Her Pride And Joy

Late yesterday evening Jackie raced round the garden with her camera, gleefully photographing her pride and joy. Petunias, pelargoniums, phlox, fuchsias, clematises, alliums, agapanthuses, dahlias, verbenas, campanulas, erigeron, lilies, Japanese anemones, diascias, begonias, eucalyptus, roses, and no doubt many I’ve missed. As usual, clicking on any image will produce the gallery, each member of whichContinue reading “Her Pride And Joy”

The First Of October

My Under Gardener tasks this cooler, more cloudy, morning consisted of a little clearing to compost and a lot of rose decapitation. Among the regular bloomers like the White Winchester Cathedral, the prolific bright yellow Absolutely Fabulous, and the fulsome Lady Emma Hamilton a number of repeat performers are taking the stage. Just Joey hasContinue reading “The First Of October”

Making Do

On another hot summer’s day visiting traffic continued to pour into our area, so we stayed at home and I made do with garden flower photography. During the morning and later in the afternoon Jackie concentrated hard on irrigation, including filling the Waterboy’s shell, the level of which suffers from dehydration and thirsty birds. ButterfliesContinue reading “Making Do”

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”