Here is today’s photograph of Jackie’s up to date planting of the front garden featured yesterday. The gravelly soil has been supplemented by earth dug out from around the corner.
When we cleared an area rampant with bramble beneath a ficus so leggy that its limbs sought comfort in the neighbouring fir, holly, and bay trees, we revealed choked camellias and other plants cowering against our neighbours’ fence. This photograph is from 19th May 2014.
The thought then was that we would create a further bed with stepping stones for access. These were dropped into place by 27th July.
Two days later, a serpentine path was taking shape. We had levelled the soil and countersunk these concrete panels scavenged from other parts of the garden.
In order to achieve the sinuous shape we created triangle spaces filled with stones found in the flower beds.
What was now named The Head Gardener’s Walk wound round the fir tree.
A trip to Milford on Sea on 31st July was required to complete the insertion of pebbles. A hip young gentleman would have been proud of the effect of the weighing down of my voluminous work trouser pockets as I clambered from the beach to the car.
By 24th February 2015 the Dragon’s Bed, created in the cleared space, was becoming established.
This is what it looked like four days ago;
and the Head Gardener’s Walk yesterday.
This evening we dined on the milder dishes from Hordle Chinese Take Away. Jackie drank Hoegaarden, and I finished the malbec first opened five days ago.