Before we commence this morning’s walk I thought I’d tell you a little more about the garden’s aspect and the boundaries. We are part of a retirement village that includes 36 single story, two bedroom dwellings and two care homes. Our home and garden is slightly larger than the other 35 – we were lucky enough to get first pick when the development came to market in 2010.
The Eastern boundary of the development is constructed from concrete posts and concrete planks, six feet high on top of a 2-3 feet high bank, formed when the site was cut and levelled from the sloping wheat field* of which it once was a part. The other boundaries provided by the developer were light weight timber panels slotted into concrete posts.
Over our first two winters these proved inadequate to resist gales and, early in 2013, I engaged a local brick layer to construct concrete block walls. One benefit of a wall as a garden boundary, in addition to its durability, is that it acts as a heat sink, absorbing heat from the sun during the day and releasing it at night creating a micro-climate. A fact the Victorians understood and exploited in their walled gardens.
The southern boundary is ‘L’ shaped. The overall effect is to divide the garden into four spaces: a strip to the north side of the parking bay at the front, and a smaller, roughly triangular, space on the other side. The largest space is at the rear of the house and extends into another triangular area on the south side.