The Garden – Mid October Update #garden #october

London has a pretty heavy amount of rain which makes up for some dry spells in the summer months – who knew, we can do sunshine in England. Surely it rains all the time?

Okay, I know you’re all anxious to know about my autumn garden works, esp. my on going battle to achieve the perfect lawn. As avid readers know, the current plans involve a family wedding hosted here in August 2021, when I intend there to be an absolutely perfect lawn, 90% of which will be covered in a marquee. But, and here’s the thing, I’ll know its perfect underneath and if anyone who’s lost the will to live by the interminable speeches takes a moment to lift a corner, I want dazzle, I want glistening emerald, I want herbaceous pizazz!

august 2019, just before the last wedding… it can be done!!


In the process of preparing it for the autumn weed and feed we cut, scarified and aerated it. That was last time and it looked like this.

And this

Ten days later and it was looking like this

Lots of new growth and a sharp green hue. Which is encouraging but it needs a good winter of Goldilocks weather and a calm spring. In any event we will do the while thig again in April and then keep it watered – much to the terror of the Textiliste who so isn’t into watering lawns, but needs must… my needs!

it’s going ok, isn’t it?

As for the rest well we’ve still a lot of building works and reshaping works being undertaken.

And there is my newly tidied working area with the cunning use of pallets as a recycled holder for the canes and poles that provided support for the displays.

And there’s a fair bit of colour.

And Dog… of course

Sorry, this is Dog..

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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33 Responses to The Garden – Mid October Update #garden #october

  1. Beautiful, all! Love the faces in the shrubs!

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  2. Dog! You is majestic!

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  3. Mary Smith says:

    Love the pic of Dog on the bench looking very much lord of all he surveys. In the pics of the colours still in your garden what is the second one on the top row – looks like some kind of pink lily? We saw masses of them growing wild on La Gomera.

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  4. willowdot21 says:

    Dog you look amazing πŸ’œ. Garden is coming on Geoff, take heart ! πŸ•·οΈπŸ•ΈοΈ

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  5. Very nice pictures of your flowers and dog, Geoff.

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  6. noelleg44 says:

    All your hard work has resulted in an amazing and gorgeous back yard. Look at that grass! Just don’t let Dog leave pee spots on it!

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  7. Ritu says:

    Loving your topiary!!!

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    Very creative use of a wood pallet. Still no rain out here in California and it’s getting cold. My garden looks …. well, it sure doesn’t look like a garden! Good job.

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  9. Darlene says:

    Looking great! And the garden looks good too. Snuggles for Dog. xo

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  10. Great update, Geoff. The lawn is coming around.

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  11. Totally awe-inspiring

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  12. Wonderfully creative use of pallets! I have one weathering away out back that I’ll put to much better use post-haste, thanks to your inspiration.
    It’s looking good! Fingers crossed that the weather will cooperate and you won’t have to water too very awful much…
    Those are stupendous grubs! What kind of beetle are they?

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    • TanGental says:

      Stag beetles. We have a couple of dozen dotted around rotting wood piles we tuck away in the garden. The rain has been perfect. We’ve laid some new turfs to widen some paths and reshape the lower beds which have also been well watered in. When we cut the lawns in the next fortnight for the last time this year they should be fab…

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