Fallen Arches

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This splendid, sunny, afternoon was squandered on a Gardman arch. The artefact came flat packed for self assembly. I’m sure I don’t need too say much more. I’m certainly not inclined to describe the full process. Perhaps I am obliged to mention that when eventually assembled the thing fell to bits before it could be moved from the concrete patio to the prospective site spanning the Brick Path as a replacement for the fallen maple and wooden beams that had recently held climbing plants and hanging baskets.

The day was as hot as it has been on recent days. So was the debate which ensued over reassembly. Eventually we heaved it into place in one piece. Four holes had to be pierced in the stubborn soil. Roots and rocks provided considerable obstacles. One side collapsed again. Eventually this was reconstructed. Except for the two missing pieces.

 

A search was undertaken. I then remembered that the section had fallen into the West Bed. Jackie found the two small bars in the undergrowth. One had found its way to the fence.

The construction was, because of the aforementioned impediments, very lopsided. The Head Gardener couldn’t live with that, so further bashing of poles ensued. In the process the guide rod got bent. But we managed and it wasn’t too much out of kilter when we decided that, once covered with foliage it wouldn’t be too apparent.

Jackie then trained the rescued clematis Montana and blue solanum, to the still rather wobbly frame.

After clearing the debris I thought the job was done.

No such luck. A string of solar lights provided the finishing touches. There are hundreds of these throughout the garden, giving the darker evenings their essential fairyland quality.

Danni joined us for dinner this evening when we all enjoyed Jackie’s splendid lamb jalfrezi and pilau rice topped with almonds. The culinary Queen drank more of the Cabernet Sauvignon; Danni, Elizabeth, and I drank Western Cape Malbec 2017.

 

61 thoughts on “Fallen Arches

  1. Yikes! Top marks for persevering you two! Note to self, don’t purchase a Gardman arch. However there is now another job for you to do – the garden a-twinkle with fairy lights in the evening must be photographed and blogged about………. Thank you kindly in advance xo

  2. I thought for a moment Jackie was wearing my top to do her vine weaving, but after further scrutiny it seems to be a similar one. Love the floral pattern though!

    I’ll vote that every flat pack made from here on should include a series of your pictures showing how to assemble it.

  3. I’m sorry, Derrick, but I did laugh at the path your afternoon took! I’m sure it’s a familiar tale to many home assemblers. The end result is worth it though, and as usual, you had a wonderful dinner accompanied by delectable wine to help revive you.

  4. Oh how wonderful!!! πŸ™‚ Please tell Jackie she did a superb job! She does beautiful work! and I’d love to see night photos of the magical fairy-lights! πŸ™‚
    After reading your blog, the title made me laugh! So glad we didn’t have to hear about feet! πŸ˜›
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. The splendid dinner was well-deserved. What a process! I like the photos of Jackie in all the greenery.
    I will add to the others above about wanting to see the fairy lights in your garden. πŸ™‚ We have some that are looped around the railing outside our kitchen door. It makes me happy to see them glowing in the dark.

  6. Great team, the project turned out beautifully and brings balance back to the garden. I love the look of arches framing garden walkways. Missed seeing your gardens – happy to see you both ad well. Happy Fall!

  7. Wow – that first arch photo was looking bleak – but it turned out lovely – despite the expletives – lol. How is it that we’ve never had a night photo? From the upstairs window, perhaps? . . . : )

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