Appreciative Lilies

Once again I didn’t manage to finish opening up the front garden path.

The bed alongside the house was choked with fruiting brambles, the stems of which rooted in the gravel and leapfrogged to the opposite side. I cut off the stems as far as I could reach, then prised up the roots with this heavy duty hoe.

After about an hour and a half I reached the end of my capacity with this stubborn root, and

didn’t have the energy to rake up the remaining loose weeds and branches. I had already chopped and bagged up two used compost bags, largely with brambles and fuchsia Delta’s Sarah which sadly needed trimming back from overhanging the path.

At least these lilies appreciated the extra space.

Later, I returned to ‘The Trial of The Templars’; and even later succeeded in removing that last bramble root and several more of the less stubborn weeds ready for raking from the gravel tomorrow

This evening we all dined on Mr Pink’s cod, chips, curry sauce, and mushy peas and Garner’s Pickled Onions with which Jackie and I both drank Zesty


  1. There are days where we just need to step back. And see? You returned and got the recalcitrant root!
    That lily is lovely.

  2. I once started a war with our brambles (which are the remnants of cultivated varieties grown by a previous owner. I won the battle by using a mattock to dig out the roots but they won the war. I think of this as we dine on stewed apple and blackberry every autumn. Good luck.

  3. As a child I struggled with massive invasive Himalayan blackberry vines that had overtaken the back yard where we lived. It was a family enterprise with my dad burning the vines in the back yard. A never ending battle with roots that seemed as if they went to the sea.(90 miles away!)

  4. Roots can be stubborn! Yes, the gorgeous lilies are quite appreciative of your hard work and your tender loving concern’n’care!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚
    PS…one of my fave quotes…
    “You fight dandelions all weekend, and late Monday afternoon there they are, pert as all get out, in full and gorgeous bloom, again, pretty as can be, again, thriving as only dandelions can in the face of adversity.” – Hal Borland πŸ˜€

  5. Beautiful shot of the lily.
    You did very well today with the brambles, I’m sure it was exhausting.

    We had the same supper as you, except Joshua bought fresh haddock and tried his hand at making fish and chips. The haddock was a bit dry but not bad for a first attempt.

    1. It was very difficult to accept I couldn’t do it all at once. Well done, Josh. Thanks very much

  6. Roots can be as difficult (and necessary) to remove in people, as well, Derrick. You earned your dinner and Zesty….which I had to look up.

  7. Bramble roots are very hard to dig up. I have given up on some areas and mainly try to cut them off at ground level now.

    The lily is very lovely!

  8. My wife has a good few lilies exactly like the pink ones in your photographs but it’s a ceaseless battle with lily beetles and snails.

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