The Lady of Shalott.

Yes, I know, David Austin gave this name to a rose but that’s not what’s on my mind at all. Instead is it is a mixture, a jumble of Alfred, Lord Tennson’s poem, of Agatha Christie, Joan Hickson and the multitude of misuses we apply to a line from that poem in our household – the Head Gardener is mainly to blame for all this!

Now, several actresses (or, are they all simply “actors” these days?) played the part of Miss Marple in Agatha Christie’s “The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side”. Angela Lansbury “starred” (oh, what a misuse of language!) in the 1980 Hollywood film; Julie McKenzie (whoever imagined she could feign intelligence!) and the one and the only, the true Miss Marple, Joan Hickson, gave the perfect performance in the BBC’s adaptation in 1992.

It was the last Miss Marple mystery based in the village of St. Mary Mead. Dolly Bantry has sold Gossington Hall and the new owner, Hollywood star Marina Gregg, has an open day in aid of St. John Ambulance. Heather Badcock, an avid fan, attended and her babbling revealed she was responsible for the death of Marina Gregg’s child some years previously. Heather dies after drinking a poisoned daiquiri and Miss Marple investigates…successfully, as we have come to expect. Dolly Bantry, in recalling the encounter between Marina Gregg and Heather Badcock described the odd look on Marina Gregg’s face – which brought Alfred, Lord Tennyson to mind for Miss Marple: “The mirror crack’d from side to side; ‘The curse is come upon me,’ cried The Lady of Shalott.”

In our house, the “curse” is replaced with anything and everything: cold/hunger/thirst/shiver/tiredness/bad mood etc etc is come upon me, cried the Lady of Shalott. “Oh, I need a drink, cried the Lady of Shalott”. Everything and anything that comes upon us is attributed to the Lady of Shalott! Poor Alfred must turn in his grave though it might console him to realise we have kept our substitutions to negative feelings and so are faithful to a certain extent to his original lines. I should point out that it is the Head Gardener’s devotion to her fictional heroine rather than any admiration of Alfred’s poetry which has lead to our use of this phrase.

Today, the humour to write about the past gardening week has not come upon me – I blame the Lady of Shalott! – and I am simply going to insert a slideshow of images from the garden from the last week. Of course, I could have done that without all the palaver but where would the fun be in that!

In no particular order, a random selection of photographs from the garden:

I’m sharing this blog with a group of fellow bloggers who contribute to a “Six on Saturday” theme which is hosted by “The Propagator”. To read more contributions go to The Propagator’s entry for today, scroll down to the comments and you will find other bloggers have posted links to their Saturday entries there. Lots to read!

30 thoughts on “The Lady of Shalott.

  1. Since student days I’ve had a print of Waterhouse’s Lady of Shallot as she floats down the river with the final candle going out. You’ve made me want to re-read the poem. I enjoyed your slide show, and after all I think now is the time to sit back and admire the overall picture, the culmination of months of preparation.

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  2. Garden looks lovely Paddy. Remember learning that poem at school. Still remember parts of it Hoping for some rain tonight and tomorrow. I have lots of plants growing from seed but ‘re ground is too dry especially at the top of the field.
    Hope you are all well.

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    1. We’ve had light rain overnight but need lots more and this is forecast for tomorrow so we live in hope. All well here; quiet life etc!

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    1. We have been fans of the BBC television series of her mysteries rather than of the books! In other words, we are illiterate couch potatoes!

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    1. The vegetables have done very poorly this year – or I should say, I have done very poorly with the vegetables but there is enough space to produce some tasty things for us in season.

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    1. The front garden was originally one lawn only but I divided it to make two areas which I though would give more interest. The round lawn was dug into the slope to make it level so there is a retaining wall above it. All in all, it breaks up the area and gives more interest. And these are the “lawns” – the rest is simply “grass” and is full of clover etc etc etc

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  3. Lovely photos Paddy, and I like the rose Hot Chocolate – I think Sarah Raven likes that one too, it’s in her book. The dahlias look so healthy. I can’t keep the slugs off mine, bit of a disaster, I don’t think I’ll bother with them except in pots in future.

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  4. The garden looks lovely! And your texts are the best part of your bloggning.
    We’ve got our own book qoute here that we use all the time – from Ronja the robbers daughter by Astrid Lindgren. One of the men in the band of robbers that the book follows has lost an eye. He’s also less than fond of work. And at one point he says ’Am I really the one that has to get the wood? Me – who only has one eye?’ By now that’s a go to qoute for parents in Sweden, when kids make up excuses. In Swedish kids always go ’Åh – måste jag?!’ which translates to something like ’arggh – must I?!’ And parents reply with a healthy amount of irony that ’Yeah, I agree – why should YOU have to, you who only has one eye?’ It gets said quite a lot in this household. It’s one of those things that non-Swedes find rather confusing 😂.

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  5. Just superb Wonderful plants everywhere. Beautiful Garden.Love the Dactylorhiza(gorgeous lilac colour)and Eskimo Nell I haven’t seen that for ages.

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    1. ‘Eskimo Nell’ came as a very kind gift and is doing well. It seems to be a good grower so I am hoping it continues in that manner.

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