It was not until 26th June 2014 that we decided to make a before and after record of the work done on the garden begun on 1st April. We regret not having thought of this from the very beginning.
This was when we decided to turn the remnants of a kitchen garden into a Rose Garden.
Wire contraptions had to be removed from the eastern fence. This process, with additional photographs, was featured in the post of 5th July.
Concrete slabs, buried bricks,
and even a discarded bath were all unearthed during the next three months.
By the time Aaron joined in the project in February 2015, I had cleared the plot ready for him to level it by the 8th.
He then set about laying down brick paving to our design.
By 8th October The Head Gardener had selected and planted the roses and furniture had been installed.
The above photographs all appear in previous posts and are contained in the garden record albums.
Today I produced a batch of prints from May to September this year to bring the album up to date. Here are a few of those:
Jackie uses this one from 31st May as her screen saver.
Here are a couple of smaller scenes showing the additional planting of lavender and heucheras;
and individual roses such as Lady Emma Hamilton;
and Special Anniversary from July. This last one is a happy coincidence because today is the second anniversary of our second wedding.
The Crown Inn at Everton has changed hands since we were last there. That is where we chose to have our anniversary dinner. The ambience and the menus are different; the service and food were good. Jackie enjoyed the house burger with fries and salad, as did I a perfectly cooked rib eye steak with similar accompaniments. Mrs Knight drank Moretti and I drank Riscos Chilean Malbec 2018.