I have spent the afternoon digging a trench around the summer house. As you do. When you notice puddles creeping up above the slabs it is sitting on and the woodwork looking rather wet.
All the hedge cuttings and dead leaves from the last 11 years have been piled up behind the summer house and finally turned to a gorgeous compost. Unfortunately this has stopped all the rain draining away! Even worse the water has eroded the earth underneath away and it is clearly leaning backwards! The entire garden looks a mess – remnants of dead leaves, clumps of wet grass and horrible, lifeless patches of mud around the montebretia. In the midst of all this the poor little summer house is looking wet, dark and tawdry. It may be time to finally say goodbye.
This entry was first posted on February 10 2013.