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This morning Jackie drove us out to MacPenny’s Garden Nursery at Bransgore, where we brunched at The Robin’s Nest. Jackie mooched around the
sales area, where she learned how necessary were the signs asking people to keep their dogs on leads because they have chickens. Apparently more of their chickens are killed by customers’ dogs than by foxes.
I wandered along the garden paths and up and down the wooden steps.
A flowering cherry and several camellias were resplendent. Some of the latter soar amongst branches of trees, dropping their heavy blooms onto the beds of last autumn’s leaves.
Some spears of bulbous plants are piercing they way through the soil to join a few crocuses and hellebores.
I spoke first to a man collecting and delivering mulch to heaps beneath some trees.
These were for gardener, Rob, to spread around the beds. Rob himself told me that he was the only person who did all the plant care, maintenance, and weeding. “A lot of work for one man”, he proudly stated.
On our way home we stopped at Redcliffe Nurseries where Jackie bought two primulas and an ivy with which to supplement her planting in the iron urn and a new one just in front of it.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s stupendous sausage casserole; her pulverised creamy mashed potato; and toothsome Brussels sprouts and broccoli. She drank Hoegaarden and I drank Val de Salis Syrah 2014
That looks like a lovely trip out. Plenty of great flowers and an excellent meal to round off the day.
Thanks very much, Quercus
That sure is a lot of work for one person! Love the magnolias, their scent is incomparable.
Very many thanks, GP
What a waste – not having that chicken for dinner.
🙂 Thanks very much, Bruce
A pleasing collection, Derrick. That last photograph is superb
Very many thanks, Roland
I think Jackie showed a lot of forbearance on her nursery visit!
🙂 Thanks very much, Pauline
I guess so! But as we might say in Maine, it keeps him out of trouble. ?
Many thanks, Laurie
That is a lot of work for only one man.
And more chickens are killed by dogs than by foxes is a shame.
Lovely post Derrick
Many thanks, Lonely
A lovely amble Derrick
Many thanks, Miriam
It was cold and blustery here today. It’s nice to see signs of spring.
I particularly liked the photo with the tree shadow and bench.
I can tell you had fun finding adjectives to describe your dinner–all true, I’m sure. 🙂
Many thanks, Merril 🙂
I like it when you get eloquent over Jackie’s meals!
🙂 Thanks very much, Val
Yay for Rob! He looks very content. Great photos, Derrick!
Many thanks, Jill
Oh, Derrick – it is so wonderful to see that spring will, one day, indeed come.
It is, Jodie. Many thanks
The iron urn really makes a great presentation with the colorful plants, a lovely rustic display.
Many thanks, Ian
Beautiful outing derrick! Wow those dogs do need to be on leashes!
Thanks a lot, Lynn. Even without the chickens visitors dogs should never be unleashed
I agreeeee so very much derrick
Hi Derrick, tell Jackie that I really love those 2 iron urns, and she’s lucky Ivor lives way over in Australia….!!
Laughter provoked. Thanks a lot, Ivor
I love a place like this, a little rustic but a feast for the eyes.
It is Arlene. Many thanks
I agree with Rob about the quantum of work he has to put up with. Great images, as usual.
Many thanks, Uma. I hope someone repairs the railings to those wooden steps.
Nice post Derrick
Many thanks, Gary
I love the garden paths and the flowers. So beautiful and refreshing
Many thanks, Geetha
Most welcome Derrick 🙂
my dog is fascinated by the chickens down the street (they are fenced in) and if given the chance, I’m sure she’d make her own supper out of them. I hold firm the leash 🙂 peace and love, K
What an amazing nursery. I’m really taken with the grounds at MacPenny’s.
Thanks very much, Helen. http://www.macpennys.co.uk
No doubt one day I will be able to pay a visit… we’re going to Portsmouth in a couple of months but by train, so on this occasion our movements round the south coast are going to be quite restricted.
Look us up if you do
Beautiful medley of spring blooms.
Many thanks, Mary
So lovely that spring has arrived there…
Thanks a lot, Julie
You sure like that sausage casserole, I used to love me bangers ‘n mash, since mislaying my stomach I can’t look at a snag :'(
I feel for you, Brian. Many thanks
Lovely pictures from the garden. The flowers are so fresh.
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You saw so many pretty flowers! Jackie’s planters look wonderful.
Thanks very much, Clare
Gardener Rob does a fine job, as does Jackie. Her gardens and planters are always pleasing to the eye.
Very many thanks, Lavinia