Today began our first serious joint preparation for 2016 garden work.
This view of the Heligan Path shows early spring flowers sharing billets with hellebores.
Wherever we look there are snowdrops in profusion; many different daffodils;
a variety of crocuses;
and even a proud pink hyacinth.
Taking the occasional rest on the Heligan Path bench,
The Head Gardener continued last autumn’s work on the Palm Bed,
in particular, pruning the ornamental grass. Two of the camellias, hung with floral decorations, can be seen in the background of the first of these two pictures.
My contribution was to cut this grass,
pick up some of winter’s fallen branches, and help Jackie load some of the griselinia hedge cuttings into the car. The heap of these stretches the length of the back drive. We have decided the best disposal method is to bag them up in the large canvas gravel containers and cart them to Efford Recycling Centre. My lady had filled two bags. We took them away, one per trip. Naturally we returned with a large terra cotta plant pot.
Mr Pink’s fish and chips, for our meal this evening, was supplemented by Mrs Garner’s pickled onions; Mr Lidl’s Freshona pickled cornichons; and, in Jackie’s case, Hoegaarden, and in mine, more of the madiran.