All about a very old bridge...
Some members have expressed an interest in the very old bridge over the stream in our garden. It is a bit like a tunnel as it curves round for about 15’ for one end to the other. It was the only access to the house until our predecessors built a wooden one at the other end of the garden.
It is built of stone and this is one end of it. The arches are quite shallow and we watch anxiously when there is heavy rain, as the stream rises alarmingly quickly. Fortunately,it goes back down equally fast! On top of the bridge at this end is a scree bed.
The soil is very shallow but quite a number of plants don’t seem to mind that. At the other end of the bridge there is another shallow arch.
The walls contain the stream. One side belongs to our neighbours and the bank is on our side. Clearing the bank here and replanting has been on my list of projects for a while.
And now, as I’ve finished the previous project (making curves round the front lawn) I have actually started on the bank! My husband made a small paved platform for me to climb onto – and a small set of wooden steps which are put away when they are not in use. I would not be able to climb down without this assistance. Henry does, though! He jumps down and runs up and down – barking! Needless to say, when I started digging this afternoon, he was shut indoors!
Well, it is very hard work – there are nettles, brambles, large tufts of grass and other unknown deep-rooted weeds. I’ve cleared about a metre-and-a-half so far – and no, I didn’t fall in (quite). I am not sure how much of the bank I shall be able to clear, I’d like to do all of it, but this would take ages. I have some Lythrum salicaria (Purple Loosestrife) plants I grew from seed last year and they are shooting happily in their pots, more than ready to be planted. This is one from the bank on the other side of the bridge.
I shall have fun tracking down more plants that enjoy the very damp conditions – they’ll have to be fast growers, though, with long, strong roots – so that they don’t get washed away after heavy rain! So now you know about the old bridge in my garden!
- 23 Apr, 2008
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