We All Feel The Heat

We spent much of this hot summer’s day in the garden.

Jackie found a shady spot to continue her work on the heucheras. Each plant was stripped of any sign of fungus on the leaves; samples for cuttings were taken from the stems and the

roots were replanted in their place in the Rose Garden. While doing all this Jackie set the hoses sprinkling, and irrigated more later by hand.

I watered numerous hanging baskets and other containers; and cleared up a few clippings for composting.

Clematis Madame Julia Correvon in the Oval Bed can be seen beyond the white everlasting sweet peas climbing the arch spanning the path from the concrete patio where I sat waiting for

a somewhat careworn, hardworking, Nugget who took a brief breather on a brick, before continuing to collect food for his family.

“Where’s Nugget?” (89)

Meanwhile a small shadow-casting grasshopper scaled the mountain that was a rolled up parasol canopy.

This evening we dined on Mr Chan’s excellent Hordle Chinese Take Away fare with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Carinena Monte Plogar Tempranillo Garnacha, Syrah 2018.


    1. Not me ๐Ÿ™‚ Apparently you are meant to carry out that exercise anyway even without fungus, but Jackie hadn’t done it before. She now has cuttings galore. Thanks very much, Liz.

  1. Nugget was well camouflaged, but I found him. I wonder what he thinks about the garden. He might believe that all your work is solely for his benefit.

  2. Glad to see Jackie found some nice shade to work in. I see Nugget! We are having a hot day here, 87 degrees under a mostly clear sky. Rick baked bread this afternoon, which heated up the kitchen a bit, but his bread is quite tasty and well worth it.

  3. Send me some of that some warmth.
    I woke to a chilly morning and discovered that is only 4 degrees celcious (41 F) matching the coldest on record since 2005. Well at least it’s warmer than where we lived before moving here. it’s only 2 there…same as 7 years ago. we must be in a cycle within a cycle.

    I decided I will return to your sunny post once I have eaten a late breakfast.

    Have a good evening.

  4. Always hardworking, including Nugget ?
    But such a gorgeous garden always needs work! ??
    Nugget is blending perfectly but sometimes he takes some breaks too and admires the gorgeous flowers ? ?

  5. Jackie looks lovely in her sun hat. Nugget does look very hot and tired, poor little bird! I think it must have been much warmer where you are than here where there was a lovely cooling breeze blowing for much of the day. Beautiful insect photo!

  6. The Head Gardener apparently loves her vocation and is rather cheerful for it. Nugget (bang in the middle of the frame of the Quiz and trying pass of as a bud) does look careworn.

  7. Poor little Nugget looks like he has been under attack. I feel like getting a toothbrush and smoothing his feathers. In all the wonderful accoutrements in your garden, I have missed remembering if you have a bird bath. Perhaps on days such as this he would enjoy a little dip. Our local seagulls believe our reflection pond deck area was installed for their bath time. It’s quite relaxing to watch them.

  8. I wonder if Nugget likes the sprinklers. It’s been close to 90 F here. Our backyard cardinals like to hang around the rain-filled plastic pool I used for bathing the dogs. I must get a proper bird bath. I love Jackie’s enthusiasm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I hope you all stay safe in the heat! Drink lots of water! Keep wearing your hats! Find the shade! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jackie, the joy that you bring to your gardening work, brings joy to us! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love the photos of Nugget! I wish he could somehow know how important he as become to so many of us! ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s good to see the grasshoppers, bees, birds, etc., out and about here, too. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. On the subject of hats we discovered recently that Jackie’s black hair retains the heat while my white head reflects it. She needed a hat and I didn’t ๐Ÿ™‚

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