Before And After: The Brick Path


This morning Jackie continued her winter planting, such as this hanging basket and I pruned roses.

Here are today’s offerings from the rose garden:

Rose Laura Ford

Laura Ford,

Rose Golden Showers

and the climber, Golden Showers.

Gazebo Path sign

Following yesterday’s post, Jackie has given the Gazebo Path its correct sign.

This afternoon Jackie drove us to New Milton for me to visit the bank and to buy a return ticket to Nottingham in readiness for my trip to Louisa and Errol and the girls on Sunday.

I then prepared the next section of the saga of the garden, namely the Brick Path.

Garden urn

On 15th April 2014, the cracks were full of weeds, and the urn had yet to be planted up.

Jackie clearing path

By 21st, Jackie had made considerable progress in eradicating weeds on the urn circle;

Brick radial path intermediate clearanceBrick radial path cleared

and by 30th, made her way along the composite brick section.

Brick path original being cleared

Brick path original cleared

We tackled the older, original length from opposite ends. It was then that Jackie uttered the phrase: ‘Last one to the chimney pot’s a sissy’.


Some of our visitors, such as my Mum, need sticks for walking. These original bricks had become rather uneven over the years, so we asked Aaron to reset them. On 9th August 2015, his friend Lee, the carpenter who had fitted our stair rails, made a start with him. The following week Aaron finished the task alone.

Virginia creeper corner

By this time, the overgrown foliage that had bordered the path on 31st May 2014 had been thinned somewhat.

Verbena bonarensis, clematises and geraniums

Two roses and a Virginia creeper were meant to be supported by a rickety wooden structure, most of which had fallen into the undergrowth. By 14th June that year we had  bought and installed a new Gothic Arch, retrained the existing climbers, and added a couple of clematises.

View from Brick Path

This was the south easterly view from this point by 28th September 2015,

Brick path and owl

by which time the path had mellowed, and an owl had taken up residence in the dead snake bark maple.

Agriframe arch

Beyond the Gothic Arch and nearer the house, Wedding Day, a huge rambling rose, romped confetti-like across the red-leaved Japanese maple and a mature hebe. It needed some special support. We provided this in the form of an Agriframes Gothic Arch, installed on 30th October 2014.

Wedding Day pruned

Even this is insufficient for the prolific climber. It received further heavy pruning on 2nd October 2015.

This evening we dined at the Royal China restaurant in Lymington. Taking the advice of our friendly waitress we halved our order from last time, and just about managed to finish everything. We both drank Tsingtao beer.


  1. For some reason, my computer wouldn’t bring up your pictures, but without them, I concentrated on your story and continue to marvel at your rescue of this house and garden!

  2. I love the magic of twists and turns, but I am still disoriented as to what is next to what…it’s like a wonderful amazing maze! ( I think I need a bird’s eye view!)

    1. There is a map Cynthia, it could help? It is in the blog of June the 13th. I love that this garden is all twisted paths and as you say, like a maze. I love to choose a route to the other end of the garden and back, rarely travelling the same path twice.

      1. I’m going to check that out, Jackie, then when you refer to a particular section by its name, I’ll have some better idea. Thank you! I think I would love to choose a route the same way you do…just be like that old song “Ramblin’ Rose.” 🙂

      2. Hope it helps, the other thing that I sometimes think could be disorientating are the buildings around us, altho’ not close, our neighbours houses often appear in the background of the pictures, the thing to note is that our house is blue the only one in the village! (not surprisingly). If you see a blue house (not our choice of colour by the way!), then the camera is pointing north. Apart from the sheds all other roofs belong to next door neighbours.

  3. That is quite the undertaking, and I have to say that the results look fantastic! That beer was well deserved. Also – I do love your owl – very time appropriate – at least it would be over here, with Halloween around the corner! 🙂

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