Gaskell House Blogs

Promises kept

17th May 2018
in blog, Garden

The granny’s bonnets flowered as they promised last week to do, the azaleas and camassias jointly added a vibrant blast of colour, a small rhododendron made itself known and the judas tree could not be ignored.

The gardeners (mere humans) weeded, trimmed the lawn, planted sweet peas and dead-headed narcissi.


Top row: Azaleas and camassias; granny’s bonnets by the gate; Cercis Siliquastrum (Judas tree).

Bottom row; Rhododendron camtschaticum; view of garden (with distant gardeners!); view of house from side garden.

..and Sweet Nancy appeared;

“And (Mary) had …..scarcely looked at (Jem); never noticed his beautiful sweet Nancy which only awaited her least word of praise to be hers!”

Mary Barton. Chapter 8

To begin with the old rigmarole of childhood…

Wives and Daughters