That Garden Post: February 23rd

prepped for the wind

It’s been wet. It’s certainly been windy. Three named storms in a week which is a first. It’s not been cold and we’ve had a fair bit of sunshine.

The wind. Well, lots of debris and one of our neighbours trees liked our garden so much it’s tried to crash the party. Fortunately the bit of the fence it landed on is supported by a concrete post. Said neighbour is in fact deceased and the house has been looked after for the last year by her grandson, an actor called Henry. He must be touring as the place is shut up as tight as a duck’s…

Anyhoo, next week I think it’ll be chainsaws and bow saws as we tidy, but we need the saturated lawns and beds to dry off a bit first.

The rain has nicely refilled the pond and the first frog or toad spawn has arrived. We drained it off and dug out some of the leaf litter in the bottom, which has left it looking a lot better.

The working compound has had a good tidy and some of the compost dug out ready to be spread. Generally the place is looking pretty ready…

Elsewhere, we have lots of snowdrops and crocuses, hellebores and early daffodils. There are also anemones, signs of fritillaria, ribes and witchhazels. The buds are about to split on the magnolia and the daphne, quince and camellias are out.

Even the lawns have looked perkier than they have any right to.

And 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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34 Responses to That Garden Post: February 23rd

  1. From the look of everything here, I would imagine winter was more than a thing of the past.

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  2. Doesn’t look too bad. Pictures 8/9 haven’t loaded

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  3. willowdot21 says:

    It’s fabulous, you faired well I am glad to say . Love to dog 💜💜

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  4. Seems you got off lightly in the storms. Everywhere is looking very good and it seems to have passed inspection by the head gardener!

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  5. Pam Lazos says:

    Amazing yard, Geoff. Sorry about the tree. We woke one day after a storm to eight trees down and one with its to branches pressed up agains our bedroom window. Slept through the whole mess. That was a k when the kids were little and we were always exhausted. Today I’d be up and pacing the door through it all. Have a good day! Watch out for falling debris. 🤪

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  6. It looks like you came out of it in good shape. The flowers look great, and so does Dog.

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  7. Darlene says:

    Looks like Dog, and the garden, have weathered the storm well.

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  8. Erika says:

    The crocuses are in full bloom in my garden too, yay! Seriously, Geoff, even including the chaos of the storms your garden looks beautiful at this time of the year.

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  9. JT Twissel says:

    We’ve suddenly bounced back to winter – little rain here but snow in the mountains. And cold.

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  10. noelleg44 says:

    Looks like you had some wild winds! Lots of detritus to pick up. Dog just looks happy to be out in the sun! Love the flowers – not time here yet.

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  11. petespringerauthor says:

    Those storms must have been doozies because so many people across the pond have been writing about them. One of the bloggers I follow said there were winds reportedly 130 mph on the Isle of Wight. It will give you and your dog something to do cleaning the place up.

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  12. George says:

    Looking very spring like. Your ahead of us. We have snowdrops and hellebores out and one daffodil so far.

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  13. Jennie says:

    Green in February! Your clean up doesn’t look too bad. Plus, it will feel good to get started.

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