The Garden – Mid September 2020

We’ve had rain and some hot days, and now it’s set fair to be a balmy few days. Mid 20s and the odd shower. I’m glad because this autumn is programme to be some hard work.

Looking ahead, I have the following on my agenda:

  • a thorough programme to set the lawns on course for this time next year when the second family wedding is planned to take place here, assuming Rona Virus and her hordes have on;
  • a new shed and a complete reorganisation of the ‘behind the shed’ arrangements. Every garden has a ‘behind the shed’ area even if it doesn’t have a shed and mine is no exception;
  • a complete strip of the vegetable and sunflower beds: the former will be meadow grassed having first been sculpted and the latter made ready to be an explosion of late summer colour (fingers and toes firmly crossed);
  • a second complete strip and replanting of roses, clematis and other small shrubs, preparatory to the laying of pipes and power for my long term water capture project and short term paving creation that will enhance the wedding areas and make ready for some further frames for a sheltered section covered in climbers;
  • and, of course there is the autumn clear out of the summer borders etc, ready for next year.

Meanwhile there is still a fair bit of colour about and the lawn has benefitted from the rains even if I remain determined, post wedding to see the back of my bete noir, the top lawn.

Here’s a gallery from the last couple of weeks…

Oh and Dog? Oh alright…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. 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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44 Responses to The Garden – Mid September 2020

  1. V.M.Sang says:

    I see what you mean about the top lawn! The dahlias look lovely. I can’t seem to have any success with them here in Sussex. We had a residence secondaire in France (Brittany) until recently, and they grew there amazingly. (Mind you, so did everything.) We brought some back but they thrived one year, then died. I’ve grown them successfully elsewhere in the country, but not here for some reason.
    Your ‘behind the shed’ looks just like ours!

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  2. All is looking good; next year it will be splendid.

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  3. Darlene says:

    Your garden is like a fairyland. Sounds like a lot of work ahead of you. Dog will help.

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  4. Beautiful colors still, Geoff. Good luck with all the work.

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  5. What a big beautiful garden you have.

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  6. Chel Owens says:

    I still want your garden. I don’t know how you have the energy to keep up in it *and* plan new projects.

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Needed that, it been a hard day 💜

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  8. Juli Hoffman says:

    Love the garden pics! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  9. Lesley says:

    What a beautiful gallery of flowers . . . I like the doggy pic the best though! 😀
    A flower meadow will be beautiful.

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  10. JT Twissel says:

    Goodness that’s quite an agenda! Luckily all our children are married and it seems, happily.

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  11. arlingwoman says:

    What a good father you are, letting wedding hoards into your garden and prepping for it so extensively. This is a big project! You will miss your veggies!!!! But a new project is exciting and getting it right–with all the plans for water catchment and refurbishment. Good luck!

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    • TanGental says:

      I will need it. We’ve already had marquee and catering and lighting people visit and it’s 12 months give ir take away. My daughter in law to be is v organised. Which given who she’s marrying is just as well..!

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  12. Mary Smith says:

    Lots of lovely colour, still. My behind the shed looks a bit like yours and has all last year’s spring bulb planters – now full of yellow poppies and other weeds. Great pics of Dog. My favourite part of your blog.

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  13. I’m afraid my affinity with gardening stretches to mowing the lawn and pulling up the odd weed. I wish you well with it all – and feel a not insignificant degree of gratitude that my garden requires somewhat less toil.

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  14. Pam Lazos says:

    Delightful as always, Geoff.

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  15. Elizabeth says:

    I assume that everything inside the shed is very very tidy! I love the pattern of your grass cutting. Looks inspired by the Textiliste’s love of pattern.

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  16. noelleg44 says:

    Good Grief! What a lot of work to do! But if the results are anywhere near as lovely as the pictures you took, next year should be spectacular.

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  17. Jennie says:

    Clearly you and your garden are meant to grow flowers. It’s one of those ‘meant to be’ things. They’re beautiful!

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  18. Tres beau! Hope you both find time to relax in it too.

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  19. Oh my, Geoff, you’re ambitious! But clearly it pays off. Your garden is beautiful already. (I’m looking outside at my wilderness and dreaming.)

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