A view looking down our pergola with the astilbes in their full glory and what a picture they make. Since the picture was taken, the creepers and vines have really covered the pergola, but the astilbes don't seem to mind, although the flowering has appeared weaker in 2003 so Alan has cut back the undergrowth so hopefully things will be back to normal next year.
The paving in this pergola was rescued from around the garden and re-used. It also conceals a secret! We needed loads of topsoil when we were laying the lawn, so we dug right down to the clay subsoil under this path, reused the soil on the lawn, and filled the hole up with about two feet of rubble from the work on the house. A soak-away for all the water that used to collect in this the lowest area of the garden was the result!
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