It’s been an exciting week, as porch construction is now progressing at a brisk pace. When I arrived home Sunday evening after more than 3 weeks of travel, only the floor was finished, but framing took just a few days and this afternoon a roof membrane was rolled out in anticipation of shingles.
We’ve also received the happy news that the custom windows are complete and will be installed after the holiday weekend. The subcontractor who will build the basement-level patio is also slated for a consultation within the week.
All of these are good things, but my thoughts are completely monopolized by a BIG IDEA.
I have a list of tips for making the most of a garden tour which I share when leading a group. One of those ideas is to continually reference what you see on tour to your landscape at home, imagining how features or plants might work in your personal garden.
Imagine my excitement, then, when I saw a garden design at Mottram Hall, a grand property hotel in the Cheshire countryside, that offered a solution for organizing my long but narrow space.
It’s simple really—a five part garden connected like a string of pearls.
The garden at Mottram Hall, set within a large rectangle of lawn, comprised 3 circles—a large center circle with two smaller circles at each end—linked by a pair of Arts & Crafts pergolas.
The question, however, is what form should the 5-part garden take? Since the space will often be viewed from above and the garden will be set among surrounding beds of plants, rather than a lawn, pergolas are not a feasible choice. Plus, because the width of the garden is uniformly narrow, the center section should be an oval or rectangle, not a large circle. Here are a few ideas…
So, what do you think? Is a five-part design a good choice for the space? Do you have a favorite among the options above? And, what other possibilities come to mind?