I have been a busy boy during the last couple of days moving barrows and barrows of rough wood chips onto the surface of the garden at the rear of the house and of the Courtyard Garden. Where it was uneven and muddy, it now has a nice, soft 8 inch thick surface of chips. You can see them below. While they are very fresh-looking now, in time, they will weather and turn dark to offset the flower borders.
I still need to level them somewhat so that tables and chairs sit properly but that won’t take much time. Then the other half of the mountain of chips I got for free from a tree-trimmer will go on as a second layer. In these two views it seems as though I’ve left very little space for the borders, but, trust me, once things sprout and grow, there will be lots to enjoy! I am considering whether or not to put baskets hanging along that long, back fence, and, of course, there is a lot already planted in the Courtyard with more on order for there!