There is some wonderful in our garden – and beyond. In previous houses I’ve owned, the back garden has ended in a fence, beyond which is someone else’s garden and house. In our new place, the garden backs onto the canal and, on the far side of that, we have the tow path and some warehouses.
The canal and tow path are pretty well screened by the Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), which is looking gorgeous at the moment. We’ve kept it off the bottom of the gate so we can see the flowing water but preventing passing boats and people making us feel overlooked.
The warehouses are also screened by some large trees and, like the creeper, they are resplendent at the moment, adding their glory to the sight we enjoy. It will be interesting to see what it is like in winter but, for now, we will revel in this mix of owned and borrowed colour.