V´s been at it again. This northeast side of the house has always been a damp, weedy patch. The original house wall collapsed entirely along here, therefore the retaining wall was built and drainage installed along the house foundation.
Unable to stand the eyesore anymore, V decided to get out the gravel. He dug up the weedy turf, laid down cardboard. Set aside a few beds. Built a raised bed for the climbing rose Ghislaine de Feligonde, and then planted the rest.
Still to come are some slate flagstones for a path, a couple more shade loving plants and a few more sacks of mulch. We left a corner by the downspout to try a rain barrel arrangement of some kind.