included painting the new wall with a mixture of yoghurt (plain, live) and horse-s**t – I’m hoping that it will encourage moss & lichens to grow, giving it a more mature look. The dog is definitely not allowed out in the garden yet – he’d probably lick the walls clean!

If you’d prefer something a little more tasteful (if not as tasty), the hosta shoots emerging now (they’re always lagging behind most  plants) are an amazingly intense purple.