March Garden

A Few images from the Garden this month; it has been rather splendid…

And last year in March?

As seeing as today is Mother’s Day in the UK, let me finish with a poem of my father’s. He wrote a poem to my mother, every year, on her birthday. Many were about her happiest place: her garden and they often began with ‘Barbara has gone into the garden again. This one is from 21st October 1992..

Barbara’s gone into the garden again

Like she has done so often before

I know I’m not wrong ‘cos her anorak’s gone

And her slippers are by the back-door.


I knew when we woke on this cool autumn day

With hardly a cloud in the sky

And the whole world sun-kissed, that she’d never resist

And would soon wave dull housework goodbye.


Look thro’ the French windows – see, there she is now

With her barrow loaded with tools

Where the October sun glows on a climbing pink rose

And late daisies still glimmer like jewels.


A robin is watching her every move

And now hungrily, hopefully lingers

And she kneels, trowel in hand, where bright dahlias stand

Untouched, as yet, by frosty fingers.


She makes things grow where none grew before

(Unlike me, her failures are few)

For the plants that she tends she loves like old friends

And, like us, I think they love her, too.


Barbara’s gone into the garden again

And there she will busily stay

‘Midst her flowers and shrubs and plant pots and tubs

And be happy the livelong day.


And when, all too soon, winter takes bitter hold

And lowering skies threaten snow

While we shiver and whinge and by fireside cringe

We all know where Barbara will go!!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mum’s out there and I hope they can enjoy a few moments of peace in whatever is their happiest place.

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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39 Responses to March Garden

  1. Ritu says:


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  2. Mary Smith says:

    Looking splendid, indeed, Geoff.

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  3. Amazing photo’s and I love the poem by your father.

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  4. Darlene says:

    OMG, your garden looks amazing! Your mum would be proud. Another wonderful poem by your father. Thanks!!

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  5. lydiaschoch says:

    What a lovely garden you have!

    I liked your dad’s poem, too. It’s so descriptive.

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  6. What a wonderful collection of photographs Geoff. I especially love your magnolia. Your Dad’s poem is a gem.

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    • TanGental says:

      Thanks Bridget, it’s very much the sort of thing he did a lot. I wish I had his eye for a turn of verse… And the winter has been good to us here in London hence the colour right now…

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  7. Show off.

    And, where be your own poem about the garden?

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  8. LearaWrites says:

    This is all beautiful!

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  9. Brilliant pictures, GEoff, you must have used up half of your media allowance. Your poem is beautiful.

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  10. I love your garden, Geoff! Nature’s beauty shouts out from every nook and cranny.

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    Beautiful photos, Dog and my favourite poem from your dad. What can I say.

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  12. Always love to see your garden and read a poem by your dad.

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  13. Suzanne says:

    The garden certainly looks like a labour of love by you both. Dog doesn’t seem that impressed with the person taking yet another photo of him. Good to see him surveying your work. I gather he gave it a thumbs up?

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  14. George says:

    Wonderful pics and a touching poem. Lovely stuff. And you live in a mansion. It looks beautiful.

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  15. arlingwoman says:

    What a beautiful garden. And that lawn! Goodness. And that poem–perfectly captures a gardener.

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  16. A beautiful garden splendidly photographed; and a lovely poem

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  17. Elizabeth says:

    I didn’t realize that poem writing was in your genes. I have heard of spring, and I am glad to know that somewhere in the world someone is experiencing it.


  18. Widdershins says:

    Beautiful photos … delightful poem. 😀


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