Here it is. It took Nicolas three hours to build.
My contribution was arranging small buckets of little stones within easy reach. Plus a pile of medium ones and err, I left the huge ones well alone.
No wait, that wasn’t enough. We had leftovers.
So where can I get a small wall built in an hour before lunch? Why there was only one place I could think of.
On the oak bank.
It didn’t require any weeding and there was already a nice soft bit of soil ready for a small low wall.
It’s a mini full stop. When you look at the bank from the courtyard you can barely see it. But I hope that it will be a visual treat among the verticals of the eragrostis and gaura that will soon be growing here.
I took advice and won’t plant the little gauras or grasses out right now. I will wait for spring.
And it’s a shame as last year was such a mild winter you could have got away with it. But we just don’t know if we will get a seriously cold winter. A business as usual Ardeche winter.
Well, not a huge winter with months long covering of snow and seriously cold temperatures that my dear friends experience in Minnesota and Wisconsin. But we have gone to minus 18C for a week two Februaries ago. No three. So it’s still a bit fresh in my mind. I lost a lot of plants.
Oh for a crystal ball to know just how low the temperature will go. I’d love to move the gauras out of the potting shed and get them into the ground.
Never mind. I can admire the bare earth and the little wall and just yearn for a mild February and get planting.