One London Garden: A Year Of Drought And Delight 2018 #flowers #gardens #london

So this is shamelessly self-indulgent, but if you want to experience a year in a London garden, if you want to debunk the myth about England’s constantly grey and drizzly skies, if you want to see Dog during a year of contrasts and if you want to see how little winter we really get here, with a smattering of February snow and a searing of July sun that toasted both the top lawn and Dog (sometimes the piccy of Dog is not in the garden but it is too good not to include – humour me!), then scroll down. I hope you enjoy this as the seasons unfold…

January 2018












About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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41 Responses to One London Garden: A Year Of Drought And Delight 2018 #flowers #gardens #london

  1. Mick Canning says:

    How…little…winter…we…really…get…here…So it will be you we should blame when Snowmageddon arrives, eh, Geoff?

    But lovely photos!

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  2. Nothing better than gardens and dogs, two of my favourite things.

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  3. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful walk through your lovely garden during the year. Glad you included the dog and even one of the cat!


  4. Wow, Geoff, that is a lot of gorgeous photographs.

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  5. Ritu says:

    Love ’em! And love how Dog features quite heavily in them too!

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  6. You have a lovely garden Geoff. I love your topiary. Dog sure is photogenic. The cat doesn’t get much of a look in!

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  7. Mary Smith says:

    I love your garden and am very jealous. Thanks for sharing such a colourful, cheering post. Great to see Dog and I enjoyed seeing the one of the cat. Poor moggy doesn’t get much of a look in.

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  8. I just love your Moai topiary and statues – did you make them or inherit them? They always make me smile. That was a lovely trip through the seasons and so good to see Mylo in many different poses scattered throughout. You are a most fortunate man ❤


  9. So according to this, you have flowers blooming every month except February? How wonderful! We have winter from November to end of April, with maybe some brave crocuses making their way through snow in April. Did dog approve of the appearance of cat?


  10. JT Twissel says:

    I’m so jealous! We just starting to see some daffodils peak up through the mud but otherwise my garden is dismal!

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  11. Erika Kind says:

    Great photos, Geoff!

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  12. Rowena says:

    Your garden is absolutely magnificent and would probably outdo Sydney’s Botannical Gardens, at least on first inspection, particularly in April. I thought the marked different between March and April was rather extraordinary, especially as we don’t get such marked seasonal differences here.
    My only query was for Dog and how could he let that cat into his domain? He’s letting down the side.
    The last one disappeared back to school today and rather than carpe dieming and swinging from my chandelier, I snoozed through the day and read a bit before confronting the onslaught of dishes. Our dishwasher broke when the hailstorm hit and Geoff is getting to it down his list of replacing vehicles, fixing and restructuring the roof and going off to this place he calls work, which I’m not entirely sure about. The words of Bohemian Rhapsody come to mind. Are they misplaced?
    Anyway, teenager appears broken after returning to school and fell asleep on the couch last night and disappeared the night before. I’ve been kind as he is starting at the senior campus and new environs etc but my kindness will expire at midnight tonight marking the end of the first week.
    I actually popped round here to share a link with you to an article about the difficulties of being married and your spouse gets Alzheimer’s. Are you free to meet someone else and start over? I thought this real life scenario addressed these issues well and reminds me of Jane Eyre:
    Hope your week has been going well. It was mighty hot here yesterday and I heard stories of 41 degrees. The lad ended up with heat stroke getting home. It’s raining today and such a relief.
    Anyway, I’d better get going.
    Best wishes,


  13. How lovely. Is that your Tudor-style domicile in the background? If so, may I have it and the garden, too?

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  14. Widdershins says:

    What a wonderful home, and garden, and cat, Dog has … thank you for the picturesque visit … love the Púkel-men with their Snow-brows. 😀

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  15. Charli Mills says:

    Except for that splash of snow in February, your garden aims to please! Pics of Dog and Flowers — I felt like I was scrolling through English garden porn. You need to make a pin-up calendar out of this post.

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