After having the ornamental plum and the holly pruned, cut back the quince and re moved the plague of ivy the front had looked rather bare and unloved.
We have now had the pillars and wall rebuilt and new fence panels for most of the run. The panels at the far end must wait until the spring because there is a further 3-panel spread of ivy to be cut down and the roots dug out.
But eventually it was firm enough for the panels to be secured.
The ornamental plum still looks odd so I am considering removing the two trunks to the right, and perhaps one of the four to the left. The ‘stick’ in the centre is a holly, which I shall be training as a pillar topiary.
As always the garden is never ‘finished’, even in one as small as this.
It looks a little bare now, as most gardens do in mid December, but come spring things will start budding up.
There is room for a Fatsia I think. Evergreen and interesting with its heavily cut leaves. Buying that will wait until we have dismantled the low stone retaining wall and re-erected it in front of the ornamental plum, making a large raised bed that, because of the tree,I am planning to plant out as a woodland area with ferns and heucheras et al.