Yesterday Jackie cleared the bank outside the Back Drive gate, leaving brushwood on the gravel path for attention today;
this morning she worked on removing the stump of a scentless and rarely flowering philadelphus, while
I cleared the Back Drive debris;
and further strengthened the arch spanning the Phantom Path by inserting supporting angle irons that she had recently begun. On this day of sunny intervals it was difficult to walk through the garden without admiring the
Brick Path looking towards the house,
or through the Gothic arch now festooned
with mina lobata.
Later, the Head Gardener completed the task of extracting the philadelphus stump, and that of
a leycesteria in the wrong place;
filling in the holes and covering the gaps with broken pieces of marble which once bore the much abused wood burning stove that we inherited from our vendors, thus completing the
opening of the view from the West Fence to the Lawn Bed. The last nine photographs are Jackie’s.
This afternoon I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2021/08/28/a-knights-tale-23-corporal-punishment/
This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy pasta arrabbiata; crisp broccoli, and tender green beans, with which she drank Dolomiti Pinot Grigio Blush 2020, and I drank more of the Faugeres.
Thank you very much, Sofia
So much constant work in your beautiful garden. I love all your paths. Have you seen phantoms on the Phantom Path? (I hope so.) ?
Jackie’s photos show such a range of beautiful colors and blooms.
We have a hydrangea called Phantom which looks just like one. It first lived on one side of its eponymous path, but Jackie moved it across because it was in too much shade. It has now recovered, but needs to be pruned in the right way. Thanks ver much, Merril
Thank you for the explanation. Though I still hope you see some phantoms–and maybe get a photo. ?
🙂 You will be the first to see them
I could sit down under that arch for hours to write, so lovely
Thank you very much, Rose
I love the gothic arch over the brick path. It looks like it leads somewhere secret and magical
I like that effect, too, Liz. Thanks a lot
You’re welcome, Derrick.
With so many paths to explore, I don’t know how you get anything else accomplished. Beautiful!
Thank you so much, Jill. Housework has to wait
So beautiful, I would love to stroll through your garden, guys! ❤️??☺️
Thank you so much from us both, John
Jackie and Derrick,
Such beautiful photos! Love the beautiful new pathway! All of your differing paths are lovely! 🙂 The new marble-geometric-shapes path would be fun to hop from shape to shape! ⚪️ ⬜️ 😀
The arch is so festive, having “married” with the flowering plants! 🙂
I hope you got a nice rest, and a cold drink, after all of your hard work! <3
Thanks very much, Carolyn. Jackie did get a cold drink and a bit of a rest X
You’re welcome very much! 🙂
Such a beautiful place.
Thanks very much, Bridget
That was some serious work by the head gardener.
Thank you very much, Tootlepedal. She vies with yours.
Good morning Derrick (8.50an Sunday here) and your gardening maintenance efforts seem to be always on the go … You two do a marvelous job … I bought some pine bark mulch yesterday, and I am going to attempt to re-pot my orchids, something I’ve not done before, and I’ll have to read up on the procedure ..
Thanks very much, Ivor. Jackie is impressed that you have orchids
They are my dads old orchids, but I am not a very good orchid grower … we’ll see how I go …
I’m impressed with how lovely your garden looks and that it is big enough to have multiple lanes, different enough for names.
Thanks very much, Pat. At this time of the year it is possible to lose someone in it 🙂
Now all I have to do is get him to England…. 😉
Looks fantastic! A tip of the trowel to one gardener extraordinaire.
Many thanks, Laurie
Good job Jackie!
Thanks very much, Flow
Just magic – but you already know I love your garden, ablaze with colours…
Thank you so much, Catherine
That is a massive maintenance drive. I am now quite familiar with various sections of the fondly attended garden. The view from the West Fence is admirable.
Thank you so much, Uma
That stump extraction must’ve been a lot of work! I love the gothic arch leading to a mysterious shady spot.
Thanks very much, JoAnna
I loved the different names of the paths and doing a virtual wander.
Thanks very much, Chrissy
What a brilliant job you’ve done in clearing and opening up the views along the paths. You must both be so proud of your garden and everything you’ve achieved.
We are, Sue. Thank you so much.
I think that your garden is possibly at its best right now, just as autumn is beginning. You’ve still got lots to look at which is a sign of some good planning by somebody in the past.
Thanks very much, John
A job well done!
Thanks very much, Sheree
I like the Gothic arch, mysterious and pretty. But the view to the lawn bed is beautiful!
Thank you so much, GP.
I love your last photograph, such colors….so pleasing to the eyes.
Thank you so much, Arlene
Just beautiful! Your hard work definitely pays off.
Thank you very much, Eugi
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Derrick, so many beautiful distractions as you garden away! I love the names in your garden, The Phantom Path has my mind whirring with possible stories!
Thanks very much, Annika. It is named after a hydrangea which has the name because it looks like one – sorry it is not more exciting than that 🙂
The photos of your garden are like a lovely field trip
Thank you so much, More
You’re welcome Derrick
Beautiful garden photos, Derrick and Jackie. Is that a solar panel on a pole I see in one of the photos?
Possibly, Lavinia. All the garden lights are solar-powered. Thanks very much from us both
Absolutely wonderful! It is good to see that angle iron being put to good use. I think we would call them ‘star droppers’ and they used extensively in fencing paddocks.
Thanks very much, John
This portion of your opening sentence made me smile, and imagine Jackie in a balaclava and a wee note saying “Give me all your money.”
‘Yesterday Jackie cleared the bank’
Well observed, Yvonne. Thanks for the laugh
Another hard working day but so worth it ???
Thank you so much, Ribana
The Head Gardener’s tireless efforts are paying off; your garden looks splendid, Derrick.
Thank you so much, Dolly
My pleasure, Derrick.