Quiet Reflection

After a morning clearing shrubberies and watering window boxes, we took a trip to Efford Recycling Centre. Although we did dump more sections of aluminium frames, probably the last of the alleged ‘greenhouse, unassembled’, the real purpose of the trip was to seek out mirrors from the sales section. Jackie found two perfect specimens. Yes, weContinue reading “Quiet Reflection”

I Was Transfixed

Ace Reclamation delivered our rose garden furniture this morning, and Jackie and I set it up. Rose Alan Titchmarsh has bloomed. Alan Fred Titchmarsh, MBE, DL, (b. 2.5.49) , was the subject of quite a bit of banter on yesterday’s post, but, in all seriousness, if anyone deserves to have a rose named after himContinue reading “I Was Transfixed”

Should I Be Concerned?

The garden was refreshed by early morning rain. This failed to dampen the ardour of the passion flowers eyeing the red hot honeysuckle, and gave sweet peas a welcome drink. The climbing rose Aloha, and the bush Margaret Merrill are both in full bloom. A comment on Houzz GardenWeb forum, posted in July 2007 statesContinue reading “Should I Be Concerned?”

The Wind That Shakes The Barley

Jackie is gradually sifting the old compost which still contains rubbish and woody material, to produce, with the addition of bonemeal, rich compost for the rose garden. We applied some today. The scented ground cover rose, Magic Carpet, attracting numerous bees, is spreading nicely; Kent has begun its second flush, and the climber, Golden Showers, hasContinue reading “The Wind That Shakes The Barley”

A French Holiday, A Porridge Bath, A Wedding, And A Mystery Woman

Once again this month we had not put the bottles out for recycling. Jackie therefore drove us to the bottle bank in Milford on Sea where I enjoyed the sound of smashing glass as I lobbed our assorted bottles and jars into the large green bins. Jackie then left me by The Beach House and IContinue reading “A French Holiday, A Porridge Bath, A Wedding, And A Mystery Woman”

The Caribbean Sea

Today was another rainswept blustery day, so I returned to my photographic archives and scanned a dozen slides from May 2004. This was the month in which Sam completed his Atlantic Row, which I have featured from time to time. During the few days waiting for him to arrive in Port St Charles, Barbados, andContinue reading “The Caribbean Sea”

Then And Now

This morning Jackie drove me down to Milford on Sea to check out The Cave. We had intended to begin the evening there with Danni. Andy, and Elizabeth, before going on to Lal Quilla in Lymington. The wine bar was not taking bookings because they had a quick turnover and expected to be very fullContinue reading “Then And Now”

Little Black Sambo

Steady, heavy, rain, with ever increasing momentum, teemed from a dirty white sky throughout the day. We deemed this excellent for the garden but not conducive to gardening, so we drove out to Ace Reclamation at West Parley, where we bought a wrought iron arch and two stately armchairs which will be delivered next week.Continue reading “Little Black Sambo”

An Historic View

It may come as a surprise that there are still areas of the garden that need exposing to light and air. One of these lies half way along the east side of the pergola path. Today’s major job for me was to cut down a lilac planted right on the edge of the path and obscuringContinue reading “An Historic View”

The Colour Wheel

More clearing up of clippings was required this morning. On my way through the garden, I had a chat with our friendly baby blackbird. Since its father no longer, from a safe distance, follows it around he must have decided this little creature, who has known us all its brief life, can fend for itself. TheContinue reading “The Colour Wheel”