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:
and the climber, Golden Showers.
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.
On 15th April 2014, the cracks were full of weeds, and the urn had yet to be planted up.
By 21st, Jackie had made considerable progress in eradicating weeds on the urn circle;
and by 30th, made her way along the composite brick section.
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.
By this time, the overgrown foliage that had bordered the path on 31st May 2014 had been thinned somewhat.
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.
This was the south easterly view from this point by 28th September 2015,
by which time the path had mellowed, and an owl had taken up residence in the dead snake bark maple.
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.
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.