wall fell into the neighbour's garden, (which has no plants in it) but unfortunately, some fell into ours, damaging various pots and plants and making a big mess. On a positive note, no-one was injured and it could have fallen at any time. So, quite a lot of clearing up took place, and lots of damage limitation pruning. I had to replace a couple of pots which had been smashed. I was a bit depressed about all the damaged plants, even though Chris did a great salvage job.
We are now waiting for a wall and fencing firm to look at the remains of the wall and give us some advice about replacing it with a new wall, or fence. As the raised bed in our garden is built against the wall, it could mean a complete re-design of the garden, which could be a great opportunity...but I would have to lose lots of plants. We shall know more once the wall/fencing firm has visited.
I am sorry to have lost the wall as it provided a lovely backdrop for my plants and stored heat during the day, helping to keep the plants sheltered.