A Splendid Oak

On this hot, humid, and overcast morning our friend Giles visited for a tour of the garden he had not been able to enter since before the lockdown. We enjoyed a pleasant catching up, continued over coffee inside. This afternoon, after filling up with petrol, Jackie drove me to the north of the forest. TheContinue reading “A Splendid Oak”

Shifting Light

This morning my gardening occupations combined dead heading and making photographs. These roses Summer Wine and Altissimo, both coming again, were too high for me to reach with hand secateurs, and I couldn’t be bothered to fetch the steps. Bigifying will probably be necessary to appreciate these bees on bidens, on Japanese anemones, and comingContinue reading “Shifting Light”

Exercising Their Right

As I sit at my computer early in the morning reading regular WP posts, I am treated to the gently swaying delights of Stargazer lilies and fuchsia Delta’s Sarah in the front garden. Unidentified lilies graced the dragon bed where, observed by a basking ladybird, I dug holes for two more roses set to climbContinue reading “Exercising Their Right”

A Good Laugh

This afternoon I printed a photograph from https://derrickjknight.com/2019/04/17/the-first-foal/ for which I had been asked. The rider’s daughter had identified her from the blog post and it was very pleasing to receive the request. Later we drove into the forest via Undershore. Outside Pilley Community Shop a loose string of ponies, totally unaware of Social Distancing,Continue reading “A Good Laugh”

Raindrops On Everything

The wind and rain returned with a vengeance today and beset us until late afternoon. Knowing what we were in for last night we lay down the patio chairs and furled the three garden parasols. During a slight lull in the deluge I photographed raindrops on agapanthus, sweet peas, gladiolus, pelargoniums, fuchsia Garden News, dahlias,Continue reading “Raindrops On Everything”

The Toughest Test Yet

Yesterday’s rain had desisted and sun was permitted the occasional appearance when we took a drive into the forest this afternoon. A pony and foal had peeled off a group on Wootton Common alongside Holmsley Road. They held up the traffic on the opposite verge, until the mare abandoned the youngster who took some timeContinue reading “The Toughest Test Yet”

Reflecting Headlights

Welcome rain descended all day in an ever-increasing crescendo. Undeterred, my Chauffeuse drove us into the forest as rain battered the Modus and spattered the windscreen, across which the panic stricken wipers raced to and fro. In the dingy early afternoon of this cold summer’s day motorists splashed through puddle-wet streets reflecting headlight beams. TheContinue reading “Reflecting Headlights”

Love In The Time Of Cholera

During a heavily overcast yet warm morning I took a walk around the garden with my camera. At the front of the house I photographed just one example of our fuchsia Delta’s Sarah and pink pelargoniums; a severally-hued hydrangea alongside white marguerites with yellow buttery centres; and the first of three rich red lily plantsContinue reading “Love In The Time Of Cholera”

Owl Envy

On another hot and humid sunny day we took an early drive into the forest. Ponies and their foals clustered together in the lowest dip of Holmsley Passage, perhaps in hopes of evading the gathering flies. I disembarked along Bisterne Close and wandered into the dappled woodland, now devoid of ponies which could normally beContinue reading “Owl Envy”

Bees And Other Insects

On the afternoon of this decidedly sultry summer’s day I cleared up the Head Gardener’s debris from the morning, then followed insects around with my camera. Small White butterflies sought camouflage among Erigeron and rented verbena bonariensis accommodation from bees and flies which tested the strength of the Erigeron. A bluebottle clung to hebe leaves.Continue reading “Bees And Other Insects”