May/June 2018 garden diary

In our Chatteris garden, a poor early Spring had delayed growth of many specimens by 3-4 weeks; but by early May the garden seemed to be catching up, so much so that there seemed to be an even more furious battle than usual between the cultivated plants and the weeds.

The reliable (almost rampant) early white Clematis on the fence put on a fine show, which lasted some weeks; whilst the smaller-flowered pink variety found a new home growing through the Twisted Willow.

Ivy is another climber that can spread very quickly in early Spring and I needed to cut back the large blanket that was forming above one of the sheds – almost blocking the doorway!

The Medlar produced far more blossoms than we have seen before – though this year I may not repeat my less than successful previous effort in producing Medlar jam.

Meanwhile, over in our newly-inherited Ramsey property, our whole focus has been on lowering the 6-7 foot high hedge, to reveal the pleasant vista behind the wall of brambles …

This is still an ongoing project, with plenty of cutting, chopping and tearing down still to do. And then there’s the question of how to dispose of that rapidly-growing mountain of brambles and branches …





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Abandoned bed-settee on a dump,
Hump of spring and feathers breaking through
To show thick like shoots on this green monument.
Scent of a dry dead distant past,
Last echo of the various “Intimate”,
“Late Summer”, “True Love”, “Jezebel”,
Well-worn perfumes of a lost bed-sit.

It was a cool room in Autumn, that ample
Temple to Bacchic sips and the mad,
Sad lips of Venus: days of which wine
Shine dim now through the soft warming cloud
Shrouding a hard past. But, perhaps, it’s here,
Near this sleeping carpet, and this dead cat,
That a sofa may find its own rest.




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