The Garden, As The Year Starts To Breathe Its Last #garden #2020 #november

November, even a mild one as we are having in Southern England, usually makes its winters credentials apparent, through mists and murky skies, and this has been no exception.

The infrastructure projects have slowed: the new terracing is done, the repointing of the York stone pavers complete and the preparatory works for a new water capture project all in hand, though the specialist we were hoping to meet to discuss the options seems to have come into his or her own little lockdown isolation. I’m not sure what that means, given we need to have done everything before the big wedding push next year or postpone it until the next autumn. I expect we will have a plan over the next month.

Meanwhile there has been continued colour. Come plants have gone off piste in terms of seasons and everywhere is pretty ordered. The two beds that will frame any marquee next year have been seeded with poppies for some spring colour. These will then be ripped out and the beds replaced with the chosen wedding plants. So far so good as the poppies are already established and should survive whatever winter we now have.

And we’re building a new shed. The corner of the working. Compound has been cleared and the ground levelled and the shed panels creosoted.

I’d forgotten how persistent a smell is creosote. It must be touch a go whether being a fence creosoter or a fish gutter is the least likely career to encourage an intimate relationship. I wore all the masks etc yet it took a good three baths to begin to suppress the smell. Yuk!

Here are a few pics, randomly selected

And one or two of dog…., some from the children that were taken last Christmas and have only just seen the light of day…

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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38 Responses to The Garden, As The Year Starts To Breathe Its Last #garden #2020 #november

  1. Dog! You is hot stuff!!

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  2. Darlene says:

    Dog looks very comfy. I won´t show that blanket to Dot because she will want one just like it. The garden is coming along very nicely.

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  3. barbtaub says:

    This post absolutely made my day! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely garden.

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  4. Do you fancy sorting my garden out….

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  5. I love your garden, Geoff. It looks wonderful.

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  6. Erika says:

    Amazing, how much work you put into the reconstruction of your garden. It already was beautiful and now I am curious about how it may look like next spring/summer!

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  7. Your garden is spectacular, Geoff, even in winter. What a great job you’ve done. It’s perfect. Dog does seem to enjoy himself no matter the season! We are also having a very mild one.

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  8. A stunning English garden. You are a very fortunate man.

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  9. willowdot21 says:

    Love the garden, great Autumnal photos plus dog 💜💜💜

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  10. V.M.Sang says:

    The garden is looking lovely with all the autumn colours. Geoff.
    We’ve had the very last canna flower. 1st December. Not bad. And the Alstromeria in a pot outside has new buds.
    I see your camellia has a flower open. Our two are just beginning to show colour in the buds. with luck they might, just might, be open for Christmas. That’d be lovely.
    We had a residence secondaire in Brittany some years ago and there were 2 camellia bushes, well established ones, and one Christmas we had a bowl of camellias on the table as a decoration. Lovely.

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  11. Just seeing your garden, even half a world away, is such respite that I cannot imagine how much more you benefit from being there in person. Bless you for sharing it with the rest of us!
    My favorite Dog photo from this batch is the one where his eyes are closed–he looks so peaceful and contented and even a bit pleased with himself (as he should be).

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  12. L.K. Latham says:

    These eyes are glaring at your yard in envy. No who’s lived in my house has ever done a thing to make the tiny yard pretty. I’m still mussing over what to do and how to do it. Wish I had your skills. Lovely!

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    • TanGental says:

      Ah, well, I provide the vim and enthusiasm and my superdooper spouse provides the intelligence and skill so between us the garden flourishes. Occasionally I stray outside my pay grade and plant seeds or prune on my own volition. It rarely ends well….

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  13. Mary Smith says:

    It has been incredibly mild – a rambling rose decided to have another little flourish of blooms much to my surprise. Your garden is going to look wonderful for the wedding. Lovely pics of dog.

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  14. Elizabeth says:

    It was worth the effort of redoing the lawn I can see. Here my husband was very lucky that the warm weather lasted into November and his tiny grassies(the ones he kept admiring and singing to) have now turned into proper grass. It is all I can do to make him come indoors when it gets dark!

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  15. Still looking good

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  16. Jennie says:

    Just gorgeous, Geoff!!

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  17. Norah says:

    Such a beautiful garden, Geoff.

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  18. Widdershins says:

    Ah creosote – unforgettable, sadly. 🙂 … love the ‘Dog absorbing sunbeams’ shot. 🙂

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  19. Rebecca says:

    Love that purple berry–and dog, of course!

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