this is the third phase in the life of this house which was my childhood home
about 1938 rented by my father
about 1945ish purchased by my widowed mother cheaply as a sitting tenant
My danish artist friend thinks the front door is horrible and badly proportioned.
the apple tree has grown well with my mother's ashes spread at its foot
This wall is too big and boring for a corner house,
so I suggest virginia creeper would cover this architect's lack of imagination
I took some photoraphs in Copenhagen Denmarksnaps: blank walls
Ivy is easier to maintain, typical of Warwickshire, and in Kew gardens there are examples of about 70 varieties
Once a year you take a ladder and cut it back from gutters and windows. These plants protect walls, defeat graffitti and it is a fallacy that they harm walls - as long as you do not pull the creeper off but let it die back naturally and fall off no harm is done.
I have just eaten some black grapes
grown on one of the Copenhagen vines on a similar sunny wall, or an enormous rose would please many of the neighbours
Espalier fruit trees need more care but it is fun to eat your own apples and pears.
this shows the original deep red facing bricks with white cement pointing, and in this corner I saw my first christmas tree in about 1939.
Later wood anemones
I got from the Parish Poles coppice grew well here because the micro-climate is cold and damp.