It is clearly an annual event that I stand in front of the pergola and consider it. I mainly consider its longevity, or should I say lack of it? This time last year the pergola was wonky. I purchased the means to make it less wonky and less wonky it has remained, but....
but having straight uprights is not making up for the rotting horizontals, so I knew a decision was going to be needed sooner rather than later.
I could just replace the horizontals? It's not a massive job and it would preserve the home of two rather nice clematis that grow up each side.
Or I could remove the pergola (and said clematis) and put in a new hornbeam to pleach.
The pond is fairly central to the garden and with its surrounding border it takes up quite a wide spread of the garden. When out in the garden I have to decide whether to walk to the left of the pond, through the pergola into the Wild Garden and around to the Prairie Borders; or go along the formal lawn to the right of the pond and into the Prairie Borders and around to the Wild Garden. The pergola makes a sort of gateway into the left of the garden. If I put in a new tree it will change the spacings as it will have to go fairly central into where the pergola currently stands. Height also has to be considered. If I put in another hornbeam then I would have to raise its pleached arms so I can comfortably walk between the trees, in fact I would have to make an arch in the hedge. I like the sound of an arch.
After going through this thought process there was little left to consider as this all seemed rather exciting; so I bought another hornbeam. I popped it into the vegetable beds whilst I thought a little further, just to be certain I was not going to change my mind.
Change is fun.