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My Father’s Garden 父のガーデン

I visited my father last weekend and I was, as usual, impressed at how beautiful the garden is.

週末に父のところに行った。そしていつものように庭の美しさに感動した。

The garden was started in the 1960s, created on clay soil. Dad laboriously dug up the clay, burnt it and then broke up and mixed in with the soil. So this garden really was built ‘from the ground up’.

父が粘土質の土地にこのガーデンを作り始めたのは1960年代だった。父はその粘土を苦労しながら一生懸命掘り起し、焼いて砕いて、そして土と混ぜた。だからこの庭は本当にゼロから始まったと言える。

Over the years we have added different bits and pieces, such as rocks ‘borrowed’ from the nearby Forest of Dean, Tunisian clay lights and a metal  porthole from a shipwreck in Wales. Most importantly hundreds of plants, a couple of ponds and  various fruit trees have been included to make what is a good example of an English gardeners home.

長年の間に私たちは近くのディーンの森から‘借りてきた’岩や、チュニジアの粘土や、ウェールズで難破した船から持ってきた金属製の舷窓などをちょこちょこ付け足していった。以来何百という植物、ふたつの池、幾種もの果物の木が加えられ、イギリスの園芸家の典型的な庭になっていった。

 

June – and the poppies arrive.

A familiar sight in June, and one of the most colourful wild flowers. These red poppies are mixed with rapeseed, which have just finished their bright yellow bloom (you can still just see a few flowers remaining in the picture).  Even better, in the next field there is linseed which is the most beautiful pure pale blue colour.

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