The more observant may have noticed that Mark has been writing the majority of the blog posts recently. I was thinking earlier about why I had not written as much as I had previously, and I think it just comes down to time, we have had so much on lately, both at home, in the garden and at work. As such the spare time I have had has been spent in the garden rather than writing about it.
I promised myself that I'd put that right today!
We have had quite a productive weekend in the garden, (although Mark has been far more productive due to me feeling under the weather).
Most of the time has been spent on getting the new Jungle Hut prepared for the summer ahead - more on that later.
But whilst Mark was busy painting I decided that the Koi pond deck was in need of a spruce up.
It has been about a year since we completed this and a years weather, debris from the fire and not to mention two firetrucks worth of firemen scrambling across it had taken the shine from the Ipe decking. I omitted to take a before photo, so you will just have to take my word for it. But a good scrub and then a fresh coat of decking oil has brought the colour back up.
The white chairs were also showing the signs of a wet spring and were taking on a very green hue. An hour with the jet washer brought them up almost as good as new.
I must do something about those speakers - despite being sold as suitable for yachts the grill has rusted very quickly, a job for next weekend as we have some white anti rust paint to bring those back up to brilliant white.
Whilst in that area it was also worth having a look at how the mixed yucca planting in the raised bed was doing. And despite having the firemen dragging a hose across it last year it looks great.
The bottom section of the garden - the Jungle has responded well to the extra light it has gained following the fire, and so many things have just exploded into growth this year.
The plants best not get too used to the extra light as it wont last for ever, planting of the damaged section is completed and will no doubt soon cast more shadow and shade onto the rest of the jungle.
One plant that has done fantastically this year is the Gunnera tinctoria by the original koi pond. This lost its main growing point last year, and the result is a much fuller better proportioned plant. I'ts planted into a raised bed lined with plastic for water retention. It doesn't actually connect to the pond, but does receive splashes of water from the small water fall.
The middle patio is now making something of a comeback, the newly restored pergola is adding a zing of colour - can you believe we almost decided not to rebuild this. I'm so glad that we did!
Looking the other way, the effect of the fire is more obvious, with fences visible for the first time in years. Hopefully the bamboo screening will regrow fast - we are helping it as best we can with plenty of food and water. Some shoots have at least got to the top of the 6 foot fence, even if they do look a little sparse behind the tulip tree (another new addition).
So what of the Jungle hut, well its been painted, and looking much more at home in the garden. And the inside... well here's a little taster, some bright orange gives a nod towards Loree of Danger Garden - If we claim it was orange in your honor perhaps you will have to come visit us again!
That's all we are going to share for now, there's still a few finishing touches to make, so keep an eye out for the reveal!