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This is a view over the parterre garden in September 2006 after the box edging and central lavender were planted. The remnants of the christmas tree plantation which were retained as a windbreak, are visible in the background, as is the work starting on the crescent garden. The underlying picture shows the view before the start.
The topsoil was removed and the sub-soil was re-profiled to form a roughly circular level area in the middle and the excess material was moved upwards to make a terrace. It slopes down on each side and is supported by a dry-stone retaining wall in a crescent shape. The whitish gravel is the top layer of a field drain which is linked to the back-fill of the wall to prevent water that could weaken it, from gathering. The underlying picture shows the wall in construction (place mouse over or touch screen momentarily, to view).
After the re-profiling, the topsoil was replaced.
In July 2008 the grass has re-grown and the planting is starting to establish. Holding your mouse over the picture or touching the screen momentarily if appropriate, should download a view from the opposite direction.
A bed of shrubs underplanted with some bulbs and hellebores (it's a good place to observe the flowers) sits around the edge of the terrace above the wall and a penninsular herbaceous bed sits halfway around the front of the central grassed area.
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