There are many things that I have learnt over the last few months since we’ve been at Maple Bank, but I never thought that would include how to build a terrace and create a Paradise Garden. And for that I have both my mum, Ann, and Monty Don to thank.
When we took over Maple Bank, my mum was most definitely our self-appointed Head Gardener. My only requests have been that it is as low maintenance as possible, that someone else mows the lawn – particularly the top of the back garden, thank you Stephen – and that we have lots of red geraniums – flowers I fell in love with whilst reading ‘Little White Horse‘ by Elizabeth Goodge as a small girl.
Our catch-phrase each day seems to have become “I’ve been thinking….” and little did I expect “I’ve been thinking about the decking” would lead to such a wonderful creation. After watching Monty Don enjoy the Paradise Gardens in Iran, Mum had decided that she wanted to create her own Cumbrian Paradise Garden at Maple Bank. And what a transformation!!!
Thankfully we were enable to enlist the help of some wonderful folk – Colin, Binki and Stephen – to help with the heavy lifting, as well as Leon to build a retaining wall for us at very short notice. A few car loads to the local dump offloaded all sorts of things found under the decking, as well as several bonfires that got rid of the actual decking itself. The final touches were the multiple bags of rose granite from Oakhurst Nurseries in Cockermouth, also in multiple car trips as we kept needing “one more bag…“
And finally we have our own sun terrace and Paradise Garden for our guests to sit out and enjoy the evening sunshine. Now I just need to be patient and wait for confirmation that the frosts have definitely ended and then we can add in the final touches with the geraniums.